December 2003

A capital experience

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NRCA's legislative conference was a success on many fronts

by Carl Good
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As NRCA members, affiliate executives and staff converged on Capitol Hill Sept. 30-Oct. 3, they focused on keeping industry-friendly members of Congress alive in their bids for re-election, as well as making sure legislative issues important to the roofing industry remain at the forefront of Congress' agenda.

In addition to an aggressive legislative conference schedule, 21 NRCA committees, NRCA's Affiliate Executives Council, the National Roofing Foundation and The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress met to carry out their essential business for the year. Participation was impressive: 132 NRCA members serving on committees, 40 spouses and 20 staff were on-hand for a week of whirlwind activity.

Legislators appreciation

Participants were delighted to hear from Rep. Gary Miller (R-Calif.) at the luncheon Sept. 30. Miller, having a construction industry background, discussed the currently overblown situation with mold litigation, immigration reform and health-insurance reform. Miller is a co-sponsor of legislation that would allow associations such as NRCA to provide quality, affordable health benefits through association health plans to their small-business...

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