1. Donald Trump was sworn in as the nation’s 45th President of the United States at 12:00PM on January 20, 2017.
NECA’s Look Ahead: The inauguration of President Trump gives the Republican Party full control of the Executive and Legislative Branches of Government for the first time since 2006. NECA is already working with Administration officials and Congressional leaders to address our priority issues: infrastructure investment, tax reform, multiemployer pension reform, repeal of the Cadillac tax, energy policy, and contracting reform.
2. This week, NECA as a member of the Alliance for Industrial Efficiency sent a letter to President Trump urging him to make the development of combined heat and power (CHP) and waste heat to power (WHP) a cornerstone of his administration’s agenda. The Alliance for Industrial Efficiency is a national coalition of business, labor, contractor and environmental organizations committed to enhancing manufacturing competitiveness, reducing emissions, and creating jobs through CHP and Waste Heat Recovery.
NECA’s Look Ahead: Throughout his candidacy, President Trump has committed to becoming a champion of energy and infrastructure innovation. A recently released study from a task force of federal agencies, led by U.S. Department of Energy, stated that “Waste heat and CHP represent significant opportunities to improve energy efficiency in the industrial sector.” It is our hope that President Trump will include significant CHP and WHP investments in the yet to be released Trump Energy & Infrastructure Act. NECA is looking forward to working with President Trump and Secretary Rick Perry upon his confirmation, to address the challenges facing our nation’s infrastructure.
3. On Wednesday, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held the first of two nomination hearings for Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) to be the next Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. The six term Congressman and orthopedic surgeon faced questions regarding both his plans and positions on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act and his stock transactions while in Congress.
NECA’s Look Ahead: Price is expected to have his second and final hearing before the Senate Finance Committee sometime next week. NECA looks forward to hearing Rep. Price’s plan for replacing the Affordable Care Act. In the meantime, Senate leaders are negotiating over which Cabinet nominees could be confirmed on Inauguration Day. Republicans would like to confirm as many as seven of President Trump’s nominees on January 20, but Democrats are cautioning against rushing the new Cabinet through the Upper Chamber, as some nominees have not been completely vetted.