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Take Action – Meet with Your Lawmakers over the August Recess

Take action over the congressional summer break by meeting with your Members of Congress in the communities they represent. The House of Representatives is on break from July 27 to September 8. The Senate is scheduled to be on break from August 3 to September 8. 

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 membersupport@dealer.org.

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

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. Click here to read the issue brief.

Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act: Address the nation’s shortage of affordable housing by protecting, expanding and strengthening the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC). Click here to read the issue brief

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 the spring, follow-up with staff back in the state or district. 

NLBMDA Resources:

Have questions or need help in making appointments?

Contact NLBMDA’s President and CEO, Jonathan Paine at 202.367.1169 or email jonathan@dealer.org.