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


November 21, 2019

Senators Release Multiemployer Pension Reform Proposal

Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Senate HELP Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) released their comprehensive pension reform proposal.

November 20, 2019

SMACNA Member Speaks Directly to U.S. House Staff

Dennis O’Brien, President, Wm. J. Donovan Co., in Philadelphia, addressed the impact misclassification of employees by unethical business owners has on lawful employers at a U.S. House of Representatives staff briefing.

November 7, 2019

SMAC PAC Hosted Event at World Series

When the recent World Series between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros shifted over to Washington, D.C., SMAC PAC was able to hold fundraising events for Representatives Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH-16) and Mike Bost (R-IL-12) at Nationals Park.

October 31, 2019

SMAC PAC Hosts Event for Rep. Reschenthaler

Representative Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA-14) recently joined SMAC PAC for an event at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C during Game 4 of the National League Championship Series between the Nationals and the Cardinals.

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.