How We Advocate for You
Government Affairs Committee
Our Government Affairs Committee meets every month to discuss topics and issues relevant to our members. We recently coordinated with state representatives for the 2021 Texas Construction Association Virtual Walk the Capitol and the 2020 NUCA National Virtual Washington Summit. We want to hear from you, and you do not need to be a member to join our meetings with representatives.
We are happy to report at the start of 2021
𝐀𝐏𝐏𝐑𝐎𝐕𝐄𝐃: H.R. 133: Expanded PPP Eligibility and Simplified PPP Loan Forgiveness
𝐀𝐏𝐏𝐑𝐎𝐕𝐄𝐃: $7 Billion For Community Broadband Deployment.
𝐀𝐏𝐏𝐑𝐎𝐕𝐄𝐃: Extension of CARES Act Resources For Another Year
𝐀𝐏𝐏𝐑𝐎𝐕𝐄𝐃: Water Resources Development Act (WRDA)
𝐀𝐏𝐏𝐑𝐎𝐕𝐄𝐃: Improved Pipeline Safety Requirements.
Our state-level focus remains on:
Infrastructure Funding as part of the upcoming budget.
SB 621 and failure to pass the Sunset legislation for the State Board of Plumbing Examiners.
Texas’s expired plumbing regulations.
86R 7851: Exemption from the plumbing licensing law for plumbing work performed on certain private property.
Municipality participation in utility locates.
Industry Workforce: Work permits for the Hispanic population in the utility industry.
We are here to help your company be successful, and an important part of that is helping to make your voice heard, locally and nationally. If you wish to join the Government Affairs Committee or to share an issue that matters to you, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
National Priority Issues
NUCA Government Relations is dedicated to improving the business environment for utility and excavation contractors nationwide. NUCA employs lobbying and grassroots advocacy to measurably impact legislation and regulation to benefit our members, industry, and businesses.
July 29, 2020
The House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure unanimously passed today the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act of 2020 (HR 7575). The bill authorizes the construction of several major U.S. Corps of Engineers projects around the nation and unlocks about $10 billion in federal funding. The bill is strongly supported by NUCA.
July 14, 2020
The EPA announced that it is making up to $6 billion available to support WIFIA critical water infrastructure projects. For the first time, the program will provide funding expressly to states.
HR 2 Passes
June 29, 2020
The House's massive $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill, "Moving Forward Act" (HR 2), was approved on July 1 on a 233-188 vote. NUCA strongly supported several sections of the bill, which among other provisions authorizes badly needed funding for water, wastewater, and stormwater systems. While the House bill faces an uncertain future in the Senate, HR 2's provisions help set the funding levels that may be sought in a future House-Senate conference committee seeking a final infrastructure bill. President Trump has stated he will not sign HR 2 as it stands.
NUCA proudly represents our members in Washington, D.C. To amplify our message and influence, NUCA is an active member of several coalitions and business associations with whom we share common interests and goals. We leverage their influence for our members' benefit.
In 2020, NUCA is an active member of these industry coalitions and business associations: