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ISSA Advocacy Weekly Recap—Trade Deal Delay

January 10, 2020 ISSA Advocacy Weekly Recap—Trade Deal Delay

Welcome to the ISSA Advocacy Weekly Recap, our regular roundup of the latest public policy issues impacting the cleaning industry. This week’s recap touches on the first-ever ISSA Clean Advocacy Summit, the likely delay of U.S. Senate passage of the new NAFTA , a White House veto threat for the PFAS Action Act, and more!

This Election Year Don’t Miss ISSA’s Clean Advocacy Summit
Get ahead of the legislative and regulatory curve by attending ISSA’s first-ever Clean Advocacy Summit on March 25-26, 2020 in Washington, DC, hosted in conjunction with National Cleaning Week! Receive an insider overview of the political landscape and public policy priorities for the full spectrum of the cleaning industry. Learn how to advocate effectively, network with your cleaning industry colleagues, and head to Capitol Hill to meet your congressional staff, share your stories with them, and make your voice heard on the issues important to your business. Register today as space is limited for this exclusive event!

U.S. Senate Passage of New NAFTA Likely Delayed
A full U.S. Senate vote on U.S. President Donald Trump’s rewritten North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will be put off until next week at the earliest, after the deal was referred to multiple committees for review, according to a Republican party aide. In addition to the Senate Finance Committee, the accord was also referred to six other panels that could take weeks to consider the agreement. ISSA has been an active member of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Coalition, a group of more than 400 U.S. companies and associations working to secure congressional approval of the trade agreement. Additionally, ISSA has signed on to numerous coalition letters, launched an email campaign in its Action Center, and attended coalition meetings urging Congress to pass USMCA.

White House Issues Veto Threat for PFAS Action Act
This week U.S. President Donald Trump indicated he would veto the PFAS Action Act of 2019 legislation designed to keep harmful chemicals out of groundwater should the legislation pass through the U.S. House and Senate. Sponsored by Michigan Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, the act is designed to reduce involuntary human exposure to PFAS, which are chemicals used in products like nonstick cookware and flame-retardant foams. PFAS are known as “forever chemicals” because they are not expelled from the human body once they are ingested.

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