Capitol Hill

Legislative conference wrap-up

NRCA's Fall Committee Meetings and Legislative Conference were held Oct. 18-21 in Washington, D.C. Nearly 150 association members participated to advance the roofing industry's agenda in Congress, and events throughout the four days allowed NRCA members to establish a dialogue with key decision makers. In addition, 33 NRCA committees met to conduct association business.

The event kicked off with Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) speaking at lunch Oct. 18. That evening, NRCA held its Legislators Appreciation Reception in the Hart Senate Office Building with Sens. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and John Thune (R-S.D.). The following day, NRCA members visited the Capitol Hill offices of their respective members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to lobby for NRCA's issues. ROOFPAC's gala dinner that evening featured Sens. James Talent (R-Mo.) and George Allen (R-Va.). On Oct. 20, NRCA members went to a briefing in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next door to the White House.

Government relations

The conference focused on three issues: comprehensive immigration reform; association health plans (AHPs); and a shorter tax depreciation schedule for commercial roof systems. The timing fit well with where each is in Congress—particularly immigration.