The Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) released today a comprehensive legislative and regulatory policy agenda for 2012. As the American economy enters another year of high unemployment and slow growth, the housing market remains depressed and strong policy initiatives must be implemented in order to bring back the industry’s manufacturing and construction jobs, the announcement reads. WDMA has outlined a number of these policies that it says are top priorities of the door, window and skylight industry for the second session of the 112th Congress.

“This new year brings an election, but it should not bring the 112th Congress to a halt. America’s window, door and skylight manufacturers will support members of both houses and parties in moving legislation forward in this session in order to advance policies that will revive the residential and commercial construction markets, protect and enhance the global competitiveness of our manufacturing sector, and put more Americans back to work,” said Elaine Sagers, WDMA chair and vice president of marketing for Pella Corp. in Pella, Iowa. “WDMA’s 2012 National Policy Agenda is a declaration of our industry’s common goals and principles and the document contains a plan for sound legislative, regulatory and code policies which we believe will carry out those goals. We look forward to a productive dialogue with policymakers in Congress and the Administration so that many of the issues in this National Policy Agenda can be resolved before we welcome the 113th Congress.”

The 2012 WDMA National Policy Agenda is divided into eight different policy areas:

• Energy conservation;

• Building codes;

• Environmental stewardship;

• Building safety;

• Housing;

• Product supply;

• Tax and trade; and

• Workforce/ workplace.

 According to the announcement, WDMA 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 2012 National Policy 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, March 5-7 in Washington, D.C.

WDMA’s 2012 National Policy Agenda can be downloaded here.


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