PHCC National Association Report by Dr. Gerry Kennedy, Executive Vice President

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  • Heard on the Hill.  So often before an election, much is discussed about the potential makeup of Congress in terms of political parties.  Little is discussed about the Committee leadership races on Capitol Hill.  Committees on Capitol Hill are where the “rubber hits the road” in the legislative process.  Success on Capitol Hill is always about maintaining strong relationships with committee chairpersons and members.  Eleven House committees will have new chairpersons next year including: Oversight and Government Reform; Intelligence; Veterans’ Affairs; Education and the Workforce; Ways and Means; Budget; Natural Resources; Armed Services; Agriculture; Ethics; and Small Business.  The House Small Business Committee is an extremely important deliberative body for PHCC.  PHCC friend and current committee chairman, Congressman Sam Graves (R-MO), is stepping down as chairman.  The front runner for the next chairman of this committee is Congressman Steve Chabot (R-OH).  This why PHCC invited Congressman Chabot to address PHCC members at the 2014 Legislative Conference.  PHCC National will keep members informed as to how committee races play out.
  • Air Conditioning Rule Making Continues. Today, PHCC ‘s Vice President of Technical and Code Services, Chuck White, is again participating in a meeting with representatives of the U.S. Department of Energy and industry stakeholders to complete work on rules for the enforcement of the air conditioning regional standards slated to go into effect on January 1, 2015.  As soon as this process is complete and the final rules are available for publication, PHCC will include that information in this report and in PHCC Online.  The information will also be posted on the PHCC website and presented in a webinar.  It is important to note that Chuck is the only contractor participating in these meetings and the only person in the room who has installed or serviced an air conditioner in the field.  Thank you Chuck!