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.
  • 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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  • 06.16.21

    PHCC 2021 VIRTUAL Legislative Conference Gives P-H-C Professionals the Power to Shape Infrastructure Policy

    For the first time ever, the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association (PHCC) hosted its annual legislative conference in a virtual format, providing PHCC members, chapter executives and industry partners the opportunity talk directly with legislators despite access restrictions on Capitol Hill. At the June 15-16 PHCC 2021 VIRTUAL Legislative Conference, attendees let their voice …

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  • 05.25.21

    Advocacy News

    Heavy Activity in State Capitols Across the Country: Pennsylvania and Michigan Legislation Will Stop Local Governments from Banning Natural Gas

    Since 2019, PHCC has been monitoring policy developments around the country as they relate to natural gas. It started with various municipal governments across California passing local ordinances that would prohibit natural gas installations in new construction, with an outlook on phasing out the use of natural gas in current infrastructure as part of a broader effort to decarbonize the energy …

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  • 04.28.21

    Advocacy News

    PHCC ANALYSIS: Congress Debates Infrastructure;
    Key Provisions Impact P-H-C Contractors

    Since President Biden announced his administration’s ambitious plan to rebuild America’s infrastructure on March 31, debates for and against the proposal have dominated conversations in Washington and beyond. PHCC is watching these debates closely, as the current proposal includes several provisions that directly and indirectly affect contractors.   The American Jobs Plan is an eight-year, $2.3 …

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  • 04.19.21

    Advocacy News

    President Biden Unveils Infrastructure Plan

    On March 31, President Joe Biden announced his administration’s ambitious plan to rebuild America’s infrastructure. The American Jobs Plan is an eight-year, $2.3 trillion proposal making significant investments in the country’s highways and bridges, ports, broadband networks, energy grids, buildings, and water infrastructure, which is aligned with the LIFT America Act introduced in the U.S. …

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  • 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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