Bulldozing Through Congressional Gridlock With a Construction Lobbyist
3 Examples of Ongoing Lobbying Efforts in the Construction Industry
Our country is divided, and no place is this more apparent than in Congress. Due to gridlock, Congress is failing to enact common-sense laws that would allow contractors to prosper in this industry. Furthermore, regulations that do manage to pass are often a hindrance to companies and their day-to-day operations. Below, we discuss how congressional gridlock is affecting the construction industry and what you can do about it. If you are interested in having your voice heard by Congress, consult a lobbyist from Cotney Construction Lobbying.
The “Do Nothing Congress”
The 116th United States Congress is “the current meeting of the legislative branch of the United States federal government.” Comprised of the Senate and House of Representatives, it is up to these 100 senators and 435 (currently 434) representatives to enact laws for the betterment of our great nation. However, that hasn’t been the case in recent years.
Simply put, Democrats control the House of Representatives while Republicans control the Senate. As long as we have a split congress, it will remain difficult, if not impossible, for laws that benefit the construction industry to pass both the House and Senate and end up on the desk of the President. By May of this year, the 116th Congress had passed only 17 laws — one of which ended the government shutdown earlier in the year. A chief cause is the current 60-vote filibuster that effectively makes legislature dead on arrival, resulting in the senate being commonly referred to as a “legislative graveyard.”
For our representatives to reach across the aisle, there must be a cause that everyone can get behind: the construction industry.
Something We Can All Agree On
Our roads, highways, and bridges are crumbling, and only the construction industry can stop it. Congress and the White House have agreed to spend $2 trillion dollars to address the current infrastructure crisis. At the time, Democratic leader Chuck Schumer stated, “The bottom line is this: If they’re not going to put real money and have real labor and environmental protections, we’re not going to get anywhere.”
It’s clear that the desire to properly fund the construction industry is there. What is lacking is education. Members of Congress lack the industry knowledge that only construction industry professionals with years of experience possess.
Partner With a Lobbyist to Educate Congress
Education is a key component of construction lobbying. By reaching out to members of congress and educating them on the challenges that face the construction industry, a lobbyist can effectively sway members of Congress to enact laws that better the industry. Don’t allow congressional gridlock to endanger the success of your business. Bulldoze through gridlock by partnering with a lobbyist from Cotney Construction Lobbying.
If you would like to speak with a construction industry advocate from Cotney Construction Lobbying, please contact us today.
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