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.
  • 02.24.21

    Advocacy News

    Another COVID Relief Bill Slated to Pass House by End of Week

    The U.S. House of Representatives is going through the procedural motions to pass the American Rescue Plan, the fifth comprehensive COVID relief bill. It is expected to pass the House by Friday, Feb. 26, though it may have to overcome a few hurdles in the Senate. The bill is a major Biden administration priority that will provide additional emergency funding to state and local governments to …

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  • 02.24.21

    Advocacy News

    PHCC Joins With Industry Counterparts to Support the National Apprenticeship Act

    Earlier this month, PHCC joined with the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO); the Union of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders, and Service Techs (United Association, or UA); and Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) to celebrate the passage of the National Apprenticeship Act (NAA) in the U.S. House of Representatives. This is the first reauthorization of the NAA …

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  • 01.26.21

    Advocacy News

    Another Texas Licensing Battle Expected

    As the Texas State Legislature gears up for its biannual session, a bill was pre-filed in late November in the Texas House of Representatives that would extend the charter of the state’s Board of Plumbing Examiners (BPE). HB636, if passed into law, would allow the BPE to operate until September 1, 2027, unless the state’s sunset review process determines it should continue to exist. As a, …

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  • 01.26.21

    Advocacy News

    PHCC Scores in COVID Relief; Legislative Challenges Still to Come

    On Sunday evening, December 27, outgoing President Donald Trump signed the last piece of legislation to cross the Resolute Desk before the end of his term. The FY2021 omnibus spending package to keep the Federal government funded through September 30 included more than $900 billion in COVID relief that has been haggled over by congressional leaders and White House staff for nearly nine months. …

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  • 12.22.20

    COVID Relief Bill Passes Congress

    Over the weekend, Congress came to an agreement on the next COVID package, which is attached to the FY2021 spending bill. It passed the House and Senate yesterday and is en route to the White House for President Trump’s signature. After months of vigorous advocacy on behalf of plumbing and HVAC contractors, PHCC has secured many of our policy priorities in the 116th Congress. Bad news first: …

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  • 12.16.20

    Defense Bill Passes Congress with Anti-Small Business Provision

    The House and Senate also passed last week the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to fund the military through next year. The President has threatened to veto the bill because it does not contain the repeal of Section 230, which provides liability protection for social media platforms based on the content they post. While there is bipartisan support for Section 230 reform, most lawmakers …

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  • 12.16.20

    Congress Down to the Wire on COVID Relief and Spending Bill

    Congress appears to be on the cusp of a deal for another major COVID relief package that will restart the Paycheck Protection Program, issue stimulus payments to Americans, and offer another round of Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC). What will not be included in the package is aid to state and local governments for emergency COVID response, and more importantly it will not …

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  • 12.11.20

    Advocacy News

    Congress Down to the Wire
    Key Legislation Needs to Pass Before Christmas

    Last week, a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers rallied around a $908 billion COVID relief package that would extend the PPP program, expand eligibility to 501(c)6 organizations, provide liability protection for businesses against COVID litigation, $300 per week per individual in federal unemployment benefits, and provide funding to state and local governments for emergency response. While …

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  • 11.23.20

    Lame Duck Provides Tight Window To Advance PHCC Policy Priorities by Year-End

    As the 116th Congress comes to a close, there is still some legislative work to be done before lawmakers adjourn for the year and go home for the winter holidays. A budget needs to be passed to keep the federal government funded through FY2021; a tax extenders bill is also in the works; the House and Senate each passed energy bills earlier this fall that need to be reconciled; a well-meaning …

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  • 11.02.20

    Advocacy News

    COVID Relief May Be Pushed to Lame Duck or Beyond House Democrats and White House on Cusp of Deal, but Senate not Quite on Board

    There is some optimism that a COVID relief deal will be reached between Speaker Pelosi and President Trump prior to November 3, but it is incumbent upon Senate Republicans to get on board. After months of negotiations, there continues to be disagreement on the following issues: Liability protection for schools, hospitals and businesses. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has insisted for …

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  • 09.23.20

    Advocacy News

    PHCC Priorities Still in Play for COVID Relief: A Political Analysis

    Last month, PHCC reported that mid-recess legislative activity in both the House and Senate was sending a signal that negotiations may restart on a COVID relief package that could result in a bill being passed around Labor Day. Since then, White House negotiators, including the President’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, have indicated that a deal may not come until “after September.” The recent …

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  • 08.26.20

    Advocacy News

    COVID Relief Negotiations Not Written Off … Yet Republican “Skinny Bill” Retains 501(c)6 Provisions, But Final Deal Up in the Air

    Last month, PHCC reported that mid-recess legislative activity in both the House and Senate was sending a signal that negotiations may restart on a COVID relief package that could result in a bill being passed around Labor Day. Since then, White House negotiators including the President’s chief of staff Mark Meadows have indicated that a deal may not come until “after September.” Senate Majority …

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