Costa Praises Gov. Newsom Announcement Expanding Farmworker Protections

Jul 24, 2020
Press Release

(WASHINGTON) Congressman Jim Costa released the following statement praising California Governor Gavin Newsom’s announcement of a new program aimed at extending protections for the state’s farm labor workforce who may need to isolate during the COVID 19 health crisis:

“Not enough has been done to the protect the frontline workers laboring every day to maintain our food supply,” said Rep. Costa. “The COVID 19 pandemic has disproportionally affected the laborers in our farming communities and I’m pleased to see Governor Newsom expand protections for these men and women at a time when they are needed most to help feed American families.”

Housing for the Harvest will provide hotel rooms for farmworkers and food processing workers who have either tested positive for COVID-19 or who have been directed to isolate by health officials. Rooms will be provided for these workers who do not have a suitable home situation for isolation.

Congressman Costa has called for protections for our nation’s farmworkers throughout this health crisis and will continue to fight for their safety and those of their families.