ABMA Signs on to Rail Letter

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RENNSELAER, N.Y. – The American Building Materials Alliance, along with over 400 other organizations, signed-on to a letter, sent today, urging Congressional action to prevent a major rail strike that could start as early as December 9th. “If this strike comes to fruition, it would increase the burden upon an already over extended trucking industry […]

ABMA Signs Onto Business Letter Opposing ENABLERS Act

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RENSSELAER, N.Y. – Today, the American Building Materials Alliance joined more than 75 organizations in opposing the Establishing New Authorities for Business Laundering and Enabling Risks to Security ENABLERS) Act, which passed the House as part of this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The ENABLERS Act seeks to dramatically expand the reporting requirements put […]

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).

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.

ABMA Meets with Senator Susan Collins Re: Canadian Softwood Lumber Agreement

Today, ABMA Committee members and members of the Retail Lumber Dealers Association of Maine (RLDAM) met with Senator Susan Collins and her staff to advocate for a US-Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA). The most recent SLA expired in 2015. The lack of an agreement is contributing to the country’s rising and unpredictable lumber prices via high US tariffs, which in turn are contributing to affordable housing issues and fewer Canadian exports.

Today, ABMA Committee members and members of the Retail Lumber Dealers Association of Maine (RLDAM) met with Senator Susan Collins and her staff to advocate for a US-Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA). The most recent SLA expired in 2015. The lack of an agreement is contributing to the country’s rising and unpredictable lumber prices via high US tariffs, which in turn are contributing to affordable housing issues and fewer Canadian exports.

ABMA One of the First to Sign On to COTA

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On Thursday, Congressmen Glenn Thompson (PA-15) and Derek Kilmer (WA-6) introduced the Creating Opportunities to Thrive and Advance Act. The American Building Materials Alliance (ABMA) was one of the first to sign on as an endorsing organization.

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.

Supreme Court Blocks OSHA COVID-19 ETS

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Previously, on December 17, 2021, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit granted the administration’s request to dissolve the Fifth Circuit’s November 6th stay on the regulation. The divided three-member court said the harm caused by keeping the emergency temporary standard frozen outweighs any damage that would come from letting it go into effect.

Curtis Lumber Hosts Rep. Stefanik

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On Tuesday, December 14, Curtis Lumber of Ballston Spa, NY hosted Representative Elise Stefanik (NY District 21) in its corporate office for a private legislative event. At the event, Rep. Stefanik introduced the proposed Employer Directed Skills Act which will “empower job creators to determine the skills their workforce needs, streamline the process for workers to access skills development, and leverage private sector investments to make employers a stakeholder in the reskilling process.”

Business Community Opposes Grantor Trust/Minority Valuation Changes

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The ABMA joined with more than 90 trade associations representing millions of individually- and family-owned businesses to sound the alarm on the proposed changes to grantor trust and valuation rules in the Build Back Better Act (H.R. 5376) and called on lawmakers to reject these provisions.

ABMA Outlines Vaccine Mandate Concerns to OSHA

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On Friday, September 17th, ABMA Government Affairs Associate Pat Rita and ABMA Director of Legislative & Regulatory Affairs Kirk Ives attended a U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) sponsored meeting with OSHA officials and other interested parties on a number of workplace safety issues, most importantly, President Biden’s proposed vaccine mandate and testing requirements for employers with 100 or more employees.