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NLBMDA Call to Action:  Urge Your Representative to Sign the OSHA Crane Rule Letter

NLBMDA has been working over the last several years to repeal the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) 2016 Letter of Interpretation (LOI) regarding the Crane and Derricks in Construction Standard exemption for material delivery.

Unfortunately, OSHA has been unresponsive to NLBMDA’s numerous formal requests to withdraw the 2016 LOI. As a result, NLBMDA has decided to engage Congress for assistance and is partnering with Rep. Ron Wright (R-TX), member of the House Education and Labor Committee, to send a letter to OSHA from the House of Representatives demanding that they rescind the LOI. The letter is now open for signatures and can be signed by any representative in the House through July 17. 

Here are four important resources to take action:

To read the full NLBMDA communication, please click here.

House Scheduled to Vote on $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Bill - Includes Expansion of Housing Tax Credit

The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote this week on H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill which provides increased investments for roads, bridges, schools, transit systems, housing, clean energy, broadband and more. House Democratic leaders introduced the bill last week.

The Moving Forward Act includes an expansion of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), a long-standing legislative priority of NLBMDA. Specifically, the legislation incorporates provisions from the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act .

NLBMDA has been working diligently with its coalition partners to garner bipartisan support for the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act in Congress and is pleased the bill will receive a vote on the House floor as part of the Infrastructure package. NLBMDA recently sent a letter to Congress encouraging them to include the expansion of the LIHTC in future stimulus legislation. To date, the bill has a total of 220 cosponsors (145 Democrats and 75 Republicans), which equates to over 50% support in the House of Representatives.

To view the full statement from NLBMDA, please click here.

House Infrastructure Bill Includes Expansion of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit

Yesterday, leaders in the House of Representatives introduced H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill which provides increased funding for roads, bridges, transit systems, housing, clean energy, broadband and more. The bill is expected to receive a vote in the House next week.

The Moving Forward Act includes an expansion of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), a long-standing legislative priority of NLBMDA. Specifically, the legislation incorporates provisions from theAffordable Housing Credit Improvement Actincluding:

  • Establishing a minimum 4% credit rate floor;
  • Increasing the amount of credits allocated to each state;
  • Facilitating Housing Credit development in challenging markets like rural and Native American communities; and
  • Increasing the LIHTC’s ability to serve extremely low-income tenants.

To read NLBMDA's full release, please click here.

SBA and Treasury Announce New PPP Public Disclosure Policy

The Small Business Administration (SBA) and Treasury Department announced that they will make public additional data regarding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  Specifically, the SBA will be publicly releasing the names of businesses that received $150,000 or more in PPP loans. Additionally, they will be releasing addresses, NAICS codes, zip codes, business type, demographic data, non-profit information, jobs supported, and loan amount ranges as follows:

  • $150,000-350,000
  • $350,000-1 million
  • $1-2 million
  • $2-5 million
  • $5-10 million

NLBMDA is disappointed with this decision and is already working to reverse these new rules to protect the privacy of our lumber and building material dealer members.

For any questions, please contact Director of Government Affairs Kevin McKenney at kevin@dealer.org.

To read NLBMDA's full release, please click here.

U.S. Senate Passes Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act 

The U.S. Senate passed H.R. 7010, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act , by unanimous consent. This NLBMDA-backed legislation will improve the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) by providing small businesses with greater flexibility when utilizing PPP loans. The bill passed the House of Representatives last Thursday and now heads to President Trump for his signature.

NLBMDA has been active in lobbying Congress for several weeks to implement changes to the Paycheck Protection Program. NLBMDA was one of 55 outside organizations to support the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act after it was introduced.

To read NLBMDA's full statement, please click here.

NLBMDA Applauds Passage of House Legislation to Improve PPP Flexibility

[WASHINGTON] – The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed NLBMDA-backed legislation to provide employers additional flexibility in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). 

“NLBMDA applauds the House of Representatives for hearing the concerns of our dealer members and passing bipartisan legislation to improve the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses,” said Jonathan Paine, NLBMDA President & CEO. “Providing greater flexibility for PPP will ensure more small businesses are able to effectively utilize the program to help weather the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. NLBMDA calls on the Senate to swiftly pass this legislation and work with the House on a broader Phase 4 relief package that fully addresses the needs of small businesses.” 

To read the full statement, please click here.

House Democrats Introduce Phase 4 COVID-19 Relief Bill

Yesterday, House Democratic leaders introduced H.R. 6800, the Heroes Act, which provides more than $3 trillion in COVID-19 relief funding for individuals, businesses, and state and local governments. The bill is expected to receive a vote in the House on Friday. The House legislation was crafted largely along partisan lines and is not expected to receive a vote in the Republican-controlled Senate without significant changes to the bill. The text of the legislation can be found  here  and a section-by-section summary here  . A detailed summary of the small business provisions can be found  here  and here.

NLBMDA recently sent a letterto the White House and Congress which included a list priorities important to the lumber and building material (LBM) industry as they continue to negotiate a “Phase 4” relief package. NLBMDA has also created a  grassroots action alert that allows members to contact their Representative and Senators in support of these priorities.

To read the full statement, please click here.

NLBMDA Sends Phase 4 Priorities to Congress and White House

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) recently sent a list of priorities important to the lumber and building material (LBM) industry to the White House and Congress as they continue to negotiate a “Phase 4” relief package.

"As the federal government considers the next of phase of COVID-19 relief legislation, NLBMDA believes it is critical for Congress and the Administration to continue to provide robust support to small businesses harmed by the pandemic,” said Jonathan Paine, NLBMDA President & CEO. "NLBMDA’s recommendations for Phase 4 relief focus on short-term solutions to help lumber and building material dealers and residential construction as well as longer‐term solutions that will continue the recovery in the future.”

To read the full NLBMDA Statement, please click here.

SBA Clarifies PPP Loan Good-Faith Certifications

Over the past several weeks, NLBMDA has been lobbying the Small Business Administration (SBA) regarding outstanding issues with the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and questions about certifications and liquidity. We are pleased to report that in the last hour, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued  updated guidance  that directly responds to NLBMDA’s questions.

SBA has clarified that all borrowers who received PPP loans with an original principal amount of less than $2 million will be deemed to have made the required certification concerning the necessity of the loan request in good faith.

This updated guidance is a direct result of the grassroots advocacy of NLBMDA members and the hard work of our Federated Association Executives and NLBMDA thanks them for their efforts.

To read the full statement, please click here.


   

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