Sheet metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association

Advocacy

SMACNA advocates tirelessly on behalf of its signatory sheet metal and air conditioning contractors.  Learn about the policies and issues that impact our members, and how you can get involved.

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SMACNA Advocates for the Industry

SMACNA takes a strong leadership role on Capitol Hill. The association provides the resources needed to stay on top of industry issues in the nation’s capital. This includes a legislative office just two blocks from the U.S. Senate. 

SMACNA leaders and members know that Congress must balance many competing interests.  The Capitol Hill Office works to shape federal policy that benefits SMACNA and its members, ensuring industry issues and potential impacts are understood when policy solutions are negotiated.  


Latest News


October 8, 2019

Capitol Hill Update: SMACNA Endorsed Energy Efficiency, CHP/WHP Credits; 179D Gaining Momentum

SMACNA has joined with energy efficiency allies and advanced a letter to both the House and Senate tax committee leaders.

August 29, 2019

Rep. LaHood Attends 2019 Specialty Contractor Association Legislative Roundtable

On Monday, August 26, Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL-18) joined SMACNA's Stan Kolbe and Jessica Newbold of IMSCA along with several local SMACNA member contractors and other invited industry guests at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 1 Joint Training Center in Morton, Illinois.

August 28, 2019

Capitol Hill Update: Multiemployer Plan Pensions

As previously reported in a SMACNA Alert, on July 24 the House of Representatives passed H.R. 397 the so-called Butch Lewis Act that would establish a gov-ernment funded Pension Rehabilitation Trust Fund to provide loans to failing plans that many experts think may never be repaid.

August 28, 2019

Rep. Joyce Discusses Infrastructure, Projects with Cleveland SMAC PAC members

On Wednesday, July 31, Representative David Joyce (R-Ohio) met with Cleveland Chapter SMAC PAC members and guests in Cleveland. This SMAC PAC-supported event was held at Cleveland’s Progressive Field Stadium.

August 7, 2019

PBGC Set to Run Out of Money by 2025 Without Changes

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) recently reported that the Multiemployer Insurance Program will run out of money by the end of fiscal year 2025.

July 25, 2019

House Passes Pension Rescue Bill

On July 24, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 397, which would establish a government funded Pension Rehabilitation Trust Fund for failing multiemployer pension plans.

July 25, 2019

Rep. LaHood Meets with SMACNA Members at Wrigley Field PAC Event

On Saturday July 20, Representative Darin LaHood (R-IL 18) met with SMACNA members in Chicago, IL. This official PAC event was held at historic Wrigley Field.

July 24, 2019

House Expected to Pass Pension Rescue Bill: What That Means for Composite Plans

Both Committees have passed H.R. 397, which would establish a government funded Pension Rehabilitation Trust Fund for failing multiemployer pension plans. The bill is now ready for House Floor action.

July 3, 2019

ALERT: DOL Issues Proposed Rule Establishing Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs

SMACNA issued a call to action on July 2, 2019 for members to share their comments with the Department of Labor during the 60-day comment period.