Mark Valentini

Director of Legislative Affairs , PHCC-National Association
Mark Valentini is the Director of Legislative Affairs for PHCC—National Association. A seasoned professional with more than 20 years of experience on Capitol Hill and with several national trade associations, Valentini applies his expertise in public policy, workforce and training, and insurance and tax matters to advocate on behalf of all PHCC members.
  • 08.18.22

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    Inflation Reduction Act: The Tradeoffs Aren’t Worth It

    PHCC legislative staff is looking through the 700+ page bill to understand its full impact on contractors. Below is what we have learned about the pros and cons of this bill thus far. PROS AND CONS What we like: There are tax incentives for contractors that perform work improving the energy efficiency of their customers’ homes and businesses, and tax credits have been increased for homeowners …

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  • 03.28.22

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    PHCC on the Front Lines in the Battle to Protect Fuel Choice in New York; Battles Heat up in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast

    New York State has been ground zero for the energy choice battle since New York City successfully implemented a ban on natural gas connections in new construction and major renovations beginning in 2023. PHCC National has been working with PHCC of New York and PHCC of Long Island to advocate against natural gas bans and in favor of fuel choice legislation that allows homeowners and consumers …

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  • 03.02.22

    PHCC's Mark Valentini

    PHCC Statement at Energy Code Press Conference in Albany, NY

    The New York State Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association, the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association (PHCC), and its state and local counterparts across the country oppose efforts to eliminate the use of natural gas. Plumbing and HVAC contractors are environmentalists by trade, ensuring the American people have access to clean water and air through modern, …

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  • 02.23.22

    PHCC of Virginia Goes to Richmond to Support Fuel Choice

    PHCC of Virginia leaders visited the state Capitol in Richmond on Feb. 17 to urge state senators to support passage of House Bill 1257, a bill preventing local governments and municipalities in the Commonwealth from banning natural gas connections in new construction. House Bill 1257 would preempt the type of activity we’ve witnessed in New York City and other localities across the country …

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  • 12.17.21

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    Setbacks in Fight Against Gas Bans Will Make for a Rough Start to 2022

    There have been several developments in the past month in New York and North Carolina on the natural gas front. In New York City, the City Council is getting ready to vote on a highly restrictive ban on natural gas that would prohibit gas installations in new construction, and phase out existing connections in existing construction where major renovations are undertaken. Similar legislation  …

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  • 12.15.21

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    Government Shutdown Averted, Must-Pass Bills at Bat, BBB Strikes Out

    The President signed a stopgap measure on Dec. 3 that keeps the federal government funded through Feb. 18, 2022 at FY21 funding levels, averting a government shutdown. Senate leaders have also reached an agreement on how to pass a debt ceiling increase, and also on passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The debt ceiling increase and NDAA are must-pass pieces of legislation, as …

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  • 12.15.21

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    PHCC Stands With Industry Stakeholders Against EPA Overreach

    PHCC has joined industry stakeholders Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) and Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) in filing a petition for judicial review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The petition asks the court to overturn the ban on single-use cylinders and …

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  • 11.16.21

    Advocacy News

    President Biden Signs Infrastructure Bill, Challenges Ahead for Build Back Better Plan

    On Monday, Nov. 15, President Biden signed into law HR3684, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (more commonly known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework, or “BIF”). The bill includes over $110 billion for water infrastructure and building resiliency projects with the potential to put PHCC contractors to work, in addition to $73 billion to reinforce the national energy grid, $5 …

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  • 11.09.21

    Congress Sends Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill to President Biden

    On Friday evening, Nov. 5, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework where it now goes to the President for his signature. The $1.2 trillion legislation is the largest investment in U.S. infrastructure since the Eisenhower administration. Roughly half the cost of the proposal will be slated toward surface transportation projects, with the rest focused on- …

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  • 09.30.21

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    Legislative Crunch and Potential Crises Ahead

    The House is expected to vote on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework (BIF) today, September 30, 2021. Liberal House Democrats have threatened to vote against BIF if there is no agreement with the Senate on passage of a separate spending bill, the Build Back Better plan, a $3.5 trillion piece of legislation embodying the Biden administration’s social priorities. House Republican leadership is …

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  • 08.25.21

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    Senate Passes Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill and Takes First Step on Major Reconciliation Package

    On Aug. 10, the U.S. Senate passed a long-awaited infrastructure package on a bipartisan 69-30 vote. The package is valued at approximately $1 trillion, about $600 billion of which is new spending. $55 billion has been earmarked for water infrastructure projects, including drinking and waste water treatment, as well as lead pipe replacement. An additional $5 billion has been earmarked for …

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  • 06.23.21

    Advocacy News

    Bipartisan Infrastructure Proposal Emerges

    As infrastructure talks fell apart between Congressional Republicans, led by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and President Biden, a bipartisan group of 20 Senators developed a framework on a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package. Republicans and the Biden administration failed to compromise on a major infrastructure overhaul. Republicans were concerned about the tax hikes associated with the $1 …

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