Capitol Hill

Taking it to the Hill

During Oct. 21-24, nearly 100 NRCA members and affiliate executives attended NRCA's Fall Committee Meetings and Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. This was a timely opportunity for contractors and other industry representatives to meet with members of Congress on Capitol Hill to advance NRCA's government relations objectives.

A busy schedule

During the meetings, the Government Relations Committee met to discuss NRCA's work regarding federal legislative and regulatory issues important to our industry. Committee members discussed NRCA's advocacy efforts on tax issues, immigration reform legislation, Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations, regulatory reform efforts and other key issues of interest. There was broad agreement roofing contractors currently face more challenges because of government regulation than during any time in recent memory; therefore, NRCA must remain engaged in Washington to effectively convey the roofing industry's position to policy makers.

In addition, ROOFPAC, NRCA's political action committee, held a fundraising reception featuring Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.), a former NRCA president. Ribble discussed the federal government's budgetary challenges, recent government shutdown and fight about the debt ceiling. He also discussed his efforts to work with members of Congress in both parties to bridge differences and address looming budget issues. More than 60 members attended and helped ROOFPAC raise more than $6,000 in funds that will be used to amplify NRCA's voice on Capitol Hill.