Letters and Testimony

Letters and Testimony

SMACNA Urges House to Support H.R. 447, The National Apprenticeship Act of 2021

SMACNA members know that investing in registered skill training is the only way to ensure long-term viability and growth for the nation's most important industries.  This is why SMACNA supports H.R. 8294, The National Apprenticeship Act of 2020, which will provide statutory authority for the Office of Apprenticeship (OA) within the Department of Labor.

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SMACNA Urges Congress to Support Tax Extenders

A collection of targeted tax provisions that expired in 2020, SMACNA would like to extend provisions, including 179D, offer building owners tax incentives to facilitate the retrofitting of existing commercial building indoor air quality ventilation and filtration systems.

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SMACNA Supports The American Nuclear Infrastructure Act of 2020 - S. 4897

In a letter to the Senate, SMACNA expressed its support for S. 4897, The American Nuclear Infrastructure Act of 2020.  Introduced by Senators Barrasso joined by Senators Whitehouse, Booker, Crapo, and Moore-Capito as original cosponsors. S. 4897 passed out of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee this week as amended with overwhelming support by a 16-5 demonstrating its strong bipartisan support.

Letters and Testimony Dec 02 2020

SMACNA Encourages Congress to Ensure Small Businesses Can Deduct Eligible Expenses

In the approved CARES Act, the PPP was designed to help small businesses survive major liquidity shortfalls, retain employees, and withstand an unprecedented economic disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, IRS notice 2020-32 undermines the PPP and creates severe challenges for small businesses by stating that normally deductible business expenses will not be deductible if the business pays the expense with a PPP loan that is subsequently forgiven. SMACNA members strongly endorse efforts to reverse this misguided IRS interoperation of the CARES Act.

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SMACNA Urges Senate Passage of H.R. 8294, The National Apprenticeship Act of 2020

SMACNA seeks statutory authority for the Office of Apprenticeship (OA) withing DOL. SMACNA members support the DOL registered apprenticeship program and Joint Apprenticeship Training Centers (JATCs).

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SMACNA Endorses H.R. 7079, The Clean Start: Back to Work Tax Credit Act

Though Congress included funds through expanded Small Business Administration (SBA) loans to businesses, SMACNA is concerned that the countless unanticipated safety, sanitation and health protocols for construction sites and firms can burden recovery from the economic downturn created by COVID-19. This oversight would be corrected if Congress passes H.R. 7079, The Clean Start: Back to Work Tax Credit Act.

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SMACNA Urges Senate to Support Small Business Paycheck Protection Program Reform Bills

Extending the loan forgiveness period for PPP loans would allow SMACNA businesses to use PPP loan funds to buy personal protective equipment for staff, and to pay for virus mitigation measures to comply with public health guidelines. Guidance is also sought for small business protections to keep workers connected to their jobs and to ease the financial burden on small businesses with regard to changing IRS guidelines.

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SMACNA Supports Bipartisan Reform Bills Allowing Deductible Expenses Related to PPP Loans - S. 3833

Though Congress included funds through expanded Small Business Administration (SBA) loans to businesses, in a recent letter to the Senate, SMACNA expressed its deep concern that the definitions put forth by regulatory

Letters and Testimony

SMACNA Supports Bipartisan Small Business Paycheck Protection Program Reform Bills - S. 3833, S. 361

In a letter to the U.S. Senate, SMACNA expressed its deep concern that the definitions put forth by regulatory agencies interpreting the legislation surrounding Small Business Administration (SBA) loans to small businesses do not expressly include the legislation’s original intent of flexible Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) terms for borrowers and lenders.

Letters and Testimony Jul 23 2020

SMACNA Encourages Senate Support for S. 4060, "The Open Back Better Act of 2020"

Extending the loan forgiveness period for PPP loans would allow SMACNA businesses to use PPP loan funds to buy personal protective equipment for staff, and to pay for virus mitigation measures to comply with public health guidelines. Guidance is also sought for small business protections to keep workers connected to their jobs and to ease the financial burden on small businesses with regard to changing IRS guidelines.