To reform the H-2A program for nonimmigrant agricultural workers, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as-- (1) the ``Better Agriculture Resources Now Act''; or (2) the ``BARN Act''.
SEC. 2. H-2A PROGRAM REFORMS.
(a) Definition of Agricultural Labor or Services.--Section 101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a) of such Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a)) is amended-- (1) by striking ``and the pressing'' and inserting ``the pressing''; and (2) by striking ``of a temporary'' and all that follows through the end and inserting ``, and the handling, planting, drying, packing, packaging, processing, freezing, grading, storing, or delivering to storage or to market or to a carrier for transportation to market, in its unmanufactured state, any agricultural or horticultural commodity, or''. (b) Deemed Approval.--Section 218(c)(3)(A) of such Act (8 U.S.C. 1188(c)(3)(A)) is amended by inserting before ``In considering'' the following: ``The Secretary of Labor shall review such application and shall provide a determination on the application within 30 days of the date of the filing of the application. If the Secretary does not comply with the deadline in the preceding sentence, the application shall be deemed approved.''. (c) Experience Requirement.--Section 218(c)(3)(A) of such Act (8 U.S.C. 1188(c)(3)(A)), as amended by subsection (b), is further amended by adding at the end the following: ``A job offer may contain an experience requirement as long as work performed in an illegal status may not be...