1. COVID Relief Bill Fails in the Senate
On September 8, the Senate returned from the district work period and Senate Republican Leadership introduced a new COVID Relief amendment dubbed the “skinny” bill.
NECA’s Look Ahead: The bill was blocked by Senate Democrats in a 52-47 vote and did not proceed. NECA continues to work with both chambers to find a solution for the Phase IV relief bill to proceed forward along with funding the government before the end of September to avoid a government shutdown. A full summary of the Senate bill can be found here.
2. NECA Urges Congress to Reauthorize the FAST Act
On September 9, NECA sent a letter to Congressional leadership urging reauthorization of
Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST ACT) before it expires on September 30. This reauthorization is needed to secure funding for national infrastructure investment, including the Highway Trust Fund.
NECA’s Look Ahead: NECA will continue to monitor this issue as the September deadline approaches. We will be sure to keep contractors up to date on any information regarding this reauthorization and how it will impact the industry.
3. David Wasserman Announced as NECAPAC Speaker at NECA 2020 LIVE
NECAPAC donors are invited to a special exclusive session with David Wasserman, U.S. House editor and senior election analyst for “The Cook Political Report” and contributor to NBC News. This session will occur Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 4:15–5:15 p.m. ET as part of NECA 2020 LIVE.
Wasserman is renowned for his analysis of the current political environment and data-driven forecasting at both the local and national level.
NECA’s Look Ahead: With just one month to go before the 2020 election, politically active electrical contractors cannot afford to miss this special session with one of the top analytical minds in Washington, D.C. NECA members who contribute to NECAPAC in 2020 are eligible to attend. Stay tuned for additional details.