NAEDA In Washington This Week
Dealers, affiliate association executives and NAEDA staff are in Washington this week for NAEDA’s 12th Annual Fly-in. Congressional visits are planned to cover issues important to dealers in the U.S. and Canada. Briefings and discussions will be on regulatory reform, tax reform, trade, infrastructure and funding needs. Watch for reports about the results of the Fly-in in future Updates.
Groups Jockeying To Shape EPA Water Rule
More than 100 advocates representing dozens of industry groups, companies and environmental organizations are flocking to the White House in a last-ditch effort to influence controversial regulations that would redefine the reach of the federal government’s water pollution enforcement. The Hill
10 Months Later, Congress Poised To Patch Highway Fund Again
McClatchy reports that, “Lawmakers appear to be moving toward another short-term extension of the federal program that supports state highway and transit projects only 10 months after they enacted the last one. And they’re no closer than they were last year to reaching consensus on a longer-term measure that would last five or six years, something the states need to plan their projects. The current authorization for the highway trust fund expires on May 31. Congress will not be in session next week because of the Memorial Day holiday. If lawmakers don’t act this week, payments to states for their transportation projects will simply cease.” McClatchy
McConnell Vows To Pass Trade Bill
The Hill reports that, “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday vowed to pass fast-track trade legislation before the Memorial Day recess, brushing aside calls for a prolonged floor debate on amendments. ‘I want to be very clear … the Senate will finish its work on trade this week, and we will remain in session as long as it takes to do so,’ the Kentucky Republican said on the Senate floor. McConnell is facing a severe time crunch, with the holiday recess coming ahead of the June 1 deadline for reauthorizing highway funding and Patriot Act provisions that are used by the National Security Agency to collect phone records. The legislative traffic jam has prompted some Democrats to call for delaying the trade legislation until June - an outcome that would delight liberal groups that are working to defeat it.” The Hill
GIE+Expo Features Free Sessions with Bob Clements, Dealer Summit sponsored by NAEDA
Louisville, KY - Dealers looking for ways to improve efficiency and profitability will find seminars with compelling content, technician training on advanced and basic tracks, panel discussions with best-practice tips and networking at GIE+EXPO (Green Industry & Equipment Expo). Registration is now open at www.gie-expo.com. Read more here.
Congress Should Pass Long-Term Highway Funding Bill
Trucking Moves America Forward co-chairman Kevin Burch writes in an op-ed for Roll Call on the need for Congress to pass a long-term highway funding bill, arguing that the failure to do so “has already created challenges for many in the trucking industry, leading to delivery delays due to the unaddressed issue of congestion, higher fuel and labor costs and more maintenance headaches from potholed roads.” According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Burch says, “congested roads total an estimated $100 billion per year in wasted time and fuel.” Roll Call
Kubota Tractor & Credit Corporations Announce Corporate Headquarters Relocation to Grapevine, Texas
TORRANCE, Calif.--Kubota Tractor Corporation (KTC) and Kubota Credit Corporation (KCC) announced today that they will relocate their headquarters to Grapevine, Texas. Both companies are U.S. subsidiaries of Kubota Corporation, based in Osaka, Japan, and have been planning for increased efficiencies on the heels of recent expansions and an aggressive growth strategy. The move will affect about 180 employees and is expected to happen within the next 18 months. Kubota
NAEDA Signs On To Senate Letter On TPA
As member of the Trade Benefits America Coalition, NAEDA agreed to add their name to a senate letter to express strong support for the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA-2015). The letter urges senators to vote for this important legislation. The letter acknowledges the bipartisan leadership in the Senate, the significant movement on this legislation and the hope it will pass prior to the Memorial Day recess. A copy of the draft letter can be read here.
Discussions Continue On Trans-Pacific Partnership
U.S. President Barack Obama could have chosen any of hundreds of corporate offices as the backdrop for his highest-profile speech on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the massive 12-country trade deal opposed by his usual progressive allies. The Star
Canada Plans Retaliation Against U.S. After WTO Meat Ruling
May 18 Canada plans to seek permission to retaliate against U.S. imports after a World Trade Organization ruling that U.S. meat labeling laws are discriminatory, Canadian Trade Minister Ed Fast and Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said on Monday. Reuters
NAEDA Solicits Board Member Nominations
Members of the North American Equipment Dealers Association are being asked to submit nominations for consideration as a board member. A healthy organization requires contested, vibrant elections, so dealer members are asked to consider adding their name to a ballot that will be voted on by member dealers later this fall. It’s a wonderful opportunity to help guide the national organization’s continued success, growth and development.
Member dealers who are interested in submitting their nomination for the board of directors are encouraged to review the “Board of Directors Election Guide” and complete the online “Candidate Nomination Form”. Once the nomination form is received, NAEDA staff will contact each candidate to follow-up on their nomination and answer any questions about serving on the NAEDA Board of Directors.
Board membership and your NAEDA membership will make you part of an elite group of industry leaders who are dedicated to the building the best business environment for equipment dealers worldwide. Please complete the Candidate Nomination Form as soon as you can to join this elite group.
NAEDA Industry Relations Taskforce Meetings
NAEDA’s Industry Relations Task Force will meet with AGCO on June 4th and with John Deere on June 18th. Dealers are encouraged to contact NAEDA, a member of the IRTF or their affiliate association with any issues they might have prior to the meetings. Members of the IRTF can be found here.
KPA Free Webinar: How Hot is Too Hot?
Recognizing and Treating Heat Illnesses - Thursday May 21, 2015, 11:00am Central Time
The summer is coming, which means that your employees are at increased risk for heat illness. Heat is the number one weather related killer; are you prepared to educate and protect your employees? Join KPA expert, Claudia Reynolds, as she covers all of the nuances of heat illness. Claudia will discuss:
- Types of heat illness
- Body temperature regulation
- Individuals with increased risk
- Heat illness treatment
- Heat prevention lesson plans
- What to do in an emergency
Register now to save your employees this summer!