It can be safely said that 2016 has been a memorable year in Washington, D.C. Everything the experts knew about politics was turned upside down and inside out as the election results broke nearly every rule we have ever known.
The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) works daily to ensure electrical contractors (ECs) have every opportunity to stay on top of the issues that affect their businesses and to be directly in touch with their senators and representatives in Congress.
Last year proved to be busy in Washington, D.C. Our country witnessed one of the most productive legislative years on record. Let me put this in perspective—more laws were enacted in 2015 than in the first year of any two-year congressional term since 2009.
Few political conflicts are more emblematic of congressional dysfunction than the Keystone XL pipeline project. Its long-embattled and weary proposal pages have been batted around, and it’s become a figurative partisan line in the sand.
The incandescent “ban” has returned to the Congress floor. This time, Congress passed a $1.1 trillion funding bill that would keep the federal government operating until September 2015, but the bill carried various policy provisions that affect current and upcoming laws.
While many of us rang in the new year with a champagne toast, Washington lawmakers were busy at work attempting to iron out a deal that would prevent the nation from falling over the so-called “fiscal cliff,” a term used to refer to the combined Dec.