NARI on the Hill
NARI Comes to Washington!
NARI members across the country are gearing up for the second Annual NARI Fly-In and Lobby Day in the nation’s capital. Taking place from click here to register. evening, March 14ththrough evening, March 15th, NARI members will have the opportunity to interact with their Congressional representatives and staff.
The event will kick off with a reception evening, followed by a private tour of the Capitol by former Members of Congress. , NARI members will get to hear from a number of Congressional representatives and then will spend the afternoon visiting with their Congressional delegations.
Here are what a couple NARI members had to say about their participation in the 2016 Fly-In:
“It is a rewarding experience to represent an organization like NARI on Capitol Hill. It is also exhausting because your concentration and energy level are very high throughout the day. Not everyone in the world has the opportunity to participate in public elections and not everyone has the opportunity to personally meet with their elected officials in their own Nation’s Capitol! We would encourage NARI members from every chapter to make the next National Government Affairs Fly-In a fully attended event. You will not regret your investment of time.” Steve Klitsch, Maryland NARI member
“Virginia Representative Bobby Scott and his staff were very receptive regarding NARI’s Career and Technical Education initiatives. We look forward to working effectively with a bipartisan Capitol Hill to meet the workforce needs of our industry which begins with training the next generation of skilled tradesmen.” Leo Lantz, Virginia NARI member
“Lobbying with NARI grants the average person access to change the laws, rules, and regulations to make a positive difference in our business.” Taylor Moore, Virginia NARI member
“In a society where criticism of our government is commonplace, we must remember that we are not powerless to advocate for change. I feel fortunate to live in a country where we can sit down with our lawmakers and discuss issues that will impact our economy, our industry, our companies and ultimately our families. I am humbled and honored to represent NARI and to have participated in our first Capitol Hill Fly-In event.” Angela Hubbard, Executive Director, NARI Central Virginia
There will be a lot of changes taking place this year in Washington and NARI members will have an opportunity to play a role in new rules and legislation that will affect remodelers. Plan to participate and make your voice heard.
Please register early so we can make best efforts to connect you with your representatives
For those that will be flying in or taking the train, NARI has a room block at the Hilton Springfield. The room rate is $159. The block expires on .
A new Congress and a new President
The 115th Congress convened on January 3rd with Republicans in control of the House, the Senate, and by January 20th, the White House. All 435 Members of the House of Representatives were sworn into office. Paul Ryan was reelected Speaker and Nancy Pelosi as the Minority Leader. The Senate began by swearing in 34 members set to begin a six-year term, including seven new members.
The new Congress immediately got down to work, with the House passing H.R. 5, The Regulatory Accountability Act. This legislative package contains six regulatory reform bills including H.R. 33, the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act. H.R. 33 is identical to the version of the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act that passed the House in the 114th Congress by a bipartisan vote of 260-163.
Similar legislation will need to be passed by the Senate before it can be enacted into law.
While NARI is a supporter of H.R. 33, it is important to note that this legislation does not reflexively roll back any current regulations. Instead the legislation has three main components: (1) It will require federal regulators to take into consideration both the direct and any reasonably foreseeable indirect effects that proposed regulations will have on small businesses. Sometimes regulators do not have a full appreciation of the impact of regulations on small businesses. H.R. 33 expresses this concern of Congress and directs that regulators take into account the full impact of any new rules; (2) In an attempt to help regulators understand the impact, the legislation provides more opportunity for small businesses to engage in the regulatory process; (3) Agencies will be required to regularly review regulations already on the books for their economic impact on small businesses. Many times regulations stay on the books long after they are needed or useful. Evolving technology can also provide better and cheaper alternatives to conducting business. By requiring a regular review, agencies will have to look at current regulations to make sure they are still relevant and are the best economic alternative.
Unlike some business associations, NARI does not take the position that all regulations are bad. To the contrary, NARI members support regulations that promote the safety and well being of NARI employees and clients. There is a three prong approach that NARI uses when it reviews proposed regulations: (1) Is there a problem that needs to be corrected?; (2) Does the proposed regulation or legislation address and solve that problem?; (3) Is there a rational cost/benefit ratio between the problem and the solution?
The NARI Government Affairs Committee (GAC) will continue to monitor regulatory and legislative actions that impact remodelers. The GAC encourages NARI members to contact Chairman Laurence Carolan, or Dan Taddei at NARI national should members become concerned over any changes that would impact the health or safety of NARI employees or customers.
The Inauguration of President Trump
On January 20th, Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.
Swearing in of Donald J. Trump at the Capitol
Despite all the controversy, the United States of America once again concluded a peaceful transfer of power between two people who had vastly different visions for the future of the nation. And in true credit to our nation’s law enforcement agencies, they were able to ensure the safety of both those participating in the inaugural ceremonies as well as those who wanted to protest the new president.
Protestors organizing in a designated area along the Pennsylvania Avenue Parade route
The new President started work afternoon issuing an executive order on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and a memo to halt regulations. The order on the ACA granted federal agencies broad authority to implement and oversee the 2010 health care law. Specifically, the executive order will allow the Secretary of Health and Human Services as well as leaders of other agencies to “waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay” implementation of any provisions within the law that would fiscally burden states. The order would also expand to any regulations imposed on hospitals, insurers, patients and drug and device manufacturers. In the order the President also stated his intention to “seek the prompt repeal” of the ACA.
In the Regulation memo, the President asked the heads of federal departments and agencies to stop advancing regulations until his own appointees are able to review them. This type of memo is typical when a new party takes over the White House and is very similar to one that then-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel sent on Jan. 20, 2009.
Meanwhile Congressional Republicans have begun to take steps to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Republicans are going to use a budgetary procedure to repeal much of the ACA. This is the same budgetary procedure that President Obama used to pass the ACA in 2010. It is unclear if Republicans have a full plan to replace the ACA, and this lack of a definitive alternative is causing considerable concern among the rank and file GOP. Democrats are unlikely to support any Republican efforts to repeal or replace the healthcare law, leaving the Republican leadership with the task of rounding up almost every Republican vote in order to pass a new bill. Leadership has indicated a desire to finish healthcare in the next several weeks so they can move on to tax reform, but it remains to be seen if their agenda can be completed within such a short timetable.