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Take Action – Meet with Your Lawmakers over the August Recess

Take action over the five-week congressional summer break by meeting with your Members of Congress in the communities they represent. Congress is taking its traditional August break and will be back home until September 5.

Now is a great time to contact your local House and Senate offices and invite them to tour your lumberyard. NLBMDA staff and your regional association executive are happy to help in providing you with the tools you need to engage your elected officials during the extended break.

When you do make your appointments make sure to let us know, and after the meeting please send your pictures to

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

Federal Forest Management: Provide protection to the national forest system by implementing proactive management standards intended to lessen the threat of wildfires and other risks.

Taller Wood Buildings: Accelerate the research and development of wood for use in construction projects, focusing on the construction of buildings over 85 feet in height.

Estate Tax Repeal: Full and permanent repeal of the estate tax is needed to allow family-owned businesses to more easily be passed on to the next generation.

Preserve the Mortgage Interest Deduction: As Congress and the Trump Administration explore tax reform, it is essential for continued economic growth and the health of the housing industry that the mortgage interest deduction be preserved as part of the tax code.

Ways to Take Action During the August Recess:

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. 

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Have questions or need help in making appointments?

Contact NLBMDA’s Vice President of Legislative and Political Affairs, Ben Gann at 202.367.1169 or email