Vitter, Engler to Speak at WDMA Conference

February 24, 2010

Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) and John Engler, president & CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers and former governor of Michigan, are the featured speakers at the upcoming Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference of the Window & Door Manufacturers Association. WDMA is co-hosting the event, scheduled for March 15-17, with the North American Building Materials Distribution Association and the National Lumber & Building Materials Dealers Association.

Vitter will share his perspectives on the major issues facing Congress and the industry at the Washington Briefing Breakfast, scheduled for Tuesday, March 16.  Said to be one of the first in the Senate to raise questions about the Environmental Protection Agency's new lead abatement rule, he will also update attendees as he continues to address concerns about implementation of the new rules directly with the EPA Administrator.

The luncheon keynote speaker on the same day, Engler will review NAM's agenda for maintaining U.S. competitiveness by lifting unnecessary burdens on manufacturing: excessive taxation and regulation, the high cost of health care, expensive litigation and soaring energy costs. He will also share his  insights on the issues impacting the manufacturing sector in Washington today and let attendees know what to expect during Capitol Hill visits that are being scheduled for the next day.

Energy Star Programs in Transition

The conference features three panel discussions focusing on specific Federal government activities. The first features Zachary Shadid, EPA's operations manager for Energy Star for Homes, and Douglas Anderson, EPA's operations manager for the Energy Star Home Improvement Program, who will review the major changes taking place with the shift in oversight of Energy Star to EPA.  In addition, they will provide an update on further tightening of Energy Star window, door and skylight criteria, which EPA is expected to begin discussing later this year.

Also on tap for the meeting is John Satagaj, president of Small Business Legislative Council, who will focus on what's ahead for tax policy in 2010.  Specifically, he will look at the fate of the estate tax in 2011 and beyond, 1099 tax gap legislation, potential new jobs tax credits and the possibility for an extension of energy efficient tax credits. He will be followed by Jeff Inks, WDMA's VP of code and regulatory affairs, and Frank Moore, NLBMDA's regulatory counsel, who will review key safety and health issues, including EPA's lead rules.

The event, to be held at the Marriott Washington in Washington, D.C., also features a full-day of WDMA committee meetings on Monday, March 15.  The schedule also includes time slots for attendees to visit representatives and staff people on Capitol Hil and at various federal agencies.  More information is available at