U.S. Federal Issues

Federal issues and legislation related to the Mechanical Insulators LMCT

US Federal Issues

The Federal Government has three separate branches: judicial, legislative and executive. The legislative branch is run by Senators and Representatives tasked with representing the needs of their constituents. The Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT) maintains a political presence to advocate for the needs of our national membership. 

Legislation is drafted, introduced, debated, voted on, and eventually signed into law (or enacted). Mechanical insulation impacts a large swath of the U.S. industry.

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The following legislation has been introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives and placed into a committee:

  • Federal Mechanical Insulation Act of 2023  (H.R. 4663)

    This bill will advance federal energy efficiencies, save tax dollars and reduce energy loss and emissions for the approximately 350,000 federal buildings in the U.S. It will also add an important audit metric for regulators to include when assessing federal buildings’ measure of Mechanical Insulation efficiencies.
  • Mechanical Insulation Installation Incentive Act of 2023 (H.R. 6104)

    The legislation will create jobs for those who work in the Mechanical Insulation industry and promote energy efficiency by significantly reducing U.S. energy consumption by promoting better Mechanical Insulation installation across the country.

Mechanical Insulation in Federal Policy

EPA Asbestos Risk Evaluation

The Biden Administration's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will continue work to implement the updated 2016 Toxic Substance Control Act.

Mesothelioma Patient Registry bill (H.R. 1824 in previous Congress)

Once this bill is reintroduced, it will propose the creation of a federal mesothelioma patient registry.    

NABTU Building Trades Legislative Work

In addition to our federal advocacy work to promote the legislative priorities of both our Insulators Union and our affiliated contractors, we are also active to promote the legislative priorities that benefit all NABTU building trades affiliate unions.

Union Construction Labor Standards

We work to ensure federal construction funding and programs contain Davis-Bacon Prevailing Wage coverage. One of the policy challenges that we have encountered is to include labor standards into the federal tax law, so all government funding, either direct federal grant programs or tax incentives, contain labor standards.

Labor Standards and Clean Energy

The LMCT worked with NABTU affiliates in support of a U.S. House letter to encourage the support of building trades labor standards in future clean energy tax credits legislation.