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Legislative Update: Top Three 8/18/17

Aug 17, 2017

1. On August 16, 2017, Ways and Means Chairman, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) held a press conference at President Ronald Reagan’s Ranch in Santa Barbara, California on the benefits of tax reform.

NECA’s Look Ahead: Chairman Brady’s promise that tax reform will be accomplished this year is a great sign of a unified effort by the Republican Party to tackle this major legislative priority. The show of Republican unity was missing in the disastrous effort to repeal the ACA. NECA looks forward to continue working with Chairman Brady and members of the committee to enact meaningful comprehensive tax reform legislation. The Reagan Ranch was the location where President Ronald Reagan signed his 1981 tax reform legislation.

2. The Energy Trade Action Coalition (ETAC), of which NECA is a member, urged the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on August 15 to end the Section 201 trade case on imported solar components that currently is threatening the U.S. solar industry. It is the position of NECA and the coalition that as the solar industry continues to grow and compete with other traditional energy and renewable energy sources, now is not the time to undercut its momentum by doubling the price of solar panels for consumers.  This is why the coalition members, which includes utilities, power co-ops, manufacturers, solar supply chain companies, retailers and other large commercial users, are so active in making their voices heard to prevent these unwarranted tariffs.

NECA’s Look Ahead: Even the staff report developed by the ITC shows that the industry’s production and capacity are expanding and there are new entrants coming into the market. This indicates that the prospects for the solar industry are strong and imports are not a problem for American solar company growth. If the ITC finds in the affirmative, it must recommend appropriate remedies to President Trump.  If the ITC does not find injury, the petition is denied and the trade case ends, allowing the industry to focus on continuing its remarkable growth trend and allowing consumers more energy choices. NECA will continue to advocate the importance of maintaining access to globally priced products to support American energy industry competitiveness, sustain tens of thousands of good-paying American manufacturing jobs and preserve the principles of free and fair trade in a global marketplace. For additional information on the coalition and the Section 201 Solar Trade Petition, visit

3. Registration is open for “The Rapidly Changing Landscape of Federal Regulations” pre-convention workshop! Learn how federal regulations are impacting your business at this session before the NECA Convention. Not only is the federal government the single largest customer for construction projects in the United States, it is also the epicenter of ever-changing regulations that directly impact the construction industry.

NECA’s Look Ahead: This can’t-miss session promises to include a timely, informative and robust discussion intended to help electrical contractors navigate the complexities of ever-changing federal regulations and of working on federal government projects. Topics include sick leave, buy American, federal change order regulations and new standards on respirable silica. Separate registration required and a registration fee of $175.
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