Bob Reilly from Congressman Platt's office outlined upcoming Congressional issues for NWDA attendees.

Attendees of the Northeast Window and Door Association’s meeting this week were given a glimpse into the major issues facing Congress this year, and, most importantly, how to make their voices heard by legislators.

Likewise, Bob Reilly, deputy chief of staff for Pennsylvania Congressman Todd Platt (R-Pa.), commended the industry for getting its issues before legislators.

“The only reason we knew about the LRRP [lead rule] was due to you,” he said. “Daryl [Huber, outgoing NWDA president] was a bulldog on behalf of your industry.”

“We are aware of your issues because you make us aware of them,” he added.

He also mentioned the upcoming NWDA Spring Fly-In event (dates to be announced shortly) and encouraged members to participate, while also offering valuable advice.

“When these happen we are only going to take a few nuggets, so be focused on your most important issues,” said Reilly.

Reilly also addressed the need to cut spending drastically due to the massive federal deficit.

“Everything is on the table [as far as spending cuts],” said Reilly. “Voters sent a clear message that government is spending too much … Congress is coming from a deficit-reduction-first standpoint.”

According to Reilly, the concern his office hears about the most from voters is: cut your salaries, cut foreign aid and cut welfare.

“If you cut all that it comes to 1.1 percent,” said Reilly, demonstrating the enormity of the deficit and the major cuts that have to be made.

“Congress did reduce its own budget by 5 percent–$35 million,” he added. “It’s a start.”

Reilly also spoke of the frenzy that could ensue when major funding is cut.

“Wait until you see the firestorm when those cuts are announced,” he said. “Groups will be coming out saying how much it will affect their programs.”

But one issue that Reilly says is not going away is healthcare.

“The idea of a repeal isn’t going to happen,” he said. “This is not going away and will be an issue in this Congressional session.”


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