1. When Congress returns to Washington D.C. next week, NECA will send a letter to all members outlining our priorities for the reminder of the year, including our positions on “must pass legislation”.
NECA’s Look Ahead: The first item Congress will take up upon returning will be the completion of the remaining eight appropriations bills funding the Federal government through Fiscal Year 2018. NECA expects to stand in opposition to a number of anti-Davis Bacon and PLA amendments that are traditionally offered to appropriations bills. NECA will also advocate for the quick passage of Hurricane Harvey aid and emergency construction funding and for a two-year delay of the Electronic Logging Device mandate. The preliminary plan set forth by Congressional leadership is to marry the government funding bill, Harvey aid and the debt ceiling into a single “must pass package.” However, once rank and file members return, it is possible they will reject the package and choose to vote separately. Congress must also act on NECA-supported FAA reauthorization before it expires on September 30. NECA will continue to monitor these important pieces of legislation and provide updates throughout September.
The Deadlines are the following:
- September 29: The Government Hits the Debt Ceiling
- September 30: Government Funding Runs Out
- September 30: Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Funding Ends
- September 30: National Flood Insurance Program Expires
- September 30: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Authorization Expires
2. After extensive collaboration with Representatives Meehan (R-PA) and Norcross (D-NJ), NECA will be taking part in a press conference on September 5 to unveil the 529 OPTIONS Act. If signed into law, this legislation would allow those with 529 savings plans to use that money for the ancillary costs associated with being a DOL approved apprentice.
NECA’s Look Ahead: NECA has been a strong advocate for this bill and looks forward to continuing to gain support as the bill moves forward in the legislative process. The press conference will be held at 10:30 AM at IBEW 654 located in Boothwyn, PA.
3. Registration is still open for “Common Sense Contracting: Minimizing the Effects of Contract Changes” pre-convention workshop! Because no project goes as planned, electrical contractors must be prepared to address changes to their work and schedules.
NECA’s Look Ahead: This session will discuss contract terms and project strategies to address changes and change orders, project scheduling, delays and acceleration. The program will also discuss how to prepare effective project documentation to try to minimize potential problems and protect your interests if a dispute arises. Separate registration is required with a registration fee of $175.