The PHCC, ACCA, HARDI and the ASA are holding a legislative “fly in” to learn how to effectively lobby members of Congress on the needs of the HVAC industry.
Four industry associations are teaming
up to meet with lawmakers next month in
The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors, the Air Conditioning
Contractors of America, the Heating, Airconditioning & Refrigeration
Distributors International and the American Supply Association are holding a
legislative “fly in” to learn how to effectively lobby members of Congress on
the needs of the HVAC industry.
The event will be held April 29-30
in the Washington suburb of Rosslyn, Va. Attendees will be briefed on industry
issues and hear from Bill Kristol, a Fox News commentator and Weekly Standard
editor, before heading to the nation’s capital to meet with senators and
The ACCA’s new chairman, Stan
Johnson, said the Democratic Congress and Barack Obama administration are
expected to move on legislation affecting many aspects of members’ businesses
and HVAC equipment regulations.
”Over the next few years
legislation is going to be passed and regulations are going to be written that
will profoundly impact your ability to operate profitably," Johnson said
at the group’s recent convention in Fort Worth, Texas. "I didn't say may
be passed; I said passed. And once legislation gets passed it's hard to
get it un-passed.
"Now we can throw in
the towel and say we don't care about Washington and let Congress do what it
wants. Or we can fight every step of the way to represent contractor interests
and try to shape the legislation so that it helps all of us, or at the very
least, so that it doesn't impact our industry and small businesses as much as
it could,” he said.
The groups have held similar joint lobbying events in the past.
Groups to hold joint lobbying event
March 19, 2009