1. As a means of filling an estimated $90 billion budget hole that would be created by repealing the Cadillac Tax, Congressional leaders have reportedly been considering capping the tax break on employer-provided healthcare. The cap would limit the amount employers can exclude from workers’ taxes for the healthcare benefits they provide. The effect of this would be an increase in taxes for employees with benefits that exceed the current limits.
NECA’s Look Ahead: NECA will be working with Congress to discourage consideration of this proposal or any other similar effort to create a new tax burden on NECA contractors.
2. Following the fall from grace of Andrew Puzder, President Trump has nominated Alexander Acosta to be his next Labor Secretary. Acosta, a lawyer from Miami and Dean of Florida International University College of Law, has also served on the National Labor Relations Board.
NECA’s Look Ahead: NECA believes Mr. Acosta deserves serious consideration as an appointee as he is not only well versed in labor law, but has had considerable experience working with the labor community.
3. Almost a month into the Trump Administration, the majority of his cabinet (20 nominees) are still awaiting the Senate to hold confirmation hearings and floor votes. The administration is also waiting on the nomination and confirmation of 515 senior positions and 700 additional junior positions within the executive agencies that the Cabinet Secretaries oversee.
NECA’s Look Ahead: The slow pace of the confirmation process makes it especially difficult for the government to function. Even in agencies where the Secretary has been confirmed, the backlog of Cabinet level nominees needing a confirmation vote has created a situation where the agency is left without staff to serve under the Secretary. At the current pace, the confirmation process for every agency will not be completed until well into the summer. View the current list of the key confirmable positions and the status of the appointment here.