Capitol Hill

A real chance for reform

With a new pro-business majority in Congress in 2015, NRCA is working to advance legislation designed to address a top priority for its members: providing relief from burdensome regulations. The House of Representatives already has approved two regulatory reform bills, and the outlook for passage in the Senate is better than at any time in recent memory.

The issue

NRCA is focused on regulatory reform because of many concerns members have about the dramatic increase in new regulations being issued by the federal government. In recent years, numerous regulations have been promulgated by the Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, National Labor Relations Board and other federal agencies that significantly affect employers in the roofing industry.

The cost of this expansion of regulations to the U.S. economy is significant. In 2011, the Small Business Administration estimated the total cost of compliance with all federal regulations throughout the nation was $1.75 trillion annually. In 2013, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a market-oriented think tank, estimated the nationwide cost at $1.9 trillion. With more regulations in the pipeline, there is no end in sight to this trend. And NRCA expects the Obama administration to be active in issuing regulations during the president's final two years in office.