September 30 Government Funding Deadline Looming
Congress is running out of time to find ways to fund the government for Fiscal Year 2024 before the September 30th deadline. The House and Senate are still far apart on an annual funding bill and are now turning to a Continuing Resolution (CR) as a temporary measure until both chambers can decide on a final package. Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is negotiating within his caucus for possible amendments to the CR, but any CR passed out of the House will still need to be negotiated and passed by a 60-vote measure in the Senate. The Senate is attempting to pass a ‘minibus’ of military construction and the departments of Veterans Affairs (VA), Agriculture, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development (HUD), with other amendments that would ease the potential government shutdown. The Senate package still faces the challenge of whether it can be passed in the House. A third option has been proposed by a bipartisan group of House members and Senators that would fund the government for two weeks.
NECA's Take: NECA encourages Congress to fund the Federal Government whether through a CR or full appropriations package. A government shutdown would adversely affect NECA contractors who are working on federal funded and assisted projects. NECA Government Affairs continues to monitor the situation and will update when further information is available. We encourage NECA contractors to take action and tell Congress to keep the government fully funded and avoid a government shutdown.
NECA Government Affairs at the NECA Convention
With the NECA Convention just a few days away, we hope to see you in Philly! Be sure to come by the NECAPAC booth #829 during the trade show to say hello to your government affairs team!
If you are a NECAPAC donor, you should have already received an invitation to the NECAPAC Reception that will be held at the Lincoln Financial Field on Friday, September 29, 2023 from 7-7:30 PM, preceding the Opening Reception. You must be registered for the Opening Reception to attend the NECAPAC Reception. If you did not receive an invitation, please reach out to [email protected] to check on your NECAPAC donor status.
The Navigating Through a Divided Government education session will be held on Monday, October 2, 2023 at 8:00 AM in room 119B at the PCC. The team will be providing an in-depth policy discussion on the current issues impacting the Electrical Construction Industry. As we are in Philadelphia when the government funding deadline expires, the team will also be giving an update on this issue and what it means for NECA contractors.
Chairman's Challenge: Kansas City Chapter Meets with Rep. Mark Alford
On September 11, 2023, Mark Tower of Citadel Electric from the Kansas City Chapter met with Rep. Mark Alford (R-MO). They discussed issues impacting the electrical construction industry. Pictured are Mark Tower of Citadel Electric and Rep. Alford.
Congratulations to the Milwaukee chapter on reaching their goal!
NECAPAC Total 9/22/23 - $459,865
Operational Fund Total 9/22/23 - $308,304
NECA On the Move
Over the past three weeks, NECA’s Government Affairs team met with Senator Katie Britt (R-AL), Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS), Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Senator Pete Ricketts (R-NE), Senator Mike Rounds (R-ID), Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Senator J.D. Vance (R-OH), Senator John Kennedy (R-LA), Senator Tom Tillis (R-NC), Senator Todd Young (R-IN), Senator Eric Schmitt (R-MO) Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Congressman Donald Norcross (D-NJ), Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Congressman Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), Congressman Rob Menendez (D-NJ), Congressman Byron Donalds (R-FL), Congressman Drew Ferguson (R-GA), Congressman Chip Roy (R-TX), Congressman Nick Langworthy (R-NY), Congressman Mike Lawler (R-NY), Congressman Nick LaLota (R-NY), Congressman Anthony D'Esposito (R-NY), Congressman Marc Molinaro (R-NY), and Congressman Brandon Williams (R-NY), Congressman David Valadao (R-CA), and Congressman Andrew Garbarino (R-NY).