March 21, 2017
President Donald Trump released his budget blueprint, which serves as a framework for his official budget request to be released in May. The blueprint calls for the elimination of the Energy Star program as part of a cut to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget, along with cuts in funding for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy within the Department of Energy,... more »
January 24, 2017
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 »
January 24, 2017
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 »
December 13, 2016
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 »
November 15, 2016
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 »
October 4, 2016
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 »
June 14, 2016
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 »
May 31, 2016
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 »
May 20, 2016
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 »
May 20, 2016
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 »