ABMA Wraps Up First Year, Makes Plans for Year Two

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The ABMA Legislative Committee met on Thursday, August 25th. Our Government Affairs Associate Pat Rita gave an update on our priority issues. We will be conducting a grassroots campaign to get Senate support for the Employer Directed Skills Act (HR6255) so we can hopefully get a Senate version introduced before the end of the year. We are taking similar action on the LICENSE Act (HR6567/S3556) in an attempt to get cosponsors before the end of 2022, so be on the lookout for an action alert in early September.

ABMA Meets with Sen. Blumenthal’s Office

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On Tuesday, August 16th, the American Building Materials Alliance (ABMA) met with the office of Senator Blumenthal (D-CT) to discuss their priority issues of workforce development (WFD), supply-chain disruptions, and the Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA).

Softwood Lumber Subsidies and Forest Products Legislation

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In the October 8 edition of the Federal Register, a notice was published by the Department of Commerce seeking comment on existing softwood lumber subsidies in competing countries. Under the Softwood Lumber Act of 2008, the Secretary of Commerce is required to submit a report to Congress every six months on any subsidy–including stumpage subsidies–provided by countries exporting softwood lumber or softwood lumber products to the United States. Commerce submitted its last subsidy report to Congress on June 30, 2021.

ABMA Legislative Committee Update

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On August 26, 2021, the ABMA Federal Legislative Committee held its inaugural meeting to approve the Committee Charter, establish preliminary priority issues, and receive a Capitol Hill update from our Government Affairs Associate Pat Rita.