WDMA Releases 2012 National Policy Agenda for the Window, Door and Skylight Industry
January 18, 2012

The Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) of Washington, D.C., released a comprehensive legislative and regulatory policy agenda for 2012 on January 17.

As the American economy enters another year of high unemployment and slow growth, the housing market remains depressed and strong policy initiatives must be implemented in order to bring back the industry's manufacturing and construction jobs, according to the release. WDMA officials outlined a number of these policies as top priorities of the door, window and skylight industry for the second session of the 112th Congress.

"This new year brings an election, but it should not bring the 112th Congress to a halt," says Elaine Sagers, WDMA chair and vice president of marketing for Pella Corp. in Pella, Iowa, in the release. "America's window, door and skylight manufacturers will support members of both houses and parties in moving legislation forward in this session in order to advance policies that will revive the residential and commercial construction markets, protect and enhance the global competitiveness of our manufacturing sector, and put more Americans back to work. … We look forward to a productive dialogue with policymakers in Congress and the administration so that many of the issues in this national policy agenda can be resolved before we welcome the 113th Congress."

The 2012 WDMA National Policy Agenda is divided into eight different policy areas:

  • Energy conservation;
  • Building codes;
  • Environmental stewardship;
  • Building safety;
  • Housing;
  • Product supply;
  • Tax and trade; and
  • Workforce/workplace.

The policy agenda will be distributed to all members of Congress and key administration officials and will be used during WDMA members' visits with their elected representatives during the WDMA Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference, March 5-7, in Washington, D.C.

WDMA's 2012 National Policy Agenda can be downloaded here.

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