For SOCMA and the specialty batch industry, the beginning of any new Administration is accompanied by both significant uncertainty as well as opportunity, and the beginning of the Trump Administration is certainly no exception.
The new Congress, too, will likely offer a very sympathetic ear on many of these same concerns. Already, we have engaged in the industry-supported effort on Capitol Hill to revoke the recently finalized Risk Management Program (RMP) final rule through the Congressional Review Act (CRA). On February 1, Representative Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), whose district includes a SOCMA member facility, introduced the CRA resolution of disapproval targeting the rule. The opportunity to reduce regulatory burdens and costs through advocacy with the Administration and on Capitol Hill is real, and SOCMA stands poised to take advantage of that.
In addition to focusing on regulatory reform, SOCMA’s 100 Day initiative also consists of outreach related to Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) implementation and trade issues. We will be visiting new members of Congress, as well as chairman and ranking members of key House and Senate committees to introduce the association and advocate for policies to help specialty manufacturers. We also look forward to developing relationships with new agency officials across the government as senior officials are confirmed and other senior slots are filled. The”100 Days” strategy culminates with SOCMA’s 10th Annual Washington Fly-In, April 25-26, when SOCMA members will meet face-to-face with members of Congress and their staff.
But we want to hear from you. As we enter the Trump era, what issues are most important to you? What are you most concerned about?