WASHINGTON , May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Timing could not have been better for members of the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA), as two pieces of legislation considered high on SOCMA's priority list advanced in Congress during the association's annual Washington Fly-In, April 29- 30.
As dozens of specialty chemical industry executives met with their Congressmen and Senators, SOCMA member Dr. Beth Bosley, President of Boron Specialties, testified before the House Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy on a second draft of the Chemicals in Commerce Act, a bill to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Bosley's testimony is available here. Additionally, H.R.4007, the "Chemical Facility Anti Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Authorization and Accountability Act," a bipartisan bill to reauthorize and improve the CFATS program, which SOCMA supports, passed out of the House Homeland Security Committee and is on track for a vote on the House Floor.
"SOCMA frequently communicates with our membership about the importance of engaging Congress on issues that impact specialty chemical manufacturing, but when they are able to witness progress being made in Washington as they engage in the process, it sends the industry a more powerful message that our members do, indeed, make a difference," said Bill Allmond, SOCMA Vice President, Government and Public Relations. "We are pleased with the progress both initiatives are making in the House and hope our fly-in meetings this week help ensures continued advancement of CFATS reauthorization and TSCA reform," he said. "Both of these bills, in their own respective ways, help foster a competitive, yet safe, environment in which our member companies can continue to grow and innovate."
More than 40 SOCMA members traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with U.S. Senators, Representatives and their staffs. By Wednesday's end, SOCMA had completed nearly 130 meetings.
In addition to CFATS and TSCA reform, SOCMA members also advocated for passage of the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill, which is a compilation of duty suspension bills that help reduce manufacturing costs and avoid a $748 million tax hike over the next three years. Extension of the research and development tax credit, which expired at the end of 2013, was also a priority issue.
Visit the SOCMA Government Relations webpage for a full listing of 2014 policy priorities.
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