NCMA: House and Senate Reintroduce Authorizing Legislation
February 14, 2017: (Herndon, VA) -- Identical versions of the Concrete Masonry Products Research Education and Promotion Act of 2017 have been reintroduced into both the US Senate (as S374) and the US House of Representatives (as HR1046).
The bills, sponsored respectively by Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Bill Foster (D-FL) and by Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL), are also identical to the version passed by a wide margin with support from both parties by the House of Representatives in November of 2016.
The legislation would authorize the concrete masonry industry to conduct a referendum of concrete block manufacturers on the creation of a commodity checkoff program that would operate in a manner similar to those programs that are currently authorized for other commodities, including other construction materials. Pooled industry funds would be used to support research, education, and promotion to the benefit of all parties involved in the manufacture and sale of concrete block.
U.S. House approves Concrete Masonry Products Promotion Act
NOVEMBER 14, 2016: (Herndon, VA) -- On the opening day of the lame duck session of the 114 th Congress, the U.S. House of Representatives has approved HR 985, the Concrete Masonry Products, Research, Education and Promotion Act of 2015 by a vote of 355 to 38.
The legislation provides authorization for the concrete masonry industry to pursue the creation of an industry-wide commodity check-off program. Such programs have successfully enabled other industries to pool resources to support market development efforts related to the commodity products that they produce.
“The attributes of concrete masonry are well suited to constructing modern, high-performing buildings. A concrete masonry check-off program will simply enable our industry to better organize to promote those values to the marketplace,” said NCMA Chairman of the Board Patrick Sauter of Kings Material LLC. “This is an important step in achieving the necessary authorization for the program before we can present the program for final approval by the concrete masonry manufacturing companies operating in America.”
Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) sponsored the bill and were successful in compiling an impressive co-sponsor list of 247 House representatives that was balanced with nearly equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans. The co-sponsor list was indicative of active grassroots effort on behalf of the concrete masonry industry, which has small manufacturing plants in every state in the country and in most congressional districts.