Working in Washington on Your Behalf
|As a plumbing-heating-cooling professional, your daily focus is on getting the work done and running a profitable business. If you’re like most contractors, that’s enough to keep you busy, with little time to think about the many legislative and regulatory issues that affect you and your livelihood. But relax — that’s why PHCC exists.
PHCC-National Association’s Government Relations Department provides a voice for the p-h-c industry in Washington, D.C., and empowers members to participate in effective local grassroots activism. Our work includes highly effective representation on the federal, state and local levels.
For additional information about PHCC’s Government Relations activities, please contact PHCC Vice President of Legislative Affairs Mark Riso by email or phone at (800) 533-7694.
Urgent: Register for the 2017 Legislative Conference to Ensure an Appointment with Your Member(s) of CongressMay 23, 2017
We’re so excited that our unified voice will be heard on Capitol Hill during the June 13-14 Legislative Conference! PHCC—National has begun the crucial process of scheduling meetings for the conference participants. The earlier the appointments are scheduled, the more likely they are to be accepted and confirmed. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee scheduling assistance without adequate lead time to meet protocol and security requirements. Please sign up today!
Tell Your Member of the House to Support Reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Act
May 23, 2017
The House Education and the Workforce Committee recently approved PHCC-supported H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Act). As you may recall, the legislation passed the House last year but was not considered by the Senate.
Among other improvements, the bill includes an increase in funding for career and technical education of $15 million. For the last several years, the bill has been funded at $1.2 billion.
As House leadership considers placing the bill on the legislative calendar for floor consideration, please contact your member of Congress to urge for their support.
Administration Begins Plans on a Balanced Budget
May 23, 2017
The Trump Administration is proposing a budget for FY 2018 that will take dramatic steps to wipe out the deficit. The estimated $800-billion, 10-year cut will be an attempt to spur economic growth with deep cuts in certain entitlement programs.
The proposed balanced budget will also depend on Congress passing a comprehensive tax reform overhaul and policy changes such as strong deregulation. One of the main targets to entitlement cuts would be a decrease in Medicaid spending. The decrease would be more than what is currently being discussed on Capitol Hill with the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act.
It’s important to note that the Administration plans to leave Social Security and Medicare alone.
These discussions are ongoing; PHCC—National Association will keep members up to date.
Senate Begins Work on Regulatory Accountability Act
May 23, 2017
The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs has favorably reported out the PHCC-supported bill, S. 577, the Regulatory Accountability Act. The bill now awaits Senate floor action.
This is significant. The House passed its version of the Regulatory Accountability Act earlier this year. In the last Congress, the House was able to pass the bill, but the Senate did not take up its consideration. The Regulatory Accountability Act, in essence, requires that federal agencies conduct economic impact studies to understand the burdens a rule would have on small businesses.
It also allows for greater participation of industry and citizens in the rulemaking process. If the Senate is able to pass the measure, the legislation will be included in the comprehensive tax reform package that PHCC—National Association has been reporting on this year.