ABMA’s 2023 Advocacy Day

This year, ABMA is hosting its Advocacy Day LIVE AND IN PERSON in Washington D.C. Wednesday, March 22nd to Friday March 24th. Register here. Schedule of Events We will kick off Wednesday afternoon with an issue briefing by Director of Government Affairs, Katherine Slye-Hernandez, PhD, and Government Affairs Consultant, Pat Rita, to review the issues […]

ABMA Turns One: A Look Back at Our First Year of Federal Advocacy

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The American Building Materials Alliance (ABMA) is already a year old. Last August, when the NRLA and the Construction Suppliers Association (CSA) joined forces for federal advocacy, we set out to provide national advocacy for our members. In just one year, we have accomplished a lot, surpassing even our own expectations. Member Driven, Grassroots Focused […]

Ask Federal Legislators to Cosponsor the LICENSE Act

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ABMA has been working hard this year to get the Licensing Individual Commercial Exam-Takers Now Safely and Efficiently (LICENSE) Act (HR6567/S3556) passed through Congress. This bill would make permanent two waivers issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It only takes two minutes to send a message […]

ABMA 2023 Lookahead

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Today, the ABMA Committee had its monthly meeting. Members discussed plans for ABMA’s second year, received updates on D.C. happenings, and began planning for ABMA’s annual Advocacy Day in 2023.

ABMA Signs-On to Letter Opposing Inflation Reduction Act

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RENSSELAER, N.Y. – Today, the ABMA signed-on to a Main Street letter opposing the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). While its name implies otherwise, this bill would not reduce inflation and includes multiple tax increases on small businesses.

Help ABMA Stop the Inflation Reduction Act!

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The Inflation Reduction Act, which passed the Senate and will be voted on by the House before or on Friday, will not help stop inflation. As our Lobbyist Pat Rita discussed last week, there are many aspects of the bill that will impact our members and their clients.

Help Spread the Word About ABMA!

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The American Building Materials Alliance (ABMA) is almost a year old! While we have made significant progress, met with dozens of members of Congress and government agencies, and undergone notable wins during our inaugural year, we have not been able to meet with all 535 members of Congress. Help us let them know who we are! Please take two minutes to send your federal representatives a message.

ABMA Strategizes Summer Advocacy Plan

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The American Building Materials Alliance (ABMA) Legislative Committee met on Thursday, June 23rd to strategize on the advancement of the priority bills and increase our industry’s visibility in the legislature during the summer.

ABMA District Office Visits

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ABMA concluded its inaugural Advocacy Week on April 8th after five days of over 40 meetings with legislator offices and 100 ABMA member participants. One of ABMA’s goals is to carry its message beyond Advocacy Week by having its members emphasize the priority issues in-person at their District Offices. District Office visits will provide a new way of augmenting Advocacy Week follow up by bringing you face-to-face with your Congressional legislators.

ABMA Yard Tours

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Yard tours provide ABMA members an excellent opportunity to build and grow existing relationships with policymakers. They are a critical tool that take on added importance to augment our virtual meetings that were held across the NRLA and CSA regions during the legislative session.

Advocacy Week Wins and BBB Update

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From April 4-8, 2022 the American Building Materials Alliance (ABMA) virtually held its inaugural Advocacy Week to discuss our three priority issues of workforce development, supply chain delays, and inflation. On the last day of the event, success was struck with New York Representative Andrew Garbarino, who chose to co-sponsor all three of our bills. ABMA will continue to update its members as event-related news forms.

Congressional Workforce Development Progress

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On April 5, the House Education and Labor Committee advanced the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity (WIOA) Act of 2022, which reauthorizes the federal workforce development system. The bill passed out of committee without a single Republican vote. Republican opposition stems from a perception that the bill was pulled together largely without their input and that its many provisions represent a federal government overreach into employer workforce decisions.

ABMA Celebrates Successful Advocacy Week

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RENSSELAER, N.Y. – The American Building Materials Alliance (ABMA) concluded its inaugural Advocacy Week on April 8th. Over the course of the week-long event, over 100 ABMA members met virtually with over 40 legislators and their offices to highlight our three 2022 priority issues of workforce development, supply chain delays, and inflation.

ABMA Priorities and Congressional Recess

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Members of the House and Senate are leaving town for the next two weeks for the Congressional Easter recess. As ABMA concludes our 2022 virtual fly-in, the recess presents an opportune time to reinforce our policy priorities with your House Member or Senator when they are back in your state. If you happen to get an opportunity for some face time with your Member of Congress when they are back home for most of the rest of April, please press upon them the importance of supporting the legislation ABMA highlighted during our meetings this week.

ABMA Legislative Committee Update

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On March 24th, the ABMA Legislative Committee met virtually to receive a congressional briefing from our Government Affairs Associate Pat Rita, specifically detailing the current atmosphere in our Nation’s Capital. Pat detailed the impact the Russia-Ukraine war and the confirmation process of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to join the Supreme Court is having on legislative efforts.

Take Action Now: Support ABMA Priorities!

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April 4-8 is American Building Materials Alliance (ABMA) Advocacy Week. The ABMA, a NRLA and CSA partnership, represents lumber and building material (LBM) retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, and other associated businesses.

ABMA Advocacy Week Priority Issues

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ABMA Advocacy week is April 4-8. We will have over 100 ABMA members meeting virtually with their senators and representatives on three key issues impacting the LBM industry.

ABMA Legislative Committee Update

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On February 17th, the ABMA Legislative Committee met virtually to receive a congressional briefing from our Government Affairs Associate Pat Rita, specifically detailing Senate efforts to secure a continuing resolution to keep government funded through at least March 11th, the still stalled Build Back Better (BBB) package, and the impact the evenly divided Senate is having on policy now and moving forward. The Committee discussed in detail several priority issues and bills for the upcoming Advocacy Week and highlighted a hybrid approach for interested committee members.

ABMA Virtual Advocacy Week

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ABMA will be hosting its first official ABMA Virtual Advocacy Week the week of April 4-8, 2022. The event is free for the entire ABMA, CSA, and NRLA membership.

ABMA Legislative Committee Update

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On January 20th, the ABMA Legislative Committee met virtually to receive a congressional briefing from our Government Affairs Associate Pat Rita, specifically detailing the stalled Build Back Better (BBB) package. The Committee discussed where things stand currently on Capitol Hill, reviewed the Supreme Court’s ruling on the OSHA Vaccine ETS, and finalized plans for the 2022 ABMA Advocacy Week.

ABMA Legislative Committee Update

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On December 16th, the ABMA Legislative Committee met virtually to receive a congressional briefing from our Government Affairs Associate Pat Rita, specifically detailing the ongoing saga of the Build Back Better (BBB) package. The Committee discussed where things stand currently on Capitol Hill, evaluated new priorities, and continued to look ahead and solidify plans for our 2022 strategies.

Take Action Now: Oppose BBB Tax Increases

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The House-passed Build Back Better (BBB) legislation contains damaging increased tax rates on S-Corporations and other pass-through tax structures that are popular among retail lumber and building material (LBM) dealers.

ABMA Legislative Committee Update

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On November 18th, the ABMA Legislative Committee met virtually to receive a congressional update from our Government Affairs Associate Pat Rita, discuss the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on COVID-19 vaccines and testing and the current legal status of the ETS, look ahead to potential 2022 priorities, and highlighted our upcoming virtual event with Congressman Kurt Schrader from Oregon.

Take Action Now: Support Workforce Development/CTE

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As the budget reconciliation negotiations continue and legislators look for ways to make the overall package more affordable, we need to ask the Members of Congress to protect critical workforce and CTE funding.

ABMA Legislative Committee Update

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On October 21st, the ABMA Legislative Committee met virtually to receive a congressional briefing from our Government Affairs Associate Pat Rita, discuss the pending OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on COVID-19 vaccines and testing, update the status of our Federal PAC formation and look forward to our virtual Congressional meeting in November.

Take Action Now: Oppose Federal Tax Hikes

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As Congress continues its deliberations on both the infrastructure and budget reconciliation packages, please tell your legislator to not raise revenue to pay for the packages on the backs of America’s small businesses.

SBA Virtual Small Business Week

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The U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week Virtual Summit event is happening September 13-15, 2021.

Take Action Now: Introducing the ABMA

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September 1 is the official launch date of the American Building Materials Alliance (ABMA). Please take a moment to access this easy-to-use action alert to contact your federal legislators and help us introduce the ABMA to Congress.