LIBRE’s 2023 Federal Policy Agenda
With over 60 million Hispanics across the U.S., our community continues to be a vibrant and essential member of the U.S. economy, culture, community, and society.
Unfortunately, the Latino community faces immense barriers toward achieving the American Dream. Latinos are looking to policymakers to work together and support policies that will empower individuals and expand opportunity for all.
The Latino community, like all Americans, is eager to live out their version of The American Dream.
To address these challenges, LIBRE’s 2023 policy agenda provides federal lawmakers with options to remove barriers to opportunity by:
- Building a Thriving and Free Economy
- Addressing Affordable, Quality Health Care
- Modernizing our Immigration System & Border Security
- Unlocking U.S. Energy Potential
A Thriving and Free Economy
The road to economic prosperity is one paved by increasing access to work, respecting worker freedom and choice, cutting burdensome regulations, and fixing our broken budget process.
H.R. 2799 Expanding Access to Capital Act
This bill contains several provisions that improve capital formation by reducing burdensome regulations and expanding the pool of potential investors. This bill will significantly benefit all small businesses owners and allow more individuals to invest their money regardless of wealth or status.
H.R. 3937 Small Business Jobs Act
This bill encourages investment in rural America, cuts red tape that holds back independent workers, and supports small businesses by increasing
their access to capital to overcome challenges with high prices and supply chain issues.
Affordable, Quality Health Care
The Latino community, and all Americans, need congress to enact policies that move the country towards a system where individuals and families have access to the high-quality care they need, when they need it, and at a price they can afford. This means shifting toward a personalized and customizable system and away from a top down and inefficient one.
H.R. 4189/ S. 2016 CONNECT Act
This bill permanently extends the health care flexibility that was made available during the pandemic, including, allowing rural health clinics and federally qualified health centers
to offer telehealth, removing in- person requirements, and removing geographic restriction.
H.R. 1843/ S. 1001 Telehealth Expansion Act of 2023
This bill allows for the use of health savings accounts to access telehealth services without having to first meet a deductible.
H.R. 4942/ S.665 Conrad State 30 and Physician Access Reauthorization Act
allows American educated, foreign born physicians with a J-1 visa to stay in the U.S. and practice if they commit to relocating to rural and underserved communities. This bill renews the program to continue for three more years.
A Modernized Immigration System & Border Security
An overwhelming majority of Americans want immigration reform. Our current system does not work. We need a strong and effective border security paired with reform for legal pathways, so the immigration system works for all Americans.
H.R.3442/ S. 1667 – America’s CHILDREN Act
This bill focuses on the over 250,000 young people who legally grew up in the U.S. and arrived as dependents of individuals with employment visas. They are being raised and educated in the U.S., but are forced to self deport at 21 years old. This bill fixes this problem by allowing these children to apply for permanent residency if they arrived before the age of 12, have lived in the country for more than 10 years, and have graduated with a college degree. This bill helps retain high talent, American-educated and American- raised individuals
H.R.4708 – HIRE Act
The U.S. immigration system is far too complex due to burdensome and unnecessary regulations that keep U.S. small businesses from filling crucial seasonal labor gaps. The HIRE act would streamline the process for temporary H-2A and H-2B visas by expanding
the labor certification period to three years, waiving the in-person interview requirement for returning workers, and improving transparency for American workers who wish to fill these jobs.