Never in a Million Years Dan Hilton, Director of Government Affairs, American Supply Association WHEN A NEW PRESIDENT IS ELECTED, millions of voters begin to hope that the work of the previous administration will be undone and all of the policies and promises on which their candidate campaigned will come to fruition. As history tells us, that’s only partially true. The phone and the pen, about which former President Obama ominously warned his opponents, have their limits. The reviled overtime rule was started with an executive order, but it was the months of work conducted afterwards by the Department of Labor that led to its writing as a binding rule, only to be challenged in the courts. The regulatory process is long, detailed and many times a runaway locomotive that appears unstoppable. While one would think that the president of the United States would have the authority to stop them in their tracks, the reality is they often do not, as is the case with many of the so-called midnight regulations that were rushed through last December and January. Something else to bear in mind, the idea that President Trump and his agencies simply don’t have to enforce the law, that much is true, but never forget the public’s ability to fight back. The previous two administrations give us a glimpse into what we may expect in the enforcement of laws and regulations. It’s essential to remember that items, such as the Affordable Care Act, are still the law of the land, and repeal will come with significant debate, not to mention a major fight in the Senate. Additionally, stakeholders across the country will have tools in their arsenal, most notably the courts. In 2006, the EPA was sued for lax enforcement of the Clean Air Act. A dozen states brought suit, going all the way to the Supreme Court, over the requirements in the law to regulate greenhouse gas emissions if it was determined that these emissions were determined to endanger public health. In fact, the states, joined by other special interest groups, sued the EPA in attempt to force the agency into rulemaking. Conversely, President Obama’s attorney general made the decision to “not defend” the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). But until the U.S. Supreme Court agreed in 2013, DOMA was still lawfully passed by Congress and signed into law by the president but not enforced by President Obama. Moving on to the Capitol, there’s something else favoring President Trump. There are about 11 Democratic senators up for reelection in two years and in states he won, ostensibly, by voters who may support those challenging the incumbent in 2018. These senators have a choice: stand and fight Trump’s agenda and risk the ire of the voters in two years, or reach across the aisle and work to improve the legislation as it is moving. First on deck, as reported, is addressing the Affordable Care Act, beginning with Never in a Million Years Dan Hilton, Director of Government Affairs, American Supply Association executive action where possible, second by repealing the existing law and third by replacing it. This will be a year’s long process to get it done right. Assuming the 52 Republicans stick together, eight or nine more votes will be needed to reach the magic number of 60 and to reset the state of healthcare in our country. Once again, this is a difficult challenge for senators in the opposition party as it’s both an opportunity to stand and fight or work together. Repeal is just one part of the two-step “repeal and replace” calculus. Republicans will likely need a long transition window to wind down the law as it works to implement a new one, creating as seamless a process for those dependent on the programs within the law. Who knew last fall we’d find ourselves in such a situation? The windows of opportunity are opening, and it’s up to us to leverage these openings, insert ourselves into this process and speak up for what’s important to our industry and our businesses. Every stakeholder with an interest in our government’s policies will have not just the ability but the responsibility to speak out and educate his/her elected officials on what matters to him/her. ASA is ready and looks forward to providing these tools and opportunities to shape public policy in 2017. Learn more: www.asa.net/Advocacy firstname.lastname@example.org | 630.467.0000, ext.110 ASA Addresses Issues that Impact the Industry Hugo Aguilar, P.E., Director of Codes & Standards, American Supply Association ON JAN. 3, 2017, ASA SUBMITTED PUBLIC COMMENTS to generate the 2018 edition of the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) and the 2018 Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC). The public comments submitted were discussed and reviewed by the ASA Codes and Standards (C&S) committee during a teleconference meeting on Nov. 7, 2016. The C&S committee is composed of experts in the HVAC, hydronics, plumbing and PVF industry. Members of the committee range from manufacturers to distributors located throughout the United States. One of the major issues discussed by the C&S committee relates to the sizing of the trap and trap arm for single- and multi-head standing showers. The current 2015 UPC (Table 702.1) requires a minimum 2 in. For the trap and trap-arm for single- or multihead showers. During the 2015 proposal meeting held in Denver, the UPC Technical Committee discussed and reviewed proposals submitted to the 2015 edition of the UPC. One of the proposals submitted revises the current requirement of 2 in. To 1 1/2 in. For the trap and trap-arm size for standing showers. The proposal achieved the necessary majority affirmative votes during the Technical Committee meeting but failed to achieve the necessary 2/3 affirmative during official balloting. There were arguments made by both sides. COMMITTEE MEMBERS WHO VOTED TO APPROVE the change to 1 1/2 in. Argue that opponents have never submitted valid statistical evidence that the smaller trap sizes have a higher rate of clogging or require more intensive efforts to remove the alleged clogs. The AWWA Residential End Use Study provides evidence that the vast majority of U.S. bathing uses a combination bath/shower fixture where the UPC requires only 1 1/2 in. Minimum. If a problem really existed, there would be overwhelming evidence from more than 85% of homes in the U.S. COMMITTEE MEMBERS WHO VOTED AGAINST the motion to change the size to 1 1/2 in. Argue that in a bathtub, neither a strainer nor a drain body comes into play, and that they will have different flow characteristics through the drain body than through a standpipe connected to the inlet of a p-trap. Others argue that many clogs and failures occurred despite the fact that the flow rate through the smaller trap is greater. The velocity through the trap is like “a ‘red herring’ – when servicing a shower or replacing a shower, the larger trap size is much easier to clear and more importantly is not likely to clog.” ASA’S C&S COMMITTEE DISCUSSED THE ABOVE ISSUES during its teleconference meeting and reached consensus to submit a public comment asking the UPC Technical Committee to allow a 1 1/2-in. Trap and trap-arm in the 2018 UPC. There were other plumbing topics discussed by the C&S committee, such as wall-hung fixtures, waste fittings, overflows and drainage connections to commercial dishwashing machines. The UMC topics discussed include flex ducts, factory-made air ducts and connectors, expansion tanks and materials for hydronic system piping, tubing and fittings. The C&S committee’s discussion materials, including all public comments submitted and meeting minutes, can be found on ASA’s website in the Codes and Standards section. Public comments submitted to the UPC and UMC will be discussed and addressed by the IAPMO UPC and UMC Technical Committees on May 1-5, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. ASA plans to be in attendance and feels privileged to participate in the code development process. Furthermore, the submission of the public comments by the C&S committee is an indication of the commitment and passion that exist amongst ASA members. As a whole, the industry should do its part to better the model codes by participating in the process. Learn more: www.asa.net/Codes-Standards email@example.com | 630.467.0000, ext. 112 Your Industry Calendar MONTH AFTER MONTH, the industry calendar is the most visited page on ASA’s website because all of our industry’s major events appear in one place. Convenience Wouldn’t you love to save time and download these events directly into your own calendar rather than add them manually? You can! Know Before You Go Make it a New Year’s resolution to visit regularly for updates and new events, especially before scheduling your organization’s meetings and events with minimal conflict. Updated Regularly This valuable resource is updated regularly with the events that you need to know about when updating your calendar and making plans to attend. If you feel we overlooked a major event, let us know with a quick phone call or email message. Plan to Be Here ASA’s Women in Industry Spring Conference April 26-28, 2017 Omni Austin (Texas) Hotel Downtown ASA’s Young Executives Spring Forum May 22-24, 2017 Hilton Cleveland Downtown NETWORK2017 Oct. 11-13, 2017 Omni Nashville Hotel NETWORK2018 Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2018 Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Learn more: www.asa.net/Calendar firstname.lastname@example.org| 630.467.0000, ext. 210 Value of NETWORK Continues to Expand PEER NETWORKING is one of the most valuable sources of insights any business leader can leverage to strengthen his or her business operations. Highly successful distributors continuously look to cultivate and grow their peer networks beyond traditional sources to find the next great ideas. And while numerous networking opportunities exist throughout the industry, none offer access to the greatest concentration of thought leaders as NETWORK2017. ASA’s annual NETWORK event on Oct. 11-13 in Nashville is the must-attend event for hundreds of distributors. Add to this the series of impactful education and general sessions from leading authorities, and it’s little wonder why this all-industry event has become the can’t miss program of the year. Mark your calendars, and plan to be in Nashville. Learn more: www.asa.net/NETWORK2017 NETWORK@asa.net | 630.467.0000, ext. 210 INNOVATION CORNER JANUARY, 2017 ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE Dirk Beveridge, UnleashWD DO YOU BELIEVE that anything is possible? I certainly do. I’m convinced that distributors need to inject an “Anything is Possible” mindset into their businesses as a new mantra while inspiring a new INNOVATION CORNER JANUARY, 2017 Dirk Beveridge, UnleashWD spirit of innovation. And vision is at the core of inspiring this spirit. What exactly is vision? Vision is best defined as a future reality that we really believe is possible with committed effort. Vision is where we say to ourselves, “Here’s where we are today as an organization. Here are our core competencies. Here’s what we do very well. Here are the things that are driving our profitability. Here’s what we do to create satisfied customers. We know that the world is changing. We know we have to think about disruption. We know that the future is going to be different, and this means our business will and must be different.” Vision is the ability to craft, articulate and communicate this future reality. It’s not about where you are today, but rather what your organization will become. Vision is necessary to kick-start your innovation and change your efforts. To further explore the power of vision, download our new essay, Anything Is Possible: Using the Power of Vision to Drive Innovation in Distribution. Learn more: www.theinnovationimperative.com 847.381.7797 ASA Announces 2017 Leadership Team Michael Adelizzi, CEO, American Supply Association In 2016, ASA conducted a member satisfaction survey, and the results are overwhelmingly positive. Members say they continue to receive more value from their support and participation in ASA programs, which is reflected in the extensive growth ASA has experienced in the past several years. More and more, distributors look to ASA to support their own growth and success in the future. At the heart of this success has been the association’s leadership of volunteers and staff, their sustained strategic planning initiative and unrelenting focus on long-term outcomes that will advance our industry. ASA’s new Executive Committee is supported by nearly 100 volunteer leaders who serve on various boards, councils, committees and task groups at all levels throughout the organization. Together, they are committed to strengthening ASA’s core value propositions, and in the year ahead, they’ll focus on expanding programs and services available to members. Learn more: www.asa.net/About-ASA email@example.com| 630.467.0000, ext. 201 CHAIRMAN Tim Milford Milford Supply Co. St. Louis, Mo. PRESIDENT Scott Robertson Robertson Heating Supply Co. Alliance, Ohio PRESIDENT-ELECT Brian Tuohey The Collins Companies East Windsor, Conn. TREASURER Steve Cook Northeastern Supply Baltimore, Md. SECRETARY Michael Adelizzi American Supply Association Itasca, Ill. VICE PRESIDENT / ASA EDUCATION FOUNDATION PRESIDENT Chris Fasano TORRCO Waterbury, Conn. VICE PRESIDENT Bob Christiansen Chris-More Memphis, Tenn. VICE PRESIDENT Brad Englert Ideal Supply Co. Las Vegas, Nev. VICE PRESIDENT Bill Glockner Hirsch Pipe & Supply Co. San Juan Capistrano, Calif. VICE PRESIDENT Jim Lewis Kohler Co. Kohler, Wis. VICE PRESIDENT Joe Maiale InSinkErator Racine, Wis.
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