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NLBMDA Remains Concerned with Provisions in the House-Passed Tax Reform Bill

Today, the House of Representatives passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) by a vote of 227 to 205. Attention now turns to the Senate, which plans to vote on tax reform after Thanksgiving. NLBMDA agrees that comprehensive tax reform is needed, but is extremely concerned that several changes in the House-passed legislation will have a negative effect on residential construction, the lumber and building material (LBM) industry, and the economy overall.

Click HERE to read the full press release.

Stock Systems Joins NLBMDA's Manufacturers & Services Council 

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) announced today that Stock Systems is the newest member of the association's Manufacturers and Services Council (MSC). The council is composed of the leading building material manufacturers and service providers serving the LBM industry.

To learn more about Stock Systems, click HERE.

House Republicans Release Long-Awaited Tax Reform Legislation

House Republican leaders released the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) that would make major changes to the federal tax code. Among the highlights, the bill would nearly double the standard deduction, reduce the number of individual tax brackets, slash the corporate income tax rate, create a new pass-through tax rate, and eliminate the estate tax. However, the proposal would also lower the cap on the mortgage interest deduction, which has been a cornerstone of American housing policy for over 100 years.

Click HERE to read the full press release.

Commerce Department Makes Final Determination Upholding Duties on Canadian Softwood Lumber

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced it is finalizing antidumping duties (AD) and countervailing duties (CVD) on softwood lumber imports from Canada to the U.S. The Commerce Department's decision must still be approved by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), which is scheduled to make its final determinations by December 18.

Click HERE to read the full press release.

NLBMDA Welcomes House Passage of the Resilient Federal Forests Act (H.R. 2936)

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) welcomes action taken yesterday by the House of Representatives in passing the Resilient Federal Forests Act (H.R. 2936), which helps protect the national forest system by implementing best practices intended to reduce and eliminate the threat of wildfires. It is a major victory for NLBMDA who strongly supports passage of the legislation. The legislation follows a very active wildfire season in the U.S. that ravaged nearly 9 million acres.

Click HERE to read the full press release.

NLBMDA Files Comments In Response to Department of Labor’s 2016 Over Time Rule 

NLBMDA filed comments last week in response to the US Department of Labor’s Request for Information (RFI) regarding the 2016 final overtime rule.  That rule was ruled invalid in August of this year after having been subject to a year-long injunction to enforcement handed down by a US District Court judge in Texas.  The RFI, issued before the court concluded the rule was invalid, included 11 specific questions regarding the salary level thresholds and the duties tests. 

You can find our comments on NLBMDA’s Regulatory Affairs’ Labor and Employment webpage, or click here to read now.

NLBMDA Files Comments in Response to OSHA’s Proposal to Delay Certification Requirements for Crane Operators

NLBMDA filed comments in response to OSHA’s proposal to delay the certification requirements for crane operators for an addition year to November 17, 2018.  Certification requirements were established in the 2010 final crane rule, but were delayed for three years after the initial 2014 phase-in to November 17, 2017.  The delay reflected concerns raised about the certification requirements, and in particular, whether certification by third parties is an adequate assurance of operator competence.  During this period of delay, employers continue to be required to ensure employees are competent to safely operate the crane equipment and to provide training to all crane operators.  Lumber dealers operate under the material delivery exemption in the rule, which NLBMDA won during development of the final rule. 

You can find our comments and guidance material on NLBMDA’s Regulatory Affairs’ OSHA Regulations webpage, under OSHA Crane Rule, or click here to read our comments now.  You will also find our guidance material on the same webpage, or you can go directly to Complying with the OSHA Rule: Use of Articulating or Knuckle Boom Cranes to Deliver Materials to Construction Sites and Complying with the OSHA Crane Rule: Use of the Articulating Boom Crane for Delivering Materials to the Construction Site: Operator Check List.

Limited Edition NLBMDA 100th Anniversary Lapel Pins Available

This year, the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) celebrates its 100th Anniversary as our association continues to grow and our industry continues to prosper. NLBMDA's anniversary coincides with the return of pro-business governance to our nation's capital and in many states across the country. Electoral victories in 2016, and continued success in 2017, as well as movement to repeal burdensome regulations, has improved the legislative and regulatory outlook for the lumber and building material industry.

In order to continue this positive momentum, NLBMDA is officially launching a new effort to support Lumber Dealers Political Action Committee (LuDPAC). Now when you make a contribution of $50 or more to the LuDPAC, NLBMDA will send you a limited edition 100th Anniversary Commemorative Pin. (while supply lasts)

Please click here to learn more and donate today!

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