Ok - hopefully we can keep this one from heading to the basement :whistling
As many of you know, NARI National has been reviewing the provision to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act proposed by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) which singles out the construction industry against every other industry to comply with the bill's employer mandates, unless the company has five (5) or fewer full-time employees.
In response to this unfair hardship on the construction industry, NARI has been carefully crafting a response on behalf of its members and related-industry partners. In a recent survey of NARI members, an overwhelming 96% opposed the new provision and therefore confirms NARI's position.
We are calling on NARI members and related-industry partners to help us have our voices be heard by faxing or e-mailing the letter below explaining the negative impact this provision will have on our businesses and our industry. We are asking that you address the letter to Senate Majority Leader Henry Reid (D-Nev.), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), House Majority Leader Steny (D-MD) Hoyer and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) in addition to your state representatives and senate leaders.
The bill is now being revised by both the House and the Senate, to forward to the president for signing before the State of the Union. We ask that everyone participate in this important event as soon as possible before the final decision is made. United as one, NARI members can make a difference.
William E. Carter
Download the letter as a Word Doc from the NARI Web site here.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) (202) 225-8259
Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) (202) 225-0704
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (202) 225-4300
Senate Majority Leader Henry Reid (D-Nev.) (202) 224-7327
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) (202) 224-2499
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January 15, 2010
The Honorable Harry Reid The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Majority Leader Speaker
United States Senate U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20510 Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Leader Reid and Speaker Pelosi:
On behalf of remodeling and construction business owners from every state in the nation, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is writing to express our views on one critical issue facing negotiators as they work to reconcile differences between the House-passed "Affordable Health Care for America Act" (H.R. 3962) and the Senate-passed "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" (H.R. 3590).
In an effort to mitigate the costs that will ultimately fall on the backs of the small remodeling and construction business owner community, NARI strongly urges you to strike this most exceptionally unfair provision in the bill while retaining and incorporating key provisions of importance to small employers.
Please strike and remove the following provision:
The recently-released December 2009 jobs report reinforces what so many in the construction industry already know: job loss is at historic levels. In December, 53,000 of the 85,000 jobs lost were in the construction industry. This narrowly-focused provision singles out one industry and excludes them from the small business exemption.
In an industry where the national unemployment rate is exceeding 22 percent, this is NOT the reform our nation's remodeling and construction industry needs or can afford. We strongly encourage you to support the removal of this arbitrary and onerous provision, as it will halt future job growth in the industry.
Thousands of small remodeling and construction firms, already struggling to survive, will face bankruptcy if this provision is signed into law.
We strongly urge the Senate to reconsider and pull this oppressive provision that threatens the viability of small home remodeling and construction businesses across the nation.
From the beginning of the healthcare reform debate, small business has been recognized as the constituency most in need of reform. Yet, as the legislative process enters its final phase, it is disappointing that for all the "lip service," small remodeling and construction businesses will be most harmed by this legislation. We urge you to keep small remodeling and construction business in mind by addressing the concern outlined above.
CC: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader John Boehner