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  • Recently, Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) introduced the Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act (HR 469) while Sen Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced a companion bill, S. 119, in the Senate. These bills prevent the ability of federal agencies to participate in back-door sue-and-settle arrangements with special interest groups, which circumvent established regulatory laws. Federal agencies... more »
  • On Friday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to freeze all new federal regulations immediately and temporarily. The move effectively halts any pending policies from the Obama Administration before they can be finalized and allows President Trump to validate concerns with regulations that Republicans have viewed as burdensome to business, says the Window & Door Manufacturers... more »
  • Congress took its recess until January 2017, unable to reach an agreement on the Energy Bill beforehand. The comprehensive energy bill reached the final stage of passage, but a final decision will have to wait until next year, according to the Window & Door Manufacturers Association. Work on a comprehensive energy bill has been going on for years, and the House and Senate were able to push a... more »
  • The Dept. of Commerce  determined preliminarily that extruded aluminum products meeting the chemical specifications for 5050 grade alloy aluminum, a rolling alloy not used for extrusions, circumvent the antidumping and countervailing orders for Aluminum Extrusions from the People’s Republic of China, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The department found that 5050 grade alloy... more »
  • The House of Representatives passed a bill Sept. 28 that would delay the effective start date of the Department of Labor's new overtime regulations by six months. The new rule will require employers to pay overtime to salaried workers earning less than $47,500 a year, double the current threshold of $23,660. Five House Democrats joined 241 Republicans to support moving the rule's effective date... more »
  • Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency published a notice in its spring 2016 regulatory agenda that they are initiating a “610 review” of the Lead: Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule. A 610 review is a reference to the Regulatory Flexibility Act that mandates EPA to conduct a review within ten years of promulgating a final rule that has or may have a significant economic... more »
  • Recently, the Department of Labor issued a final rule that significantly increases the number of employees eligible for overtime pay.  The final rule states that the salary level under which employees qualify for overtime pay will increase from $455 per week ($23,360 annually) to an estimated $913 per week ($47,476 annually). The rule is effective December 1, 2016. The salary threshold will... more »
  • The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association issued a statement against the Department of Labor's just-released overtime final rule. The rule will raise the standard salary level for overtime to $913/week from $455/week effective Dec. 1 and require the salary threshold to increase every three years.    The NLBMDA expressed concern for small businesses in a press release... more »
  • Last week, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that will provide tariff relief for U.S. manufacturers while complying with the congressional ban on earmarks. The Miscellaneous Tariff Bill, which will overhaul the process for reducing or eliminating tariffs on imported inputs and products not available or in short supply domestically, passed by unanimous consent. It will now be sent to President Obama... more »
  • Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Dr. David Danielson announced the second round of funding for the Energy Department’s Technologist in Residence program. At its core, the new program aims to strengthen lab-industry relationships to support industry needs and leverage the national lab network for strategic, long-term, collaborative R&D. Up to $2.3 million... more »