NARI on the Hill
NARI is STILL coming to Washington, D.C.
Mother Nature did not cooperate with NARI’s plans for a March National Fly-In. After a winter season with negligible snow fall, the DC region braced itself for a significant accumulation of snow on the exact day that NARI members were to arrive in the nation’s capital. While the storm ended up being much less severe than originally forecasted, airlines had already gone ahead and cancelled hundreds of flights into the DC airports, forcing NARI members to cancel their well laid plans.
But the NARI Government Affairs Committee and leaders at NARI National are not going to let a winter storm stop NARI from making its voice heard on Capitol Hill. The Fly-In has now been rescheduled for on .
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NARI visits with the Department of Education to talk about Workforce Development
Even though the national Fly-In was cancelled, local NARI members still went ahead with a scheduled meeting on Thursday, March 16th with high level staff at the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) in the U.S. Department of Education (the Department; ED). NARI members attending the meeting included, David Merrick, Mason Hearn, Joe Normandy, and Angela Hubbard. Tim Hutchinson and Monica Schulteis from Greenberg Traurig, NARI’s lobby firm in the nation’s capital, also attended.
Congress votes to overturn OSHA’s Volks Rule
Using the procedure set up under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), evening, March 22nd the U.S. Senate passed a resolution of disapproval for the OSHA Volks Recordkeeping Rule. With the House passing a similar resolution earlier in the month, the measure now heads to the President’s desk where he is expected to sign it into law and, in so doing, overturn this Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulation.
The Volks Rule was considered by many to be an overreach by a federal agency that will subject millions of American businesses to citations for paperwork violations, while doing nothing to improve worker health and safety. Finalized on December 19, 2016, the rule attempts to extend to five years the explicit six month statute of limitations on recordkeeping violations in the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act of 1970.