NAW Winter 2015 Legislative Update for NBMDA

NBMDA is a member of the Washington DC-based National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW), whose primary purpose is to represent the wholesale distribution industry before Congress, the White House, and the judiciary on issues that cross the industry's many lines of trade.

As an NBMDA member, you can access the latest NAW report, the Winter 2015 NAW Update. In this update, you can receive information on health care reform, marketplace fairness, OSHA reform, taxes and more.

A Look Ahead: What Issues Are Likely to Dominate the Agenda in Washington in 2015?

It’s too early in 2015 to know for sure what lies ahead, but here’s a look at a few of the issues that are likely to be part of the debate:

  • Budget and Fiscal Issues: Probably the most fundamental obligation of Congress is to discharge its fiscal duties – to pass a budget resolution, enact the spending bills that fund government departments and agencies, raise the revenue necessary to meet those spending obligations, and ensure the country’s long-term solvency.
  • Energy/Environment: One of the first items to emerge in the new Congress was legislation to authorize construction of the Keystone pipeline. The House had passed Keystone legislation before and early passage by both houses in 2015 was a high priority.
  • Health Care: Votes to fully repeal Obamacare are certain to be held in both the House and Senate. While full repeal will not pass, a number of other initiatives, in Congress, the regulatory agencies and the courts are expected.
  • Immigration: Congress remains badly divided on the issue. Many in the GOP believe any reform must include strong border security provisions. Unfortunately, a bill with border security and some kind of guest worker program remains elusive.
  • Regulatory Overreach: We fully expect a full-steam-ahead approach from the Administration in the regulatory arena. There will likely be legislation considered to reform our regulatory processes. One bill, the “Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act” has been passed by the House several times already, and is pushed in the Senate by Rand Paul (R-KY). The REINS Act would subject executive branch regulations to Congressional review.
  • Reconciliation: Under the Congressional Budget Act, a Budget Resolution may include reconciliation language – language that instructs one or more committees to write legislation that changes current law to reconcile that law with the new spending and tax levels contained in the Budget Resolution.

For complete details on these and other topics that NAW is working on, view the full update

 

IMPORTANT: THIS NAW LEGISLATIVE UPDATE IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. IT DOES NOT AND IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE LEGAL OR PROFESSIONAL ADVICE OF ANY KIND. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR COMPANY'S LEGAL/EMPLOYEE BENEFITS COUNSEL FOR ADVICE REGARDING THE APPLICABILITY OF THIS INFORMATION OR ANY PROVISION THEROF TO YOUR SPECIFIC SITUATION.

Action Alerts generated by NAW are sent to you as a member service of NBMDA. For additional information on the issues outlined on this update or any other issue being monitored by NAW, please contact NAW at: 1325 G Street, NW Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20005 / (202)872-0885 / naw@naw.org

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