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Advocating for a Comprehensive Energy Bill

Advocating for a Comprehensive Energy Bill

Christine Coogle, Editor and Social Media Manager, NEMA This week, I joined the NEMA government relations team and representatives from several NEMA companies on a visit to Capitol Hill to meet with congressional staff involved in the House-Senate energy bill conference committee. Our object was to advocate for the swift development and passage of a comprehensive energy bill with a number of specific provisions important to our members. Both the House of Representatives and the Senate Read more [...]
It Is Time for Congress to Update the Regulatory Model

It Is Time for Congress to Update the Regulatory Model

Kevin J. Cosgriff, President & CEO, NEMA On Friday, June 10, I presented oral testimony on behalf of NEMA’s nearly 400 member manufacturers to the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, urging Congress to stop serial rulemaking on mature products that now experience diminishing returns on savings. My testimony was regarding the Energy Conservation Standards program implemented by the Department of Energy (DOE) under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA). NEMA is in a central Read more [...]
Let NEMA Schedule Your Congressional Visits

Let NEMA Schedule Your Congressional Visits

One of the many services NEMA Government Relations provides its members is organizing congressional visits either for individual companies or for entire NEMA sections. Whether you are in town for a NEMA meeting or not, NEMA Government Relations encourages member company representatives to take advantage of being in Washington, D.C., and allowing the staff to arrange visits with your elected officials. These appointments help build relationships with the offices that represent you and your Read more [...]
Tariff Suspension Reform Reopens Window for Savings

Tariff Suspension Reform Reopens Window for Savings

This piece was originally published in the June 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Craig Updyke, Director, Trade and Commercial Affairs, NEMA On May 20, President Obama signed into law reforms to the long-stalled process for granting temporary suspensions of customs import duties for products and inputs that are not available from domestic sources. The provisions of the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 sidestep concerns that many members of Congress Read more [...]
President Obama Sends $4.1T Budget Proposal to Congress: What’s in it for Electrical and Medical Imaging Manufacturers?

President Obama Sends $4.1T Budget Proposal to Congress: What’s in it for Electrical and Medical Imaging Manufacturers?

On Tuesday, February 9, President Obama released his FY2017 budget proposal. The $4.1  trillion proposal is largely perceived as a statement of the White House’s priorities from a president in his final year in office rather than a budget that would be accepted and passed by a Republican-controlled Congress. Indeed, many Republican Members of Congress have already indicated that the budget proposal will be dead on arrival in the House of Representatives. That being said, the budget proposal Read more [...]
Making Trade Work Better

Making Trade Work Better

The U.S. Senate is expected as soon as February 10 to begin considering a negotiated compromise bill to reauthorize the trade facilitation and enforcement functions of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Among other provisions that support lawful trade, the bill authorizes completion of the “single window” trade documentation submission system and facilitates cooperation between CBP and trademark holders to prevent importation of counterfeit products. The compromise also contains new Read more [...]
Contact Your Senators: Senate to Begin Debate on the Energy Policy Modernization Act

Contact Your Senators: Senate to Begin Debate on the Energy Policy Modernization Act

By Kyle Pitsor, Vice President, Government Relations, NEMA The U.S. Senate may begin debate this week on an energy bill that includes many important provisions for the electroindustry. We encourage NEMA members and others in the industry to take action and contact their Senators to urge them to support S.2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act. You can easily contact your Senators through NEMA’s online system by clicking here or by calling the Senate switchboard at 202-224-3121. The Read more [...]
NEMA/MITA Highlights: President Obama’s 2016 State of the Union Address

NEMA/MITA Highlights: President Obama’s 2016 State of the Union Address

By Kyle Pitsor, Vice President of Government Relations, NEMA President Obama’s final State of the Union address set the tone for his last year in office and set forth his vision for policies in America. The full transcript of the address can be found here. NEMA’s summary of key points in the address that affect electrical equipment and medical imaging technology manufacturers is provided below. International Trade Trans-Pacific Partnership President Obama touted the completion Read more [...]
NEMA, MITA Commend Congress for Passing Omnibus Package Containing Medical Imaging and Electroindustry Provisions

NEMA, MITA Commend Congress for Passing Omnibus Package Containing Medical Imaging and Electroindustry Provisions

Today, America’s electrical and medical imaging industries applaud Congress for passing a $1.1 trillion omnibus legislative package that funds the government through September 30, 2016, addresses certain tax provisions and includes NEMA-supported cybersecurity language. Passage of the package completes legislative work for this session of the 114th Congress; the second session is scheduled to start when Congress returns on January 4, 2016. In particular, the two-year delay of the medical device Read more [...]
Let’s Get Real

Let’s Get Real

Why is Congress finding it difficult to pass legislation that helps U.S. business export to developing countries, supports U.S. jobs, and sends money to the U.S. Treasury? The subject is the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which for eight decades has helped U.S. exporters “get paid” but which may be in its last days due to a persistent echo-chamber of falsehoods and misunderstandings. Urge your Senators and Representative to support “Ex-Im” reauthorization. Opponents of the Bank, including leading Read more [...]