1. NECA LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE WELCOMES FIRST KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
As NECA’s Legislative Conference approaches, we are happy to announce the first two of a handful of Members of Congress who will be speaking to our contractors. Well known to our industry and partners in labor, Rep. Donald Norcross (D-NJ), a former electrician himself and the champion of multiple NECA legislative efforts, looks forward to the opportunity to discuss our apprenticeship and pensions. Our second speaker is Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), a freshman member of Congress who has already positioned herself as someone willing to work in a bipartisan manner to tackle tough issues. Much like Mr. Norcross, she stands as a champion for NECA’s legislative efforts and continues to work for the betterment of our industry.
NECA’s Look Ahead: This year’s Legislative Conference has the potential to be our most productive one to date. In addition to our dynamic Congressional speakers, we will also hold a special policy briefing by the NECA Government Affairs team, and a political keynote address by none other than Charlie Cook, the Editor and Publisher of the Cook Political Report. NECA contractors will have the chance to “storm” Capitol Hill in what is sure to be our biggest fly-in event ever.
2. SENATE READYING FAA BILL FOR TAKEOFF
Since the House passed its version of H.R.4 - FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 last week, all the focus rests with the Senate. The NECA-supported House bill includes $3.35B annually for the Airport Improvement Fund and $1B annually for new grants for rural non-hub airports. The current FAA authorization expires on September 30th.
NECA’s Look Ahead: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) is pushing to get S.1405 - Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2017 floor time before the August recess so it is wrapped up before members leave town to campaign. There are fewer than 44 working days before the Senate leaves for the August recess. NECA will continue to work with Senators to ensure that our House provisions remain a priority while this legislation advances in the Senate.
3. PELOSI: “I WILL RUN FOR SPEAKER”
This week, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) made it clear that she believes she will continue to lead House Democrats either as Minority Leader or Speaker after the November 2018 elections. “We will win. I will run for Speaker. I feel confident about it. And my members do, too,” Pelosi told a meeting of Boston Globe reporters and editors while in Boston for a fundraiser for Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA).
NECA’s Look Ahead: Although the November election is a long way away, both sides are preparing for leadership elections. Pelosi has previously been challenged by more conservative members of her caucus. Possible challengers include Democratic Conference Chair, Joe Crowley (D-NY) or Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH). On the Republican side, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is expected to become Speaker if Republicans keep the House, but it has been speculated that Whip Steve Scalise or Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R-NC) could run for Speaker if McCarthy fails to gain a majority.