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2016 Recess Action Center
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Congress is adjourning on July 15 for its annual summer recess and will not return until September 6. NLBMDA wants to give 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:

Change DOL's Overtime Rule - Support the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act (H.R 4773, S. 2707), which would halt the impending changes to overtime eligibility and require the Department of Labor (DOL) to conduct a comprehensive economic analysis on the impact of mandatory overtime expansion.

Cost-Effective Building Codes - Encourage the House and Senate to reconcile different comprehensive energy bills and reach a final agreement that includes a provision requiring national model building codes to be cost-effective, transparent and technology-neutral.

Stop the HIT - Repeal the health insurance tax (HIT) levied annually on fully-insured health care plans that are offered by many small and medium-size businesses by supporting Jobs and Premium Protection Act (H.R. 928, S. 183).

Regulatory ReformUpdate the Regulatory Flexibility Act and Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Act to close loopholes and more effectively reduce the disproportionate burden that over-regulation places on small businesses. 

End Unfair and Unfounded Lawsuits - Protect building material dealers, distributors, and other retailers from unwarranted product liability lawsuits by cosponsoring the Innocent Sellers Fairness Act (H.R. 1199) in the House of Representatives--and push for introduction of similar legislation in the Senate. 


Take Action During the Summer 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 usually are not heavily attended and are another way for you to speak with your elected officials.   

4) Encourage your employees to vote. Put up a flyer in your break room reminding your team that Election Day is on Tuesday, November 8. If you have employees who are not registered to vote, they can sign up here and even receive text alerts reminding them to vote.


NLBMDA Resources:

 For More Information, please contact:

Ben Gann
Vice President of Legislative and Political Affairs