PHCC’s 2010 Legislative Conference to focus on small business issues

FALLS CHURCH, VA. — A little over a month after the passage of health care reform, members of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors — National Association (PHCC) from across the nation will gather for a Legislative Conference April 28-29 to convey PHCC’s small business, energy-conscious message to Congress.

Water and energy efficiency issues, funding for Career and Technical Education and the estate tax will be key issues brought up during visits on Capitol Hill.

To prepare for the meetings on the Hill, on Wednesday, April 28, participants will be taught how to effectively lobby lawmakers. Later that evening, they will travel from the host hotel, the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, Va., to Capitol Hill for a reception with members of Congress. Admission for this event is a $100 donation to PHCC’s political action committee (or free for members of the 535 Club).

Thursday will begin with a legislative breakfast, during which participants will hear legislators from both political parties discuss the political outlook for 2010 and address issues of importance to PHCC and member businesses. Afterwards, conference participants will meet with members of Congress, utilizing the lobbying skills they learned the previous day to convey key industry messages. The day will continue with a reception and debriefing, where attendees can share stories and information they gained from the Capitol Hill visits and then conclude with an optional Washington, D.C., monument tour.

To register for the Legislative Conference, visit the PHCC’s Web site.