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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 3. The Senate is expected to be in Washington most of August but will be back in the state the week of August 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:

Resolving the Softwood Lumber Dispute - NLBMDA supports the U.S. and Canada returning to the negotiating table to reach a long-term softwood lumber agreement.

Opposition to Additional Tariffs - NLBMDA opposes excessive tariffs on building products such as steel and aluminum that decrease product availability and increase the cost of construction that ultimately harms consumers.  

LBM Industry Priorities in the Farm Bill - As part of a final agreement on the farm bill, NLBMDA supports inclusion of the following provisions: 1) federal forest management reforms, 2) promotion of tall wood building construction, and 3) ensuring fairness in federal buying of forest products.  

Immigration Reform - As Congress considers comprehensive reform of the immigration system, it should include provisions that requires mandatory E-Verify for employers and a robust guest worker program to recruit legal foreign-born individuals when there is a shortage of domestic workers.

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. 

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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