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Top Legislative Issues


Regulatory Reform

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must end the use of non-governmental, non-consensus standards in setting product procurement policies through its Environmentally Preferable Purchasing program (EPP).

THE ASK

  • Send a letter to Administrator Scott Pruitt asking EPA to alter significantly or retract its “Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels for Federal Purchasing” policy developed under its Environmentally Preferred Purchasing (EPP) program.

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Housing Policy

Congress should place a high priority on programs supporting the housing sector.

THE ASK

  • Support adequate access to capital for homebuyers and homebuilders, including a robust secondary mortgage market, since vinyl products are used extensively in single and multi-family home construction.
  • Support programs that provide a meaningful investment in vocational education to train workers for jobs in the housing industry.

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International Trade

U.S. Trade policies have the potential to severely impact American vinyl-related businesses.

THE ASK

  • Reassert congressional oversight of U.S. trade policies that could disrupt global supply chains and harm American businesses, including the vinyl industry, and reestablish certainty with trading partners.
  • Support continued U.S. membership in NAFTA.  Ensure any modernization efforts do no harm to mature industries that rely on the agreement and the access to North American markets.

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Water Infrastructure

Increase funding for water infrastructure programs and require open competition in designing and bidding on piping systems in order to stretch taxpayers’ dollars and lower local ratepayers’ costs.

THE ASK

  • Support the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) bill, and support the inclusion of the Securing Required Funding for Water Infrastructure Now Act (SRF WIN Act) provisions in WRDA.
  • Co-sponsor and actively support Congressman Babin’s bill, the Municipal Infrastructure Savings and Transparency Act (MIST Act). 
  • Oppose restrictive design and bidding policies for rural water infrastructure in federal agriculture appropriations bills and report language.  Follow current regulations that require open and free competition to prevent the wasting of taxpayer dollars and unnecessary escalation of local ratepayers’ water bills.

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