ASA Top Issues
ASA’s legislative and regulatory initiatives focus on those issues that specifically impact supply chain partners throughout the Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, and Piping (PHCP) and Industrial Pipe, Valves and Fittings (PVF) industry. These initiatives and the positions on the issues are updated and revised as needed on an ongoing basis.
Click here for a complete overview of ASA’s 2013 Legislative and Regulatory Agenda.
TAX & BUSINESS ISSUES
ASA supports federal tax and business policies that enable ASA members to operate productive and efficient businesses. Click here to read our policy.
ASA opposes repeal of the last-in, first-out (LIFO) method of accounting for inventory. Repeal will create serious tax liabilities for many ASA wholesalers and manufacturers. LIFO is a measurement tool widely used for accounting; it is not a preference in the tax code.
Accelerated Depreciation for Showrooms
ASA supports federal legislation which provides a statutory 15-year recovery period for qualified retail improvement property provided such legislation is applicable to supply house showrooms.
ASA supports legislation to repeal a sweeping new requirement on all government contracts that goes into effect in 2011.
Permanent Repeal of the Death Tax
ASA continues to support permanent repeal of the death tax, but recognizes that a compromise may be necessary.
Heath Care Reform
ASA supports legislation scaling back new taxs on health insurance, new mandates placed on employers as well as reasonable essentials benefits requirement.
Small Business Health Plans
ASA supports legislative to allow creation of federally regulated small business health plans (SBHPs), also known as association health plans (AHPs). These plans would make health insurance more affordable by spreading risk among a much larger group. The plans would also ensure that ASA members would be able to continue to provide health insurance to their employees.
Copper Theft Prevention Act
ASA supports S.394/H.R. 867 requiring the transactions between the sellers of copper and secondary metal recyclers to be documented and for penalties to be assessed for noncompliance.
ASA supports federal policies that allow employers and employees to work together.
Employee Free Choice Act, i.e. “Secret Ballot” or “Card Check”
ASA is an active part of the effort to ensure the continued right of American workers to freely choose whether or not to be represented by a labor organization.
Family & Medical Leave
ASA opposes legislation to require employers to provide seven days of paid sick leave annually for full-time workers.
WORKPLACE HEALTH & SAFETY
ASA recognizes the importance of worker health and safety.
ASA and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have formed an alliance to provide ASA members with information and access to training resources to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces.
ASA is dedicated to enactment of congressional legislation ensuring a fair resolution of the asbestos litigation crisis.
ASA continues to oppose unreasonable regulations that would harm small businesses by having to comply in a good-faith effort which can be overly technical while being difficult to find.
Occupational Injury and Illness Reporting
ASA opposes OSHA's proposal that would require employers to report with eight hours, all work-related fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations; and within 24 hours, all work-related amputations. The uncertainties placed on the employer; during a period when they are addressing employee safety is overly burdensome.
ENVIRONMENT, WATER CONSERVATION & ENERGY EFFICIENCY
ASA supports and promotes policies which will conserve our nation’s natural resources and protect our environment, including the promotion of water efficiency products through its voluntary public-private partnership in the USEPA’s WaterSense program.
Increasing our Energy Supply
As a key channel partner in the oil and gas industry, ASA strongly supports the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Our members take pride in helping to safely transport gases and liquids to the benefit of the American economy each and every day.
ASA supports legislation to adequately finance America’s drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. According to the EPA, CBO, and GAO, the projected shortfall in clean water infrastructure investment will approach $500 billion over the next two decades.
Appliance Efficiency Standards
ASA supports uniform efficiency standards for heating and cooling equipment. However, ASA opposes the recently enacted regional standards for residential heating and cooling products.
Lead in Plumbing Products
ASA opposes state and federal initiatives to reduce the lead content in plumbing products to such restrictive levels that manufacturers will not be able to comply as well as those with aggressive deadlines that do not allow for the normal turnover of existing inventories.