Advocacy

BIA works diligently to actualize part of the Association’s Mission Statement (to both promote and safeguard the industry) in defending the clay brick industry.  BIA does this thru analysis of various issues, as well as practical programs to advocate for the brick industry position.  This work is guided by BIA’s Government Affairs and Compliance committee, chaired by Brad Belden of The Belden Brick Company.

Support Current Actions

To help ensure that the voice of the brick industry is heard by lawmakers on Capitol Hill and in state capitals, everyone – regardless of membership status - can help!  Advocate for your industry, your beliefs or even your own economic interests by supporting the activities that have real consequences on our industry.

SUPPORT WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT LEGISLATION IN CONGRESS
The DRIVE Safe Act would enable trucking companies to boost the number of drivers able to do interstate routes. In this way, enactment would assist BIA in improving the supply chain by providing some relief to the shortage of truckers. 

BIA Urges members to write to their Congressman/woman and Senators to urge that they co-sponsor the DRIVE Safe Act, in hopes that it can gain support.  The most logical vehicle for passage appears to be via attachment to an infrastructure bill currently being debated. 

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OPPOSE TAX INCREASES
As we prime our national economy for a sharp recovery period, as many economists have acknowledged is probably after unprecedented federal assistance during the pandemic, Congress should shelve major tax policy changes.    

A recent study commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers and conducted by renowned economists from Rice University found that corporate tax increases would have a negative effect on the economy over the next 10 years. The study, which leveraged economic models relied on by Congress, predicts higher taxes will equal fewer jobs and smaller national growth. Now is not the time for tax increases! 

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OPPOSE HARMFUL LEGISLATION IN TN
HB.0749 & S.0631 are bills similar to those we have defeated in other states, such as Indiana, and which are powered by strong, national special interest groups who are seeking to cheapen the construction design standards for residential dwellings across the country. The bills, if enacted, would strip local authorities of their control over local zoning codes. Local zoning regulations and neighborhood design aesthetics should be controlled by local stakeholders and not state elected officials in Nashville. If enacted, the legislation would lower property values, decrease public safety and a lower quality of life for homeowners in Tennessee. 

Ensure your state representatives vote for local control and urge them to VOTE NO on HB. 0749 & S. 0631. 

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OPPOSE THE PRO ACT OF 2021
The PRO Act of 2021, if enacted into law, would rewrite the nation's historical labor law practices and, in so doing, jeopardize the economic recovery from COVID-19. 

Specifically, the bill would tighten federal definitions of a joint employer and independent contractor in such a way that it would expose the construction industry to enormous liabilities and doom to failure many legitimate small business and self-employed arrangements. The bill would also permit the National Labor Relations Board to undemocratically overturn a secret ballot election which rejected unionization in certain scenarios and force employees to contribute “fair-share” union dues, lessening workers take-home pay.

Tell your U.S. Senators to support economic recovery and urge them to VOTE NO on the PRO Act of 2021.

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HELP US OPPOSE INDIANA HB1114
HB 1114 is a power grab by strong, national special interest groups who are seeking to cheapen the construction design standards for residential dwellings in Indiana in an effort to pad their own bottom line. The bill, if enacted, would strip local authorities of their control over local zoning codes. Decisions regarding our neighborhoods should be made at the local level not by state government leaders in Indianapolis.

If enacted, the bill would lower property values, decrease public safety and a lower quality of life for homeowners in Indiana. It would also have a negative effect on the state's economy and it's small businesses.

Ensure your state representatives vote for local control and urge them to VOTE NO on HB 1114

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