In response to growing concern over hostile administration of the H-2B program by the U.S. Departments of Labor and Homeland Security, a House Small Business subcommittee held a hearing on June 12 to look into the growing regulatory and legal chaos affecting program users. The hearing, presided over by Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC), mostly spotlighted reliance on the program by seasonal resorts, and challenges these businesses face trying to use the only legal seasonal labor safety net available to many employers. H-2B is also extremely important for the landscape contracting and services industry. Rep. Rice, in a blog post
published in The Hill, made the case for why H-2B is important in industries with peak season hiring needs.