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THE ROLE OF COMMITTEES
Most work on Capitol Hill is done through committees,
and the changing numbers will not only shift committee
leadership in the House, but could also make it easier for
lawmakers to advance legislation.
"On the House side, it is a new day. With Democrats
controlling the House, they're taking over leadership of the
committees. Some of those have oversight of regulatory
agencies," said Jeff Leiter, ILMA's general counsel.
On the Senate side, Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., retained
his role as majority leader, and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has
remained the minority leader. "In the Senate, the Republicans - with 53 votes - only need to get seven Democrats
to break a filibuster instead of 10. You have a situation there
on judicial nominees, for example, where the Republicans
could afford to lose a Lisa Murkowski and a Susan Collins,"
Leiter said. "They only need 50 votes to get something
passed, assuming the vice president is the tiebreaker."
Leiter expects to see more House oversight of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initiatives. "One of the
things that [House Majority Leader] Nancy Pelosi committed to is to bring back a select committee on climate
change," he said, adding that the primary purpose of the
select committee is to spotlight climate change issues, but it
isn't expected to draft legislation. "It is safe to assume a lot
of the progressive bills the House wants to pass won't see the
light of day in the Senate," Leiter said.
INDUSTRY PRIORITIES AND EXPECTATIONS
Ogburn said the Association will continue advocating on
behalf of the industry and getting ahead of issues. ILMA will
conduct its advocacy survey to identify its top priorities, and
Alfano expects them to remain consistent.
"Our members have expressed concern with health care,"
Alfano said, "and we continue to work on that issue. That
is one where I don't see a lot of movement from Congress.
That will be a big challenge for us."
Leiter said infrastructure also remains a top priority for
ILMA, as it helps manufacturers get product to market
and infrastructure projects typically use lubricants. Leiter
noted that the fuel tax hasn't changed since 1993. He said
Schumer and Pelosi have said they'll work with the president on infrastructure issues but will have climate change
provisions in the legislation.
While there is a lot of talk about infrastructure, Alfano
said Democrats and Republicans are far apart on the issues,
which might make it difficult to get legislation through
Congress. "There is no plan on the table to pay for it. Until
we have that, there won't be change," she said.
Alfano expects to see increased investigations of the
Trump administration on the Democrat side. "With Adam
Since the Democrats control the
House, whatever regulatory
issues the Trump administration wants
to get through will be blocked at every
turn, whether [the regulatory
changes] are good or not."
Mike Ogburn, corporate program manager,
August Mack Environmental Inc.
Schiff taking over on the House Intelligence Committee and
calling in [those like former FBI Director] James Comey, we
are going to see a much more aggressive investigation into
the Trump administration," she said. "It will create some
headaches, and people will get weary of it."
Jay Timmons, CEO of the National Association of
Manufacturers (NAM), said NAM will continue to work
with the new Congress on issues ranging from infrastructure
investment and regulatory relief to workforce development
and trade policy.
"Manufacturers will continue to use our unique platform
to bring Congress together around the manufacturing
agenda and to reunite our country around those four
foundational principles that make our nation exceptional:
free enterprise, competitiveness, individual liberty and equal
opportunity," Timmons said.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ILMA Compoundings – February 2019
Letter From the Ceo
What’s Coming Up
In the Know
The Future Is Now
Gf-6 Challenges Ahead
ILMA Compoundings – February 2019 - Cover1
ILMA Compoundings – February 2019 - Cover2
ILMA Compoundings – February 2019 - 1
ILMA Compoundings – February 2019 - 2
ILMA Compoundings – February 2019 - Letter From the Ceo
ILMA Compoundings – February 2019 - Inside Ilma
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ILMA Compoundings – February 2019 - What’s Coming Up
ILMA Compoundings – February 2019 - New Members
ILMA Compoundings – February 2019 - Industry Rundown
ILMA Compoundings – February 2019 - In the Know
ILMA Compoundings – February 2019 - International Insight
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ILMA Compoundings – February 2019 - Market Report
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ILMA Compoundings – February 2019 - The Future Is Now
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ILMA Compoundings – February 2019 - Moving Forward
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ILMA Compoundings – February 2019 - Gf-6 Challenges Ahead
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ILMA Compoundings – February 2019 - Counsel Compound
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ILMA Compoundings – February 2019 - Washington Landscape
ILMA Compoundings – February 2019 - Member Connections
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ILMA Compoundings – February 2019 - Portrait
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