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.
PHCC Contractors Represent the Industry During 2017 Legislative Conference
June 20, 2017
The 2017 PHCC Legislative Conference, June 13-14 in Washington, D.C., brought contractors and association executives from across the country together to convey a unified message of the need for tax reform, workforce development (reauthorization of Carl D. Perkins Act) and Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) reform.
President Trump Signs Executive Order on Apprenticeships
June 20, 2017
With the intention of expanding job training opportunities, President Trump signed an Executive Order on Thursday that enables commencement of a process that will reduce the U.S. Department of Labor’s oversight of apprenticeship programs and federal job training programs. Many details are yet to be worked out, but the order indicates the Administration intends to empower third parties to develop and oversee these programs as a way to accelerate training and employment of workers.
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.