Mark Riso

Vice President of Legislative Affairs , PHCC-National Association
Mark Riso is the Vice President of Legislative Affairs for PHCC—National Association. He combines more than three decades of experience in politics with the grassroots efforts of PHCC chapters to represent the p-h-c industry on Capitol Hill.
  • 02.12.19

    2019 State of the Union Analysis

    In his second State of the Union (SOTU) on Feb. 5, President Trump called for compromise and national unity--on his terms--as he addressed a joint session of Congress. In the 82-minute speech, the president touched on many economic and social issues that are common to all SOTUs.  The President talked about:             tax reform             deregulation             infrastructure        …

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  • 01.24.19

    Advocacy News

    Partial Government Shutdown Continues

    The partial government shutdown continues...the basis of which gravitates around issues related to border security and immigration policies. The Senate this week will vote on two legislative proposals designed to open the government: the first will be to fund a border wall, and the second to open the federal government until February 8. President Trump’s campaign promise to build a wall between …

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  • 01.23.19

    Advocacy News

    116th Congress: Off to a Slow Start

    The 116th Congress officially went into session January 3, 2019.  As PHCC National has reported, in this current congressional cycle the U.S. Senate is controlled by Republicans (53 Republicans-47 Democrats) and the U.S. House of Representatives is now controlled by Democrats (234 Democrats-200 Republicans). Leadership in the Senate remains the same as it did for the 115th Congress: Majority …

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  • 11.30.18

    Advocacy News

    PHCC Sends Letter to Congress About its Interest in the “First Step Act”

    The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association (PHCC) applauds the ongoing efforts of the Trump Administration to pursue options, alternatives, and programs geared toward solving the skilled trades workforce crisis. PHCC is aware that the Senate is currently considering the “First Step Act” designed to help rehabilitate low-risk prisoners currently incarcerated by introducing them …

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  • 11.29.18

    Advocacy News

    Countdown for Congress to Pass Budget

    Congress (and the President) have until December 7 to pass (and sign), a federal budget – or face a partial government shutdown.  We’ve been at this point many times as a nation – and typically the issues are politically energized. The current issues (obstacles) are very clear in this budget process to complete a successful budget.  The most visible issue (and perhaps most politicized) is …

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  • 11.29.18

    Advocacy News

    Profile of the 116th Congress (2019-2020)

    With continued Republican control of the Senate – and new Democratic control of the House for the 116th Congress,  PHCC continues to monitor the profile of the 116th Congress as it pertains to House and Senate leadership – and committee chairmanships.  The Democratic Caucus nominated Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as speaker, and a vote will occur to confirm the nomination once the new Congress (House) …

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  • 11.08.18

    Advocacy News

    The 116th Congressional Election With the Election Now Over – What Are the Key “Takeaways” for PHCC?

    Whether you’re a policy wonk or fan of political polls, research and analysis - one dynamic was clear regarding the Congressional elections this week – predictions on the House and Senate races were pretty much on target and have changed the political landscape in Washington, DC.  This is important as the political profile of Congress will help guide how PHCC goes about its legislative and …

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  • 10.25.18

    Advocacy News

    All Eyes on Congressional Elections: Less Than Two Weeks Away

    With the entire U.S House of Representatives and a third or the U.S. Senate up for election in less than two weeks, all eyes are on the Congressional elections.  With the potential of a large freshmen class (House and Senate) for the 116th Congress, PHCC will be hard at work establishing, and re-establishing relations following the election. PHCC’s grassroots advocacy service provider the …

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  • 10.24.18

    Advocacy News

    President Signs PHCC-Supported WaterSense Program

    This week, President Trump signed PHCC-supported S. 3021, the Water Resources Development Act (known as “America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018),” which includes language officially authorizing the U.S. EPA’s WaterSense® program in perpetuity. The signature of the act also includes more than $6 billion in funding for water infrastructure projects nationwide. This is significant, as passage …

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  • 09.20.18

    Advocacy News

    PHCC of Colorado and PHCC of California Hold Successful Legislative Days at the Capital

    A Legislative Day at the State Capital is not difficult to plan, manage or execute. PHCC-National Association, as well as other PHCC chapters, are here to help design the event or share ideas to improve an existing event. Take a look at how PHCC of Colorado and PHCC of California benefited from their own Days at the Capital! PHCC of Colorado [caption id="attachment_77423" align="alignleft"=" …

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  • 09.20.18

    Advocacy News

    The Carl D. Perkins Act: What Is It and Why Is It Important to PHCC?

    PHCC has been a long-time advocate of the Carl D. Perkins Act, which is geared to increase the quality of technical education. The Perkins Act provides almost $1.3 billion in federal support for career and technical education programs in all 50 states, including support for integrated career pathways programs. But what exactly does it do, why is it important, and how do members tap into funding? …

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  • 09.20.18

    Advocacy News

    PHCC Advocates for Infrastructure Water Systems: A Victory to Protect the Health and Safety of a Nation

    Earlier this year, PHCC met with other allied organizations to discuss ways to educate Congress on infrastructure spending as it has to do with water systems - in order to address America’s decaying water infrastructure. PHCC also met with the Administration and it was clear that the White House wanted Congress to move on comprehensive legislation to authorize - and increase - water systems …

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