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ACMA Special Report: 2014 Midterm Elections
The elections on November 4, 2014 were a game changer. The balance of power in Washington has shifted and consequently the legislative outlook for the business community has changed dramatically. In 2015, Congress must address issues like spending, taxes, immigration and infrastructure. ACMA will be your voice in Washington on all of them.
Read ACMA’s special report discussing the results and impacts of the 2014 Midterms to learn more.
Advocacy to build a better industry
- Legislation should ensure federal innovation programs result in real-world benefits. See ACMA's Nov. 13, 2014 briefing paper.
- EPA should provide longer phase-out period for foam blowing agent. Read ACMA's Oct. 20, 2014 comments.
- FHWA should update innovative bridge database. Read more in ACMA's Sept. 30, 2014 briefing paper.
- FEMA should stockpile high performance utility poles. Read more in ACMA's Sept. 29, 2014 briefing paper.
- UN pollutant program should recognize environmental benefits of composite utility poles. Read ACMA's Nov. 6, 2014 comments.
- OSHA should allow chemical suppliers time to receive updated hazard information before revising safety data sheets. Read the Aug. 12, 2014 coalition letter co-signed by ACMA, and OSHA's response providing enforcement flexibility.
- Composites manufacturing operations do not present sufficient risk to warrant coverage under EPA's risk management program or OSHA's process safety standard. Read ACMA's October 10, 2014 comments to EPA and Mar. 10, 2014 comments to OSHA.
- OSHA should not release workplace injury records to the public. Read more in ACMA's March 9, 2014 comments to OSHA.
- NIOSH must not base its workplace carcinogen classifications on the Report on Carcinogens but should perform its own weight of evidence assessments. Read more on ACMA's February 13, 2014 advocacy document.
- Reforms to EPA's chemical risk assessment program should advance transparency, stakeholder participation, and peer review. Read more on ACMA's May 29, 2013 advocacy document.
Power of collaboration
- ACMA co-signed a Nov. 14, 2014 letter by the Cal-Chamber, calling on Cal-EPA to provide better protection against abusive lawsuits under the state's Prop 65 chemical hazards warning program.
- ACMA co-signed a Nov. 12, 2014 letter by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, criticizing EPA's planned expansion of its enforcement authority under the Clean Water Act.
- ACMA co-signed an Oct. 14, 2014 letter by the Coalition for Workplace Solutions, complaining that OSHA's proposed expansion of employer's responsibilities for reporting workplace injuries will add costs without improving workplace health and safety.
- ACMA co-signed a June 23, 2014 letter by the American Chemistry Council's innovation alliance, supporting a House bill that would require EPA to fully disclose any scientific data used to justify regulatory requirements.
Five easy steps to help Build it Better
- Prepare a short cover note explaining that one or more of the above issues are important to your business, and asking your Representative and Senators to contact ACMA's legislative affairs department at 703.525.0511 for more information.
- Download ACMA's comments or advocacy document (above).
- Visit Contacting the Congress to obtain the contact information for your congressional offices.
- Fax your cover note and the advocacy document to the offices of your Representative and Senators.
- IMPORTANT - Also email a scanned copy of your correspondence to firstname.lastname@example.org, so ACMA staff can contact your congressional office to follow-up on your correspondence with them.
As the strong and unified voice of the industry, ACMA works to further the best interests of the composites industry in all available forums and to represent its membership to lawmakers, regulators and the general public. Our strong government affairs team lobbies vigorously at the federal, state and local levels on issues that make a difference to you and the success of your business.
As the composites industry’s largest and most influential trade group, ACMA recognizes that one of its key responsibilities is to facilitate communication between our members and public policy makers on Capitol Hill and in agencies such as EPA and OSHA. The association consistently seeks to proactively and positively affect regulatory and legislative outcomes. It also pushes back against problematic governmental actions.
ACMA offers its members access to resources and programs that will enable them to form enduring, positive relationships with their Members of Congress. At the same time, it provides a framework for coordinated advocacy efforts, enabling the composites industry to speak with a strong, unified voice.