July Proves Busy Month on Capitol Hill for Key Legislative Issues
NRMCA’s Government Affairs team had a busy month on Capitol Hill during the lead-up to August recess. On Friday, July 28, the House of Representatives adjourned for its annual August recess. Also, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced in mid-July that the Senate will remain in session for another two weeks to continue its work on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.
During the last frenzied month of the session, NRMCA’s Government Affairs team was engaged on the Hill on a wide range of issues important to the ready mixed concrete industry, including:
- Hosting members for two NRMCA DC Days and storming the Hill in support of resilient construction in several key pieces of legislation; discussing local issues important to their businesses and promoting the two NRMCA-supported congressional caucuses: the Ready Mixed Concrete Caucus and the Resilient Construction Caucus. There were 10 NRMCA members from six states who made more than 20 visits over these two DC Days.
- Working to protect important language supporting durable construction in the National Flood Insurance Program reauthorization; helping to craft language in the Federal Emergency Management Agency reauthorization to promote resilient construction, and advocating for more favorable implementation of the 2014 Water Development Reform and Reauthorization Act – a law that impacts many large infrastructure projects that use concrete, and met with the White House regarding these issues as well as its plans for a $1 trillion infrastructure spending plan.
For more information on these and other activities, as well as how you can get involved, please make plans to attend the Government Affairs Committee meeting at ConcreteWorks in suburban Dallas at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 29, 2017.