A committed group of nearly 200 electrical contractors from around the United States met in Washington DC this week for the NECA 2018 Legislative Conference and Political Leadership Council Summit, making their voice heard on important topics facing the electrical construction industry.
NECA’s two-day event is the premiere legislative conference for electrical contractors, who get the opportunity to hear about the top issues affecting the industry and meet the leaders who are trying to find solutions. NECA’s top priorities for 2018 are aimed at ensuring the businesses of NECA contractors continue to grow and prosper.
Contractors engaged with members of the 115th Congress on both sides of the aisle. On the first afternoon, Marco Giamberardino, Executive Director of Government Affairs, joined two other members of NECA’s Government Affairs team, Trevor Falk and James Farrell, for a policy briefing with Frack McCarthy of McCarthy Advanced Consulting.
Among the issues addressed:
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Charlie Cook, the editor and publisher of the Cook Political Report, later gave a keynote address. He discussed then 2016 presidential election, the current political climate and the midterms this fall.
Cook said one of the big questions surrounding 2018 is if Republican voters display the same passion and intensity they showed two years ago. “That’s what we’ll watch for in the next round of polls,” he said, while noting, at this point, it looks like the Republican “wall” might be taller than the Democratic “wave,” especially in the Senate. He also said Republicans will face tough prospects in races for governorships and statehouses around the country.
The following day, contractors gained some first-hand perspective on the legislative process. They listened to remarks from Rep. John Faso (R-NY), who spoke on infrastructure investment from the perspective of a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), who drew on her family’s immigrant experience and involvement with the small business community.
NECA President David Long and CEO John M. Grau also spoke to contractors about their crucial role in engaging with legislators. “When you look at the demographics of our organization, we are small businesses, and we need to continue to push that through,” Long said.
After contractors conducted their meetings with their elected representatives, they had additional opportunities to speak with leaders at a Congressional reception hosted at NECA’s nearby office on Capitol Hill.
NECA thanks it's contractors for getting involved in the policymaking process and contributing to the success of the electrical construction industry by sending a message to Congress that NECA leads the industry in setting and upholding the highest standard of excellence.