April 2004

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Legislative vehicles for NRCA's agenda

by Craig S. Brightup
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NRCA is working in Washington, D.C., to see that Congress passes two important initiatives: association health plans (AHPs) and a shorter tax depreciation schedule for nonresidential roof systems.


AHP legislation, the Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2003 (HR 660), was voted on in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2003 as a stand-alone bill and passed by a 100-vote margin. A stand-alone bill is subject to a vote in the House or Senate without being part of a larger, multifaceted piece of legislation.

The companion AHP bill in the Senate, S 545, has been referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. However, it is unlikely the bill will be voted out of committee and moved to the Senate floor as a stand-alone bill. The AHP coalition, which is composed of associations, including NRCA, that support HR 660/S 545, surveyed senators to determine how many of them support S 545 and found the bill does not have the 60 votes necessary to invoke cloture and stop endless...

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