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Congress Overwhelmingly Approves USMCA

Congress Overwhelmingly Approves USMCA

This piece was originally published in the March/April 2020 issue of electroindustry. by Craig Updyke, Director, Trade and Commercial, Affairs, NEMA Following positive bipartisan votes in the House of Representatives and Senate, in January the President signed into law legislation to implement the U.S.–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), which will replace the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The House approved USMCA 385-41 on December 19; the Senate voted 89-10 on January Read more […]

Window on Washington

Window on Washington

This piece was originally published in the March/April 2020 issue of electroindustry. by Phil Squair, Vice President, Government Relations, NEMA In some ways, the 116th Congress has been one long tease for those interested in energy/climate and infrastructure policy. But this situation changed over the course of a 24-hour period on January 28-29, 2020, with the release of two major proposals in the House of Representatives. These two proposals contain provisions that would, if enacted, be some Read more […]

NEMA Regulatory Update and 2020 Outlook

NEMA Regulatory Update and 2020 Outlook

This piece was originally published in the January/February 2020 issue of electroindustry. Alex Boesenberg, Senior Manager of Regulatory Affairs, NEMA Despite the recent departure of Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry, DOE staff seem to have maintained their stride. The Administration continues to focus on improving regulatory proceedings, particularly in terms of transparency and fairness of analytical review. For example, after a very modest number of “no new Standard” Read more […]

Section Covers Spectrum

Section Covers Spectrum

This piece was originally published in the November/December 2019 issue of electroindustry. Craig Updyke, Director, Trade and Commercial Affairs, NEMA Members of the Transportation Management Systems and Associated Control Devices Section braved Washington, D.C., traffic to visit the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Capitol Hill, and three counterpart organizations on Sept. 25 and 26. Central to each discussion  were deployment of connected vehicle systems and the communications Read more […]

NEMA Keeps Active on Capitol Hill

NEMA Keeps Active on Capitol Hill

This piece was originally published in the November/December 2019 issue of electroindustry. Philip Squair, Vice President of Government Relations, NEMA It was a consequential summer for NEMA and the electroindustry on Capitol Hill. NEMA has advanced legislative proposals on surface transportation, industrial efficiency, appropriations, carbon monoxide detection, and cyber modernization of the grid. Most recently, the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed a surface transportation Read more […]

NEMA-Supported, Bipartisan Efficiency and Competitiveness Legislation Introduced in House, Senate

NEMA-Supported, Bipartisan Efficiency and Competitiveness Legislation Introduced in House, Senate

This piece was originally published in the September/October 2019 issue of electroindustry. Phil Squair, Vice President for Government Relations, NEMA Just prior to the August Congressional Recess, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) introduced the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2019 (ESIC). This bill is the latest version of the legacy energy-efficiency proposal that Senators Portman and Shaheen have introduced over the past Read more […]

Workforce Bill Targets Society, Industry, Economy

Workforce Bill Targets Society, Industry, Economy

This piece was originally published in the October 2016 issue of electroindustry. Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) In February, H.R. 4583, an act to promote a twenty-first-century energy and manufacturing workforce, passed the House with overwhelming support. This jobs bill, which I sponsored, directs the Department of Energy (DOE) to prioritize training underrepresented groups such as minorities, women, veterans, and unemployed energy workers for energy and manufacturing-related jobs in Read more […]