Every year, PMI provides its members with the opportunity to be briefed on important legislative and regulatory issues, as well as the chance to schedule appointments with lawmakers representing their districts. This year, the Washington, D.C., Legislative Forum and Fly-In will happen on May 7-8.
PMI CEO/Executive Director Kerry Stackpole emphasizes that both meetings are open to all PMI members, not only senior executives. “Anyone from a PMI member company whose job entails having an understanding of legislative and regulatory issues or knowing the policymakers behind them will benefit from these events,” he explained. “This year will be especially interesting, given what’s on the table in Washington.”
D.C. experts and policymakers to provide a road map
PMI Federal Government Affairs Consultant Stephanie Salmon has planned an exciting day-and-a-half program in the nation’s capital. On the afternoon of May 7, experts on the highest priority issues for PMI members will brief them on the latest intelligence. Topics to be discussed will include tariffs, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), infrastructure, WaterSense, the upcoming revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule, status on the home building sector, workforce issues, and more.
Invited experts will come from organizations such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and others. The first day will wrap up with a rooftop reception with key allied groups, officials from the U.S. Department of Commerce and EPA’s Office of WaterSense.
On the second day, after starting the day enjoying a breakfast headlined by a member of Congress, PMI members will have scheduled appointments with representatives and staff on Capitol Hill.
Since the 116th Congress began its work earlier this year, momentum behind a comprehensive infrastructure bill has continued to build in both congressional chambers, Salmon said. House Democratic leaders have made it very clear that they want to see draft legislation by early summer. PMI members will have the opportunity to learn more about the components of the package and to highlight the importance of continued investment in water infrastructure.
She also noted that a trade agreement with China is being negotiated, with President Donald Trump indicating no rush to lift the tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods, including dozens of plumbing products, until Beijing complies with any trade deal that is reached. PMI will continue to urge the administration to reach a deal with China that includes full and immediate removal of tariffs on both sides and provides clarity for American businesses and consumers.