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  • The House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Energy held a hearing on draft language that would make several changes to the Energy Star program, including moving the program back to the Department of Energy, subjecting the program to federal rulemaking requirements and providing liability protections for program participants. The Window & Door Manufacturers Association reports the hearing... more »
  • The Trump Administration, House Committee on Ways and Means, and Senate Committee on Finance released an outline of priorities for reforming the tax code. Titled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the tax bill addresses corporate taxes, individual rates and the mortgage interest deduction. The proposed legislation permanently lowers the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent. Individuals would... more »
  • President Trump nominated Scott A. Mugno to head up the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as assistant secretary of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health. Mugno comes from the private sector as the vice president for safety, sustainability and vehicle maintenance at FedEx Ground in Pittsburgh. He previously served as the managing director for FedEx Express Corporate Safety, Health and... more »
  • U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced the members of the President's Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion. The task force represents companies, trade and industry groups, educational institutions, and labor unions. The Department of Labor reports that its members have experience in addressing the nation's skills gap. "Expanding apprenticeships will help Americans learn the... more »
  •     EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signs "sue and settle" directive  Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt issued an agency-wide directive designed to end “sue and settle” practices within the EPA, providing, the agency says, an unprecedented level of public participation and transparency in EPA consent decrees and settlement... more »
  • The Window and Door Manufacturers Association reports that on September 14, the House voted to pass a $1.2 trillion government-wide spending bill for fiscal 2018. The bill passed 211-198, mostly along party lines and was the first time in years that the House passed a full appropriations package before the October 1 deadline. The bill included funding the Energy Star program at $33 million, which... more »
  • The Window & Door Manufacturers Association reported that last week, a federal court in Texas struck down the Department of Labor rule that would have expanded overtime eligibility by more than doubling the salary threshold under the Fair Labor Standards Act’s “white collar” or executive, administrative and professional exemptions. The rule more than doubled the salary... more »
  • During the 2017 legislative session, the Colorado legislature enacted House Bill 1041, which requires that schools discuss the various career pathways available to postsecondary students, and the types of certificates and jobs to which each pathway leads. The bill calls upon public high schools in Colorado to add information about skilled labor jobs and military enlistment to their Individual... more »
  • Congress is continuing the budgeting process for fiscal year 2018 and key congressional committees are working to pass appropriations bills that fund the government starting October 1, the Window & Door Manufacturers Association reports, which could include cutbacks on several programs including Energy Star.   In the House, the full chamber passed a bill to fund the Environmental... more »
  • The Environmental Protection Agency published for public review and comment the Draft 1 Specification and Criteria Analysis Report on Energy Star for Exterior and Interior Storm Windows. EPA will host a webinar on Thursday, Aug. 3, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. EDT to review the documents and answer questions on the draft criteria. Public comments are due Aug. 31. All documents can be found on EPA... more »