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Capitol Hill Update: SMACNA Boosts Political Action Committee Reform

Apr 30, 2018

Capitol Dome 250SMACNA’s Capitol Hill staff has reached out to every member in the U.S. House of Representatives to urge them to co-sponsor The Prior Approval Reform Act (H.R. 2101). This piece of legislation would repeal the Federal Election Campaign Act’s “prior approval” requirement for corporate members of trade association political action committees (PACs).

SMACNA holds that prior approval requirements treat associations like SMACNA (and the coalition of 115 associations referred to as the Prior Approval Reform Coalition [PARC]) unfairly by making political action committees like SMAC PAC the only category of political committee that must first obtain exclusive permission from member corporations before soliciting eligible employees for support.

The coalition has stressed that the “prior approval” requirement serves no substantive purpose and that no other class of political action committee nor political entity (including corporate, labor union, and individual membership association PACs), is subject to this requirement.

SMACNA recently helped boost co-sponsorship of the bill by 16 co-sponsors. The bill was introduced by Rep. Mark Amodei (R-2nd-Nev.).

Change order reform advances in the House

The Small Business Payment for Performance Act (H.R. 2594), is a critical change order payment initiative long advocated by SMACNA contractors. This bill has been championed by a bipartisan team of House members leading the Small Business Committee’s consideration of contracting issues.

As recently reported from the Small Business Committee as amended, H.R. 2594 would make long overdue reforms advocated by SMACNA and small business federal contractors to quickly and fairly resolve change order disputes.

The legislation would allow contractors to submit a Request for Equitable Adjustment (REA) or a project contract fee adjustment to the agency approving a change order to a project’s original design or scope. The bill is nearing a House vote this spring with Senate action anticipated by summer.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-8th-Pa.) and co-sponsored by Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D- 7th-Fla.), Rep. Stephen Knight (R-25th-Calif.), Rep. Yvette Clark (D-9th-N.Y.) and others.

SMACNA members can show their support for both these bills by contacting their legislators on SMACNA’s Take Action webpage, www.smacna.org/advocacy/take-action.