SMACNA joined with six other associations this week in supporting the American Innovation and Manufacturing Leadership Act, H.R. 5544. This proposed legislation was introduced by Reps. Paul Tonko (D-NY-20), Scott Peters (D-CA-52), Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21), and Pete Olson (R-TX-22) would implement a national phase down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), commonly used in refrigeration, air-conditioning, and other applications.
The six other associations who joined with SMACNA to send a letter to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of both the House Committee on Energy & Commerce and House Subcommittee on Environment & Climate Change included:
ACCA – Air Conditioning Contractors of America
AHRI – Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute
AMCA – Air Movement & Control Association
HARDI – Heating, Air- Conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International
PHCC – Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Contractors – National Association
NATE – North American Technician Excellence
Please read the letter that was sent here.
Recently, this proposed bipartisan legislation has come under heavy scrutiny from several Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. More detail on this development is available in this article from The Hill.
Additionally, SMACNA strongly supported the Senate version of this bill that was introduced in late 2019.
SMACNA remains committed to shoring up bipartisan support for this proposed legislation and will update members as accordingly of any new developments.