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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 August 1 to September 6. The Senate is scheduled to be on break from August 5 to September 6. 

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:

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

Repeal of the Health Insurance Tax (HIT): Delay or repeal the health insurance tax (HIT) levied annually on fully insured health care plans that are offered by many small and medium-size businesses. 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. Click here to read the issue brief. Click here to take action and to contact your member of Congress. 

Qualified Improvement Act: Fix a drafting error in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Public Law No: 115-97), and allow interior improvements to commercial buildings, known as qualified improvement property, to be eligible for 100 percent bonus depreciation. Click here to read the issue brief. 

Estate Tax Repeal: NLBMDA encourages members of Congress to cosponsor and pass the Death Tax Repeal Act (H.R. 218, S. 215), eliminating the estate tax and its impact on family-owned businesses. Click here to read the issue brief. Click here to take action and contact your member of Congress. 

Small Carrier Electronic Device and Exemption Act: (H.R. 1697) NLBMDA supports action taken by Reps. Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Greg Gianforte (R-MT) to introduce the Small Carrier Electronic Device and Exemption Act (H.R. 1697), which would exempt businesses that operate 10 or fewer commercial trucks from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) electronic logging device (ELD) requirement. Click here to take action and contact your member of Congress. 

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