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NECA Legislative Update: Top Three

Dec 08, 2017

Tax Bill Goes to Conference

1. On December 5, NECA, as a member of the Energy Trade Action Coalition, was invited to participate in a press conference held at the National Press Club in Washington DC urging President Trump to oppose imposing destructive Section 201 solar tariffs on U.S. industry and consumers. NECA also worked with Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) to secure signatures by 32 other Members of Congress expressing concerns of the pending Section 201 global safeguard case regarding placing tariffs on the solar industry to Ambassador Robert Lightizer, the U.S. Trade Representative. Lastly, NECA’s Congressional allies also commissioned an independent study from the Congressional Research Service on the impact the tariffs would have on the solar market. The study was distributed to members of Congress and the Administration.

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NECA Look Ahead: The solar case is one of NECA’s top priorities. NECA continues to meet with key members of Congress to weigh in with both President Trump and U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Robert Lighthizer. The President is required to rule on the case by January 12, 2018.

2. This week House and Senate leaders announced which Members of Congress will serve on the Conference Committee that will combine both the tax bills passed by the House and Senate.

NECA’s Look Ahead: Now that the Conference Committee has been officially named in both the House and the Senate NECA will continue to advocate our key tax priorities with the member of the conference committee. It is expected Conferees will move quickly to wrap up the legislative process and deliver a final product to President Trump before December 22.

Members of the Conference Committee:

House of Representatives

 

 Republicans

 Democrats   
 Kevin Brady (R-TX) – Ways & Means (Chairman)   Richard Neal (D-MA) – Ways & Means (Ranking Member)
 Devin Nunes (R-CA) – Ways & Means   Sander Levin (D-MI) - – Ways & Means
 

 Peter Roskam (R-IL) – Ways & Means

 

 Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) – Ways & Means

 
 Diane Black (R-TN) – Ways & Means  Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) – Natural Resources (Ranking Member)
 Kristi Noem (R-SD) – Ways & Means  

Kathy Castor (D-FL) – Energy & Natural Resources

 Rob Bishop (R-UT) – Natural Resources (Chairman)  
 Don Young (R-AK) – Natural Resources  
 

Greg Walden (R-OR) – Energy & Commerce (Chairman)

 
 John Shimkus (R-IL) – Energy & Commerce  

Senate

 Republicans   Democrats  
 Orrin Hatch (R-UT) –Finance (Chairman)  Ron Wyden (D-OR) – Finance (Ranking Member), Energy & Natural Resources
 Mike Enzi (R-WY) –  Budget (Chairman), Finance   

Bernie Sanders (I-VT) – Budget (Ranking Member), Energy & Natural Resources

 Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) – Energy & Natural Resources (Chairman)  Maria Cantwell (D-WA) – Energy & Natural Resources (Ranking Member), Finance
 John Cornyn (R-TX) – Finance  Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) – Finance, Energy & Natural Resources
 John Thune (R-SD) – Finance  Patty Murray (D-WA) – Budget 
 Tim Scott (R-SC) – Finance  

Bob Menendez (D-NJ) – Finance

 

 Pat Toomey (R-PA) - Finance

 Tom Carper (D-DE) – Finance 

3. The effort to repeal the Cadillac Tax reached a milestone earlier this week as the House bill, H.R. 173 introduced by Representatives Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Mike Kelly (R-PA), hit 218 cosponsors. By achieving this level of support, the bill could pass the House floor as standalone legislation. In addition, we can anticipate more cosponsors signing on now that the bill has reached this level of support.

NECA's Look Ahead: NECA, along with a large coalition of associations and businesses, will continue to urge House Republican Leadership to allow the bill to reach the House floor as standalone legislation. The current appetite to do so does not appear to be present but the sheer amount of lawmaker support of this bill has many in the fight to repeal the tax optimistic. Be sure to tell your Member of Congress to support repeal of the Cadillac Tax today.