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NLBMDA Legislative Coalitions
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As the voice for lumber dealers on Capitol Hill, NLBMDA regularly partners with other organizations and participates in coalition. Below are a list of formal coalitions in which NLBDMA is actively involved. If you have questions regarding any of the coalition NLBMDA participates in, please contact Ben Gann at

NLBMDA Coalition Partners:

A Call To Invest in Our Neighborhoods (ACTION) 

The ACTION Campaign is a coalition of over 2,200 national, state, and local organizations and businesses working to address our nation’s severe shortage of affordable rental housing by protecting, expanding and strengthening the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. The coalition is a supporter of the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act, which is expected to be introduced in April. 

American Alliance for Innovation

The American Alliance for Innovation monitors regulations related to engineered building products.

Americans for Free Trade

The American for Free Trade is a broad coalition of American businesses, trade organizations, and workers united against tariffs.

Building Codes and Standards Coalition

The Building Codes and Standards Coalition supports cost-effective, technology neutral building codes

Coalition for Democratic Workplace

The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace is composed of hundreds of organizations representing millions of businesses that employ tens of millions of workers nationwide in nearly every industry. CDW members are joined by their mutual concern over actions of the National Labor Relations Board that threatened employees, employers, and economic growth.

Coalition for Workplace Safety

The Coalition for Workplace Safety is a group of associations and employers who believe in improving workplace safety through cooperation, assistance, transparency, clarity, and accountability.

Council of Manufacturing Associations

The National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA) is a strategic partner, linking NLBMDA to the NAM industry and policy experts plus executives from manufacturing trade associations across the country. Through CMA, organizations gain insight; share perspectives; and have a voice on critical legislative and policy matters impacting manufacturers.

Energy-Efficient Codes Coalition

The Energy-Efficient Codes Coalition (EECC) brings together an ever-growing group of building sector advocates and supporters who are committed to improving the energy efficiency of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and setting America’s model building energy code on a glide-path to net-zero energy construction. EECC’s supporters include a diversity of businesses, trade associations, energy efficiency organizations, environmental groups, and consumer advocates that understand how homeowners, tenants, businesses, and state and local governments all benefit from steady increases in energy efficiency in the built environment. When engaging in the 2021 IECC development process, EECC will rely on 12 principles when setting priorities, conducting analyses, evaluating the energy efficiency of proposals, and developing vote recommendations. EECC was originally established in 2007 by the Alliance to Save Energy.

Family Business Coalition

The Family Business Coalition is a diverse collection of organizations and industry groups united for the common purpose of protecting America’s family businesses across the country. Our monthly coalition meetings connect top decision makers from Capitol Hill with family business coalition partners, family business owners, and state-based allies. Our group has the important task of monitoring and acting on legislation that affects family businesses in Congress. We are the voice of America’s main economic engine – family businesses – working together towards a better business climate that promotes private business expansion and job growth.

Family Business Estate Tax Coalition

The Family Business Estate Tax Coalition supports the repeal of the estate tax (Death Tax Repeal Act). H.R. 218 and S. 215.

Forests in the Farm Bill Coalition

The Forests in the Farm Bill Coalition supports forest provisions in the Farm Bill. 

High Performance Building Coalition

The High Performance Building Coalition is a coalition of approximately 200 organizations that provides guidance and support to the High Performance Building Caucus of the U.S. Congress. We support legislation and policies that protect life and property, promote innovative building technologies, enhance U.S. economic competitiveness, increase energy and water efficiency in the built-environment, advance sustainable and resilient communities, and support the development of private sector standards, codes and guidelines that address these concerns.

Infrastructure Working Group

The Infrastructure Working Group advocates for increased investment that will improve the safety, reliability and efficiency of our nation’s infrastructure.

LIFO Coalition

LIFO, which stands for “last in, first out,” is an inventory accounting method used by many companies across multiple industries in the U.S. to determine both book income and tax liability. Primarily, LIFO is used to manage the cost of inflation. If inventory costs are rising, LIFO is a more accurate way of measuring financial performance and calculating tax. LIFO takes into account greater costs of replacing inventory, thereby giving a more conservative measure of the financial condition of the business and the economic income to which tax should apply.

Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity

The Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity (PPWO) consists of a diverse group of associations, businesses, and other stakeholders representing employers with millions of employees across the country in almost every industry. The Partnership is dedicated to advocating for the interests of its members in the regulatory debate on changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations. The Partnership’s members believe that employees and employers alike are best served with a system that promotes maximum flexibility in structuring employee hours, career advancement opportunities for employees, and clarity for employers when classifying employees. The Partnership was formed in 2014 in response to President Barack Obama’s directive to the Department of Labor to “update and modernize” the Section 541 FLSA overtime regulations. The Partnership responded to the proposed changes to the overtime regulations with a careful and thorough analysis based on the principle that any changes need to work for both employers and employees. We are deeply disappointed that the Labor Department largely ignored the concerns of tens of thousands of individuals and organizations across this country that expressed concern with the proposal issuing a final rule that will do serious damage to people’s careers and workplace flexibility, new job opportunities and essential community services. We will continue to advocate for a regulation that is considerate of all stakeholder and economic realities facing employers and employees across the country.

Ports Coalition

The Ports Coalition monitors port activity, including contract status of dock workers

Prior Approval Reform Coalition (PARC)

The Prior Approval Reform Coalition (PARC) supports removing the prior approval requirement for trade association PACs.

Qualified Improvement Property (QIP) Coalition

The QIP coalition is looking to make a technical correction to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that disadvantages business making interior improvement. Due to legislative oversight, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act accidentally excluded the category of improvement property investment from 100 percent bonus depreciation. As a result, investments of this type face a higher tax burden than under prior law.   

Stop the HIT

The Stop The Health Insurance Tax Coalition (Stop The HIT Coalition) is working to repeal the costly, unfair and hidden health insurance tax on small businesses that is now in effect. The coalition generates grassroots support for repeal by educating policymakers and activating small business owners, their employees and the self-employed who are directly impacted by the pending HIT.

The Health Insurance Tax Relief Act has been introduced in both the United States Senate (S. 172) and House of Representatives (H.R. 1398) to suspend the HIT through 2021.

Tax Extenders Coalition

The Tax Extenders Coalition supports extending expired tax incentives such as 25C, 45L, and 179D