The NAED Government Affairs Policy Committee met last week
in Washington, D.C., while everyone was in town for NAW’s 2011 Executive
Summit. It is definitely an interesting time on Capitol Hill, which is all the
more reason why NAED will stay up to date on all of the issues that matter to the
This meeting marked one year since the formation of the NAED
Government Affairs Policy Committee. During that time, a website has been created, communications have been sent in the form of action alerts and a quarterly
e-newsletter, our members and staff have had meetings with Congress, and
everyone was encouraged to take part in the democratic process through the 2010
“Get Out the Vote” effort.
I want to thank the following people for speaking to our
committee at the meeting: Jeff Genzer, NASEO; Paul Molitor and Jim Creevy,
NEMA; Talbot Gee and Jon Melchi, HARDI. We heard from them about energy
incentives, labor issues, smart grid and grassroots advocacy. NAED’s
legislative agenda was also addressed, including the importance of focusing
efforts on looming regulatory issues.
Chances are we will see a lot of regulatory action over the
next two years, so NAED government affairs will keep track of which ones affect
our members the most. Congress wants to hear from businesses on regulatory
issues; making that happen will include letter writing campaigns and
personalizing those letters by including the cost that implementing such
regulations would have on your business. Keep in the loop on these matters
through our website and leave your comments here
about your legislative concerns for this year.