2009 Masonry Legislative Conference Creates Momentum
Thanks to the momentum generated by the MCAA Fly-In last month, the MCAA’s federal affairs team, The Keelen Group, has been working on the 3% withholding legislation and life-cycle costing in the MilCon appropriations bill.
The 3% withholding bill has been introduced in the House (H.R. 275) by Congressmen Kendrick Meek (FL) and Wally Herger (CA), and already has 52 cosponsors. Thirty-five cosponsors have joined the bill since the MCAA congressional visits occurred. The bill has been introduced in the Senate (S. 292) by Senator Arlen Specter (PA) and has eight cosponsors. The Keelen Group will work with the sponsors of these bills to garner more support and work on a legislative strategy to move the bill. The MCAA will distribute letters of support and direct member contact.
We are working with Senator Mark Pryor (AR) and his staff on possible solutions to ensure that life-cycle costing is considered in military construction projects. The MCAA has pushed this effort in various states across the country, and, with The Keelen Group, will continue to work with Congress on a solution to this issue.
Additionally, our team will continue tracking and analyzing immigration, health care, tax, and pension reform efforts, so that the MCAA is prepared to fight for favorable provisions for the masonry industry. The Fly-In provided critical momentum for the MCAA, and we must remain active to position ourselves for legislative success.
Matthew B. Keelen, CEO and president of The Keelen Group, and Michael J. Falencki, COO and VP of policy, operate a government relations/lobbying, consulting and strategic services practice in Washington, D.C.
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