ACCA members are traveling to the nation’s capital this month to meet with members of Congress.
The Air Conditioning Contractors of America is holding its “Washington Action Days” May 18-19 in conjunction with the Heating, Airconditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International. Members of both groups will meet with local senators and representatives, learn about citizen activism and attend a dinner with political commentator and television talk show host Tucker Carlson.
Issues likely to be talked about by ACCA and HARDI members with their Congress members include so-called “cap and trade” energy legislation, possible residential HVAC retrofit incentives and passage of laws that would make it easier to join unions.
ACCA President and CEO Paul T. Stalknecht said in-person meetings with lawmakers are essential to getting the association’s message heard.
“I think it’s clear to all of us that this year, more than ever before, we need our members to take their concerns directly to their congressmen and senators,” Stalknecht said. “The turmoil of the last several months is not over, as Congress is continuing to pursue an aggressive, activist agenda that will directly impact contractors, their businesses, and their families.
“There’s too much at stake to sit back and think that someone else is going to take care of it,” Stalknecht added. “As our current chairman, John Sedine, said in his inaugural remarks, ‘There is no someone else - you are the only someone else.’”
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