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2017 Recess Action Center
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Congress has returned home for their traditional two-week Easter break NLBMDA is giving you the tools you need to engage your elected officials during the break as members of the House and Senate return to their districts/states.

We encourage NLBMDA members to focus their outreach to the following areas:

Regulatory Reform: Changes are needed to bring greater transparency to the rulemaking process and take into account their impact on the regulated community, especially small businesses. 

Renewal of U.S. – Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement: Renewal of a Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) between the United States and Canada is needed to allow for the continued stable product supply of framing lumber for retailers, home builders and consumers.

Innocent Sellers Fairness Act: Protect building material dealers, distributors, and other retailers from unwarranted product liability lawsuits by supporting the Innocent Sellers Fairness Act (H.R. 1118).

Estate Tax Repeal: NLBMDA encourages members of Congress to cosponsor and pass the Death Tax Repeal Act (H.R. 631, S. 205), eliminating the estate tax and its impact on family-owned businesses.

Timber Innovation Act: Introduced in the House and Senate (H.R. 1380, S. 538), the legislation promotes construction of taller wood buildings.


Take Action During the Easter Recess Period:

1) Invite your Representative and Senators to your lumber yard. Show them what your operation entails, how your company operates and what your employees do on a daily basis. Yard tours are a great way for lawmakers to meet you and your employees, hear about your company’s success and see first-hand how their votes impact your business. If you are willing to host a plant tour, please reference our guide to hosting a successful lumber yard tour.

2) Meet with your elected officials and their staff at a local office so that you can discuss the legislative priorities with them face to face.

3) Attend a town hall or other local event hosted by a member of Congress. These meetings may not be heavily attended and is another way for you to speak with your elected officials.   

4) If you attended NLBMDA's Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference in late-March, follow-up with staff back in the state or district. 


NLBMDA Resources:

 For More Information, please contact:

Ben Gann
Vice President of Legislative and Political Affairs