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.
  • 06.25.20

    Advocacy News

    Congress Pushes COVID Relief to July

    In our last report, Congress was expected to prepare passage of a fourth comprehensive COVID-19 relief package to be voted on by the July 4 holiday. However, Congress will need to debate and pass law enforcement reform legislation which is scheduled to pass by the end of the month. Additionally, policymakers continue to monitor the economic recovery to determine how much relief may be needed in …

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  • 06.25.20

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    Infrastructure Legislation Voting Set for June 30

    Next week, the U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on a partisan infrastructure bill. The $1.5 trillion, 2,300-page proposal places significant emphasis on surface transportation and climate change initiatives. However, provisions related to rebuilding schools, water infrastructure, and energy-efficient tax credits may be of interest to PHCC members. H.R.2, the Moving Forward Act …

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  • 06.04.20

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    Senate Passes Paycheck Protection Flexibility Legislation, Goes to President for Signature

    On Wednesday afternoon, June 3, 2020, the U.S. Senate passed legislation loosening restrictions for borrowers under the Paycheck Protection Program. H.R.7010 is headed to the White House as of press time where the President is expected to sign the bill into law. The Paycheck Protection Program was established under the CARES Act, which passed at the end of March when it was anticipated that the …

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  • 05.28.20

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    Legislation in House and Senate Provides PPP Flexibility

    Sen. Angus King (I-ME) and Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) introduced legislation to improve the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for small businesses that have taken advantage of the SBA program to help keep their companies afloat and employees on the payroll in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The PPP program is a $650 billion loan program for small businesses that was established within a very short …

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  • 05.28.20

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    HEROES Act Passes House, Sets Stage for Phase 4 Negotiations

    On May 15, H.R.6800 (the HEROES Act) passed the U.S. House of Representatives on a party-line vote. It is a 1,815-page bill that primarily serves two purposes: It is a comprehensive $3 trillion piece of legislation that, for the most part, spells out the legislative priorities for House Democrats. It includes $1 trillion for states to fight COVID, additional economic stimulus for individuals and …

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  • 05.14.20

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    House Democrats Release Phase 4 Proposal Worth $3 Trillion

    On Tuesday, May 12, 2020, Democratic leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced “Phase 4” legislation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. H.R.6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, is a $3 trillion comprehensive spending package. The proposal includes $1 trillion in emergency relief for states to combat the outbreak, $200 billion in …

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  • 04.28.20

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    Will It Be Enough? What’s Next?

    Roughly two weeks after President Trump signed the CARES Act into law to inject $2.3 trillion into the U.S. economy to keep it afloat, the $350 billion allocated for small business assistance through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) dried up. As of close-of-business Wednesday, April 15, more than 1½ million small businesses were approved for $324 billion in loans. The fund was completely …

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  • 04.28.20

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    President Trump Signs $500 Billion Supplement to CARES Act; Loan Applications Opened Up to Small Lenders

    The President signed legislation last week to replenish the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and other emergency loan programs. Congressional leaders agreed to the deal after two weeks of negotiations over differences on whether to use federal funds for Coronavirus relief efforts for state and local governments, in addition to prioritizing PPP loans for minority-, women- and veteran-owned small …

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  • 04.21.20

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    Congress Agrees to $500 Billion Supplement to CARES Act

    Congressional leaders agreed to a deal to replenish the Paycheck Protection Program. If the Senate approves the legislation, the Paycheck Protection Program Increase Act of 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives could pass the bill before the end of the week and have it ready for the President’s signature. The legislation will fund the PPP by an additional $310 billion. $60 billion will be set …

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  • 04.16.20

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    COVID-19: What Now?

    Roughly two weeks after President Trump signed the CARES Act into law to inject $2.3 trillion into the U.S. economy to keep it afloat, the $350 billion allocated for small business assistance is expected to dry up by the end of the week. As of close-of-business Wednesday, 1.52 million small businesses were approved for $324 billion in loans. Currently, the next round of COVID-19 response …

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  • 03.26.20

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    Tell Your Lawmakers to Ensure Plumbing and HVAC Professionals Are Classified as Essential Infrastructure Workforce

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued guidance outlining essential workers that should be exempt from any quarantine orders directed by state or local governments requiring citizens to stay at home. However, While the DHS specifies plumbers and those in water services and wastewater treatment as “essential,” there is no specific mention of …

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  • 03.26.20

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    Congress Passes COVID-19 Legislation, Senate Passes “Phase 3”

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress has passed two bills providing financial aid and is currently debating a third bill that will provide significant economic stimulus (subsequently known as “Phase 1,” “Phase 2,” and “Phase 3”).  Phase 1 – On March 6, 2020, the president signed an $8.3 billion emergency spending bill (H.R.6074 Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental …

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