<p>1. On April 11, 2018, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) <a href="">announced</a> that he would retire from the House of Representatives at the end of his term. &nbsp;This announcement comes after a <a href="">long list of retirements and resignations</a> in the House, Senate, and administration.<br />
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<p><strong>NECA&rsquo;s Look Ahead</strong>: <br />
The constant turnover of Members and administration officials is having drastic effects on this year&rsquo;s legislative agenda. Earlier this month, D.J. Gribbin, special assistant to the president for infrastructure policy, announced his resignation. With his departure from the administration, along with the number of lame duck members on the Transportation and Infrastructure committee, the chances for a massive infrastructure bill this year are thrown into question.</p>
<p>2. This week, Federal agency executives signed a <a href="">memorandum of understanding</a> of President Donald Trump&rsquo;s <a href="">Executive Order 13807</a>, <em>Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure</em>.</p>
<p><strong>NECA&rsquo;s Look Ahead</strong>: <br />
NECA commends the President for issuing this executive order and for the agency Secretaries committing to streamline the review process for infrastructure projects. This accomplished a long sought after NECA priority for the quick review of permitting.</p>
<p>3. The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) <a href="">released a brief policy statement</a> regarding its insights into the review process for multiemployer plans who offer proposals for alternative terms and conditions in an attempt to satisfy withdrawal liability. While the policy statement remained broad in its suggestions, the statement welcomed those plans who offered terms that better-served the plans solvency and the multiemployer community as a whole.<br />
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<strong>NECA&rsquo;s Look Ahead:<br />
</strong>With the PBGC drastically underfunded, NECA continues to monitor any and all communications that are distributed regarding policies for safeguarding our contractors. In particular, NECA recognizes that the nature of unfunded pension liabilities currently stunts the growth of our industry and burdens our contractors with risk. With that said, we continue to suggest and encourage any efforts to limit and curtail the growing issue.&nbsp;</p>