Dear Industry Colleagues,
As president of ASA, I have had the privilege of witnessing a “new beginning”
within the realm of our Association’s advocacy efforts throughout the first
half of 2011. At the end of 2010, in conjunction with the Association’s ongoing
commitment as the “unified voice” of the PHCP and PVF industry, ASA’s Executive
Committee made the decision to bring on full-time Director of Government
Affairs Dan Hilton.
By maintaining an ongoing presence in Washington,
D.C., ASA has allowed itself the
opportunity to become much more integrated in daily Capitol Hill activities
specifically affecting our industry. Dan has kept ASA’s members informed by
keeping his “finger on the pulse,” and maintaining consistent activity in
frequent coalition and committee meetings. As a result, ASA has been more
proactive when it comes to issues and action.
What are the issues? ASA’s 2011 Legislative and Regulatory Agenda is focused on
specific items such as the strong opposition of LIFO repeal and tax mandates on
government contracts, prevention of the ever-growing problem of copper theft,
and legislation supporting the creation of federally regulated small business
health plans (SBHPs). In addition, ASA supports and promotes policies which
conserve our nation’s natural resources and protect our environment, such as
the EPA’s WaterSense Partnership. ASA also supports federal policies which
allow employers and employees to work together. Along with several trade
associations, ASA opposes harmful “Card Check” legislation which would effectively
eliminate workers’ ability to make the important decision over union
recognition in the privacy of a voting booth.
ASA also opposes the Family Medical Leave Act, which is legislation that
would require employers to provide seven days of paid sick leave annually for
full-time workers. These are just a few examples of the many issues ASA becomes
involved with on a regular basis.
What about action? There are many ways to be proactive regarding the various
issues surrounding our industry. In addition to becoming involved personally or
on the committee level, you can also let your voice be heard directly on “the
Hill.” ASA recently conducted its annual Legislative Fly-In, held May 3-4 in Washington, D.C.
More than 30 ASA members attended the event, which included several
opportunities to network, educate and be informed. ASA members had the unique
opportunity to meet personally with members of
Congress who sit on influential committees such asWays and Means,
which is charged with overseeing changes in our tax code, andEnergy
and Commerce, which oversees virtually all facets of American
industry and those who regulate it. The issues that I mentioned above were
discussed with members of Congress, as well as feelings and opinions on the
upcoming “Debt Ceiling” vote, the new healthcare law and much more. Wrapping up
the Legislative Fly-In was a meeting of ASA’s Government and Public Affairs
Committee, led by Chairman Dennis Goode. Please see Dan Hilton’s article on the
Legislative Fly-In in theASA Newssection for more details on the event.
If the past six months have been any indicator, we have definitely set a strong
pace for ASA advocacy as far as what we will see throughout the rest of the
year. With our “finger on the pulse” and that vigorous level of activity
happening in Washington,
NOW is the time for YOU to get involved if you haven’t already.
Please feel free to contact Dan Hilton
at 703.328.5234 or firstname.lastname@example.org more information on ASA’s Government and Public Affairs
Committee, issue updates and other advocacy happenings. Thank you for your involvement!
Kenny Pipe & Supply