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April 7, 2014

The continuing debate over the minimum wage law is one that disproportionately affects retailers. That doesn't mean all retailers see it the same way.

Leadeing the charge against federal raises is the National Retail Federation. The advocacy group has published statement after statement urging Congress to stand down to the push for higher wages.

February 5, 2014

The National Association of Home Builders formally praised the House and Senate on Tuesday for passing the Farm Bill, which maintains the USDA's maps defining rural areas and helps millions of Americans maintain access to rural housing programs.

December 10, 2013

NASHVILLE, TENN. — Like most of us, Alan Clark worries about the direction of legislation and politics. Like few of us, he got himself elected to the Arkansas state senate.

Clark, the VP and chief operating officer of two-unit Clark Lumber Co. in Hot Springs, Ark., is also the state’s senator for the 13th district. He was part of a wave of recent Republican party victories in Bill Clinton’s backyard. Clark’s legislative class has the first Republican majority in the Arkansas state legislature in 138 years.

October 17, 2013

The National Retail Federation (NRF) has followed up its previous statements regarding the government shutdown with a critique of the bipartisan deal reached late last night by the Senate and the House.

April 23, 2013

The nation’s largest retail association applauded a Senate vote to proceed with debate on S.743, an act to level the sales tax field for online and brick-and-mortar stores.

The nation’s largest retail association applauded a Senate vote to proceed with debate on S.743, an act to level the sales tax field for online and brick-and-mortar stores.

The National Retail Federation today issued the following statement from president and CEO Matthew Shay: “NRF applauds today’s Senate vote on the Marketplace Fairness Act, and we commend Senators Enzi, Durbin, Alexander and Heitkamp for their skilled leadership in moving this legislation ahead.



March 7, 2013

The Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act of 2013 was introduced in the senate Wednesday night -- a step toward easing the burden on lumberyards.

The Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act of 2013 was introduced in the senate Wednesday night -- a step toward easing the burden on lumberyards. 

Legislation was introduced last night in the U.S. Senate that would reform the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) Rule.

July 5, 2012

A law that would require an change in the design of table saws to prevent amputations and other injuries passed a committee vote in the California State Senate on July 3, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times. 

April 27, 2012

On the legality of healthcare reform

“Small businesses need healthcare reform to lower costs. If Obamacare is thrown out, something needs to replace it. Romney needs to address what he would replace it with.

“Responsible small businesses offer health care to their employees. The current system keeps increasing costs at double digits each year. That cannot last.”
— Dick Wegner
Portland, Ore.

March 2, 2012

A new bill that would modify the EPA’s lead paint rule has been introduced into the Senate, promising regulatory relief to professional painters and remodelers. S.2148, the "Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments of 2012," was introduced on March 1 by Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), the ranking member on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

August 31, 2011

The damage done by the mountain pine beetle to the forests in British Columbia has received much attention, given the billions of dollars already lost to this pernicious pest. But Dendroctonus ponderosae knows no borders, and now the western United States is grappling with the same epidemic. The pine beetle has spread to Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Colorado. 


August 2, 2011

EPA lead rule suffers setback

“There is no need for a better ‘test kit,’ as highly reliable and affordable X-Ray Fluorescence technology has been in use for decades. There are many consultants who have XRF machines, and lead inspections are inexpensive. XRF testing produces no damage, while ‘test kits’ and chip sampling involves producing widely scattered damage (12 to 15 sample locations for a typical room in a house).


June 14, 2011

Are banks and credit card companies charging too much for debit transactions? Here's what we heard:

June 8, 2011

Retail associations are celebrating the defeat of a measure that would have delayed new rules governing "swipe fees" for certain card transactions at the retail point of sale.

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association was among those applauding the defeat of a proposal by Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Sen. Bob Corker (R.-Tenn.).

April 5, 2011

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) praised the actions of the United States Senate for passing the crucial 1099 Repeal Legislation. The Senate passed H.R.4, the Comprehensive 1099 Taxpayer Protection and Repayment of Exchange Subsidy Overpayments Act without changing anything in the House-passed bill. 

The bill now goes to the desk of President Obama.

March 31, 2011

One of the lessons of legislative lobbying is this: If you’re not in front of lawmakers with your message, somebody else is. 


Operating under that theory, and armed with position papers and talking points, lumberyard executives and members of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) descended on the halls of power in Washington, D.C., last month for the group’s annual Legislative Conference, parts of which were co-hosted with the Windows and Doors Manufacturers Association (WDMA). 


February 1, 2011

With the elections over and the Republicans having gained the majority in the House and having made significant gains in the Senate, many in Washington have witnessed a change in the tone of legislative activity. 


December 5, 2010

An action alert issued Monday by the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA)...

November 30, 2010

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) expressed disappointment again today at the...

November 7, 2010

A witness in the trial of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich has been arrested for...

October 31, 2010

In the literal sense, a lame duck is a fowl unable to keep up with...

October 27, 2010

In the literal sense, a lame duck is a fowl unable to keep up with...

October 3, 2010

“As our founding fathers intended, the Senate will perform its role as the ‘cooling saucer,’...

December 14, 2008

It’s the housing market, stupid....

November 10, 2008

Denver -- STAFDA president Rick Peterson hammered away at the “Employee Free Choice Act” and...

October 19, 2008

When Newt Gingrich strode up to the podium to kick off the ProDealer Industry Summit...