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Definition of “Waters of the United States” Under the Clean Water Act

On October 1, 2014 the Office of Advocacy (Advocacy) filed public comments with the Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, together the Agencies)  in response to the proposed rule “Definition of Waters of the United States under the Clean Water Act”.

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Congress to push Internet sales tax after midterm elections

Lawmakers have set up a lame-duck showdown over a long-stalled issue: whether to give states more authority to tax Internet sales. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) put the online sales tax legislation at the top of his priority list, when he shared his post-November to-do list before leaving Washington to campaign. 

“That is long, long overdue,” Reid said of the online sales tax bill, known as the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA). He said he’d do “whatever it takes to get that done.”

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South Wing Lobby is new location for NAEDA’s exhibit booth at GIE+EXPO 2014
The Dealer Resource Pavilion, co-sponsored by NAEDA, has a new location this year - in the South Wing Lobby.  This is where you will attend Bob Clements' free management classes, check in for tech training and meet your key suppliers.
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House votes to block EPA WOTUS rule

The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to block EPA's proposed rule defining waters of the United States, siding with farmers and business groups who have argued for months that the EPA rule amounts to regulatory overreach.

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Congress has left the building

Congress began its annual August recess at the end of July, with the House and Senate leaving town without coming to an agreement on annual appropriations measures or a continuing resolution to fund the federal government past the September 30 end of the fiscal year. When Congress returns to Washington September 8, legislators will have only a handful of legislative days to enact government funding measure and other “must-pass” legislation before breaking again at the beginning of October for the lead up to midterm elections.

Dealers are encourage to read the NAEDA issues published in the July/August issue of the Equipment Dealer Magazine and talk with your congressional representative and senators on these important issues while they are on their August recess. Your discussions could be the turning point we need to get the issues addressed this fall.

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EETC is pleased to announce the addition of Briggs & Stratton’s Training Kits and Curriculum

The Equipment & Engine Training Council is pleased to announce the addition of Briggs & Stratton’s Training Kits and Curriculum to the online EETC Education Resources Web Site. 
Tom Billigen, Briggs & Stratton Customer Education Training Manager, commented that, “the need for hands on, experience-based training is becoming increasingly important to schools and the communities they serve. Working with the EETC and its membership to provide that support makes sense.”

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House passes bill boosting write-off limits for capital purchases

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2014 -- The House passed legislation Thursday that would make permanent a tax provision that allows farmers and other small businesses to immediately write off up to $500,000 in equipment purchases such as combines and large tractors rather than follow a depreciation schedule.

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Videos explain Farm Bill

The American Farm Bureau Federation has launched a series of videos to help farmers and other stakeholders better understand provisions of the 2014 farm bill. The videos include a farm bill overview describing the basic provisions of the commodity title, including a description of the decisions related to the program participation that will need to be made by farmers and landowners.

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FDA defers the proposed animal feed rule

FDA's proposed rule on spent brewer and distiller grains used in animal feed as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has been postponed. The rule, as proposed, threatened to end the practice of feeding such grains to livestock. 

Under the rule, breweries would have been forced to dry, package, and inspect all food including spent grain used for cattle. But last week, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine Michael Taylor told breweries, feed manufacturers and livestock producers: “That, of course, would not make common sense.”

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Groups object to equipment pooling, LKE repeal in Senate Finance Tax Reform Plan

Eighteen state and national trade associations joined in a Feb. 25 letter to leaders of the Senate Finance Committee objecting to the committee’s proposal to create a new asset pooling system to depreciate business property and repeal like-kind exchange.

The letter to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who recently took over the committee’s chairmanship, and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) expressed support for tax reform that improves the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) for both corporations and pass-through entities and creates a tax environment conducive to economic growth and investment. However, the letter said the pool scheme, proposed in November 2013 (before Wyden took over the Finance Committee) would create unrealistically lengthy asset recovery periods for business assets that will negatively impact business cash flow and reduce economic growth and job creation.

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From the NAEDA Office

NAEDA Board Approves Changes To Committee and Council Structures Expanded opportunities for members to provide guidance on key issues.

At its recent meeting in St. Louis, the NAEDA Board of Directors approved sweeping changes to the structure of the association’s committees and councils. The changes are intended to encourage greater participation at the national level and offer enhanced opportunity for members to provide input on policies, strategies and key issues fundamental to their success.

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