WDMA Releases 2013 National Policy Agenda

January 15th, 2013 by DWM Magazine

The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) released its comprehensive legislative and regulatory policy agenda for 2013. As the U.S. economy continues its gradual recovery, the association has outlined a number of policies that are top priorities for the door, window and skylight industry that will aid in the recovery of the housing and construction industry and support continued job creation.

“Manufacturers are trying to ramp up their factories again, but policymakers need to know that overly-burdensome regulations and continued uncertainty about the fiscal priorities of Congress and the Administration continue to threaten the burgeoning economic recovery,” says Ann Duebner, vice president of sales and administration for Eggers Industries in Two Rivers, Wis., and WDMA chairperson. “Our members have laid out proposals that will boost national energy efficiency, promote smart tax policy and support quality manufacturing jobs in our communities.”

The agenda is divided into eight different policy areas:

• Energy Conservation;

• Building Codes;

• Environmental Stewardship;

• Building Safety;

• Housing & Economic Policy;

• Tax Policy;

• Product Supply and Trade; and

• Workforce/Workplace

The WDMA says it looks forward to working with policymakers to support fiscally sound policies that will spur job creation, and to undo or mitigate the effects of recent actions that overly burden manufacturers with more red tape and costly federal rules and regulations. The agenda will be distributed to all members of Congress and key Administration officials and will be used during WDMA members’ visits with their elected representatives during the WDMA Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference on March 18-20 in Washington, DC.

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