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Look here to see when Congress is in session in April.

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When congress is in session, the U.S. Government Publishing Office publishes the Congressional Record, the official record of proceedings and debate in the House and Senate.

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According to the most recent quarterly Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), nearly 90 percent of manufacturers surveyed are optimistic about the future, marking nine consecutive quarters of record optimism.

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Participate in NAFEM’s Data Protocol Subcommittee and Technical Liasion Committee meetings taking place May 20.  RSVP and suggest discussion topics by Monday, May 6 to Natalie Jarvis.

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Over the coming weeks and months, the USMCA Coalition will make the case for expeditious passage of the agreement to Congress. It also will work to educate the American public about the benefits of the new agreement. The effort harnesses the advocacy strength of a broad membership of companies, trade associations and chamber of commerce organization nationwide.

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To help continue to improve Advocacy Update, NAFEM recently conducted a readership survey. Here’s what you told us:

  • More than 98 percent find Advocacy Update somewhat or very useful;
  • More than 94 percent read some or all of Advocacy Update each month; and,
  • The What We’re Watching section spotlighting emerging issues and trends potentially impacting members is the most useful aspect of Advocacy Update.

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California’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) released another revised draft of its proposed indoor heat-related illness regulation. The draft regulation is the result of legislation passed in 2016 requiring Cal/OSHA to recommend a heat-related illness protocol for indoor workers by Jan. 1. The Agency’s work on this topic continues.

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The widespread use and waste disposal of PFAS has led to their finding their way into groundwater and drinking water. Already, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established a drinking water lifetime health advisory guideline for two of the most common PFAS compounds and several states have issued clean-up criteria and fish advisories. Now EPA has issued an action plan to evaluate maximum contaminant levels under the Safe Water Drinking Act, including adding certain PFAS compounds to the next Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule.

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice initiating a data collection process to consider whether to amend the test procedure for automatic commercial ice makers.

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