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NRCA Government Relations Activities and Accomplishments

NRCA continues to communicate the views and concerns of its members to policy makers in Washington, D.C., on key legislative and regulatory issues of importance to the roofing industry. Below is a brief overview of NRCA's major government relations activities during 2015.
  • NRCA held its Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., in October, where NRCA members advocated for regulatory reform legislation, immigration reform that meets the roofing industry's workforce needs, and extension of the renewable energy investment tax credit (ITC), which is important to the rooftop solar industry. In December, Congress approved a five-year extension of the ITC, which had been scheduled to expire in 2016, securing extension of the credit for commercial and residential solar projects through 2021.

  • NRCA worked with key lawmakers to provide tax relief to businesses through legislation that permanently extends Section 179 small-businesses expensing at higher investment levels, permanently extends reforms for pass-through businesses and provides a five-year extension of bonus depreciation.

  • NRCA and allied groups worked with lawmakers to ensure all roofing products that are Energy Star®-rated qualify for the residential energy-efficiency tax credit, an objective NRCA has been pursuing for many years.

  • NRCA helped secure passage of legislation to streamline the environmental permitting process that often delays private and public construction projects, providing for fewer delays in future development projects and greater levels of economic growth.

  • NRCA developed policy recommendations for Congress to make training programs authorized by the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act more responsive to the workforce development needs of the roofing industry.

  • NRCA supported legislation passed by Congress to delay the health insurance tax under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2017, as well as a bill to repeal an ACA mandate that would have resulted in premium increases for many midsized employers in 2016 and beyond.

  • NRCA worked with lawmakers to secure passage of legislation to provide relief from burdensome regulations and outdated visa restrictions in the H-2B seasonal guest worker program, allowing more NRCA members to address their seasonal labor needs.

  • NRCA submitted detailed comments on several new regulations proposed by the Obama administration in 2015, including several proposed regulations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

  • 2015 was a successful year for ROOFPAC as NRCA raised more than $217,000, a 13 percent increase over 2014 and 24.6 percent increase over 2013. ROOFPAC also disbursed more than $180,000 to nearly 100 members of Congress who support NRCA's policy agenda on Capitol Hill.
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