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Government Affairs News

Week in Review

Apr 14, 2023

OSHA Releases Resources for IIJA Jobs
OSHA released a webpage of resources for contractors that will assist with best practices, sample safety and health programs, and training materials for jobs funded under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).

NECA's Take: NECA has developed a resource page related to IIJA information released from different government agencies. As information becomes available, we will continue to update this resource page for our NECA contractors and chapters.


Transmission Permitting Reform Talks Begin
After the House passage of H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act, Congress has continued to discuss additional provisions that need to be addressed when it comes to permitting reform. House democrats are working on a counter proposal with hopes of including transmission permitting reform. Rep. Sean Casten (D-IL) and Rep. Mike Levin (D-CA) have pending legislation that addresses transmission, focusing permitting for clean energy projects only. The Senate has so far remained silent on their plans for a counter proposal. Both chambers return to DC next week.

NECA's Take: NECA is encouraging the inclusion of transmission permitting reform in the final energy package, specifically for giving new authorities to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), that would allow for national interest permitting of siting transmission lines. NECA continues to advocate for comprehensive reforms to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Clean Water Act (CWA) permitting processes in a final energy package that will make it less time-consuming, less costly, and more efficient to complete projects and allow for major infrastructure, energy, and critical mineral projects to come online and benefit all Americans. We will continue to monitor any additional legislation brought forth by both the House and Senate for any provisions that will impact NECA contractors.


NECA’s Government Affairs team will be at NECA Now in San Antonio next week! If you’re attending the conference, stop by the NECAPAC table for your chance to win a Hatch Restore Smart Sound Machine or RTIC 65 QT Hard Cooler! Any NECAPAC contributor will be automatically entered into the sweepstakes and drawings will take place at the end of the conference on Tuesday, April 18th and Wednesday, April 19th.

At the last NECA Now, $90,000 was raised for NECAPAC and we are aiming to raise even more this year! Stop by the NECAPAC table to see where your chapter stands in this year’s NECAPAC Capitol Competition.



Special thanks to Gina Addeo of GMA Electrical Corporation and Robert Smith of Sargent Electric Company for renewing their PLC memberships!

Congratulations to the San Francisco Chapter on reaching its 2023 NECAPAC Goal!

NECAPAC Total 4/14/23 - $197,809Operational Fund Total 4/14/23 - $117,950


NECA On the Move
NECA's Government Affairs team met with Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Senator Gary Peters (D-MI).