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NCA’s Washington Weekly Update 3-27-23

Situational Awareness
The House and Senate are both in session this week. The House will consider legislation to reform energy policy. The Senate will continue debate on a bill that repeals the authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) that has been predicate for military intervention in the Persian Gulf for more than 20 years. A final vote is expected later this week.

NCA Signs Letter Opposing PRO Act
Last week, NCA signed onto a letter to Congress opposing the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. The letter was signed by 99 other organizations and highlighted reasons the organizations opposed its adoption. Among the provisions NCA objects to are limiting workers’ rights to secret ballot elections, inhibiting free speech, requiring employers to share personal information of their employees without permission from those employees and eliminating right-to-work protections nationwide. Based on the NCA Board-approved policy agenda, NCA has opposed the PRO Act in the past and will continue to support efforts to prevent its consideration in Congress.

Michigan Repeals Right to Work
The state of Michigan adopted a right to work law in 2012 and last week, its legislature voted to repeal the law. It’s the first state to do so since 1965. Right to work laws affirm the right of individuals to work without being compelled to join or belong to a union as a condition of employment and have been adopted in 26 states.

House Readies Energy Package
House Republicans are putting the final touches on energy legislation that has earned first billing as H.R. 1 in the House. The legislation’s aim is to counter moves the Biden administration has taken that they claim have depressed production and increased bureaucratic red tape leading to higher costs for consumers and businesses. The bill will include provisions designed to accelerate federal permitting for energy production, infrastructure and forestry. Typically, the Speaker of the House is given discretion to reserve the first 10 bills introduced in Congress for their party’s top priorities. The House Rules Committee will meet today to adopt a rule for its consideration in the House this week.

Take the NCA D&I Club Survey
NCA recently sent the NCA D&I Committee Club Survey to gather information on clubs’ D&I experiences in order to develop additional resources for NCA club members. If you have not yet already filled the survey out for your club, please consider doing so. The survey takes about 5 minuets to complete and participants have the option of entering a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card ((if you choose to enter the drawing, your contact information will be kept separate from your responses to survey questions). Take the D&I survey here.

Gov’t Relations Webcast Moved to 3/30
Last week’s Government Relations in a Divided Government webcast has moved to Thursday, March 30 at 2 p.m. ET. NCA President & CEO Joe Trauger and NCA Governement Relations Committee Chair Rob Smith will discuss their expectations for legislative activity that could affect the private club community and will also look over the horizon to see what regulatory moves we might expect from the remainder of the Biden administration’s first term. Register here.