Having spoken to farmers who were forced to leave their crops in the field due to a lack of labor, I know how important reform for our agricultural visa system is — not only to the farmers themselves but also in keeping food costs down for every American working to feed their family.
The details of the legislation we support will be crucial. We can and should put politics aside to pass effective reform, but we cannot ignore the threat of an activist executive branch both now and in the future to choose on a whim which laws ought to be carried out and which ought to be disregarded. We must work to write legislation that cannot be ignored by this administration or any other. While that will be a challenge, we have a unique opportunity to create jobs, strengthen our economy and make America more productive. We should take advantage of it now.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.