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THE BRIGHTUP WRITE-UP...
BRINGING THE BELTWAY TO YOU
BY CRAIG BRIGHTUP, THE BRIGHTUP GROUP LLC
ON IMMIGRATION AND
onventional wisdom in Washington
had it that the lame duck session
of the 113th Congress was going to work
fairly smoothly on crafting an extension
of the Continuing Resolution (CR) that
kept the government running until Dec.
11, and a tax extenders bill to retroactively renew some 55 tax credits that
expired Dec. 31, 2013. Then, on Nov. 20,
President Obama issued his long-anticipated "Executive Action" on immigration policy (Immigration Accountability
Executive Action) and, as Bette Davis
said in All About Eve, "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night."
Perhaps the most controversial part
of the Executive Action is the expansion
of deferred action (deferring the threat of
deportation) for parents of U.S. citizens
or Lawful Permanent Residents who
are not enforcement priorities and have
been in the country for more than five
years. Individuals will have the opportunity to request temporary relief from
deportation and obtain work authorization if they come forward and register.
This parallels the administration's
2012 Deferred Action for Childhood
Arrivals (DACA) Directive that provides
young, illegal immigrants brought to the
U.S. as children temporary relief from
deportation and work permits. DACA is
also being expanded by the Executive
Action, however, it is the enormity of the
new deferred action for parents of U.S.
citizens and the many legal questions
that it raises that has generated turbulence that's spilled over to other issues.
For starters, this changes the dynamic
in Congress for the CR and other spending
bills. Republicans feel the President has
overreached his executive branch authority and want to defund the Executive
Action without shutting down the entire
government. It will be tricky and will
require scripted Republican Senate and
House moves in the 114th Congress to
execute. As such, there might be several spending bills next year which, in
turn, could create opportunities to defund
other controversial regulations.
In November, the Obama Administration
released its Fall Regulatory Agenda (as
required by statute), and the list of regulations that could harm SPFA members
and other employers just keeps getting
longer. Proposals from the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
alone are cause for serious concern.
Obviously, the biggest item on OSHA's
agenda is the revised silica standard
(Occupational Exposure to Crystalline
Silica) which, if finalized as proposed,
would be tremendously disruptive to
the construction industry and economy
as a whole. Assistant Labor Secretary
for OSHA, Dr. David Michaels, has said
that the silica rule will be done by the
end of the administration's second term
(January 2017). However, OSHA might
try to push the silica rule out the door by
the end of 2015 and it's very important
that Congress be prepared to stop the
rule sooner rather than later.
OSHA is also engaged in several revisions to its recordkeeping and reporting program. First is OSHA's new rule,
effective Jan.1, 2015, that changes the
reporting requirements for workplace
fatalities and hospitalizations. In a surprise to stakeholders, Dr. Michaels indicated in a conference call that all such
reports will be posted online.
Second is OSHA's proposed rule that
would require the electronic submission of injury and illness information,
which would be posted online, too. And
third is OSHA's previously proposed rule
that would add a column to the OSHA
300 Log for recording musculoskeletal
(ergonomic) disorders. o
Craig Brightup is chief executive officer
of The Brightup Group LLC, a government relations firm in Washington, D.C.
He has provided services for 18 different
organizations since 2009, including the
U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National
Roofing Contractors Association.
Perhaps the most controversial part of the
Executive Action is the expansion of
deferred action (deferring the threat of
deportation) for parents of U.S. citizens
or Lawful Permanent Residents..."
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of SPRAYFOAM Professional - Spring 2015
Executive Director’s Corner
Foam Business News
Industry by Design
Why I Support SPF
Energy Codes and the Benefits of SPF
Behind the Foam
SPF Industry Prepping for Code Changes in Sweden
How to Make Money and Have Fun Doing It
What You Need to Know Before You File in 2015
Tips on Spraying Foam – Are You Doing It Right?
Choosing the Right Strategy for Complex Construction Claims
10 Ways Your Company Can Use Instagram
Ask the Expert
Calendar of Events
Index of Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
SPRAYFOAM Professional - Spring 2015