April 2004

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An NRCA director gives Senate testimony

At the hearing, Rick Birkman (left) was seated next to Demetrios Papademetriou, co-director of the Migration Policy Institute, Washington, D.C.; Charles Cervantes, general counsel for the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce; and Vernon Briggs, professor of industrial and labor relations at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.

On Feb. 12, Rick Birkman, president of NRCA member Texas Roofing Co., Austin, testified before the Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Judiciary on behalf of NRCA and the Essential Worker Immigration Coalition of which NRCA is a member. The hearing was called to discuss President Bush's temporary guest worker proposal. (See "Capitol Hill," March issue, page 14, for more information about Bush's plan.)

Birkman says, "The fact that NRCA was given the opportunity to be ‘at the table' to represent the business community is a testament of how far it has come as an association and how much political clout it has...

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