Earlier this month, building material dealers from across the country converged on Capitol Hill during the NLBMDA Legislative Conference to personally seek support from members of Congress for issues important to the industry, including liability relief, health care reform, and permanent repeal of the death tax. The face-to-face contacts with business owners and their elected representatives help educate legislators about the industry and will likely result in positive legislative changes that will benefit all companies in our industry.

The conference also provided an opportunity for participants to recognize those members of Congress who have consistently supported our industry. Each year, NLBMDA compiles a congressional scorecard that grades federal legislators based on their voting record on our industry's priority issues. The 2005 scorecard included votes on landmark class action lawsuit and bankruptcy reforms, transportation funding, health care reform, and repeal of the “Byrd Amendment” trade law, which was a primary impediment to resolving the U.S.-Canada softwood lumber dispute. For 2005, NLBMDA congratulated 14 U.S. Senators and 162 members of the House of Representatives for achieving perfect 100 percent scores on NLBMDA priority issues. If your member was on the list, consider sending him or her a brief thank-you note for their support of the building supply industry. You can find out how your representatives scored by visiting our advocacy action center at www.buildthevote.org, and use our easy tools to send an e-mail directly from the site.

Join NLBMDA in thanking our 2005 Champions of America's Building Suppliers Senators:

Murkowski (R-Alaska)Allard (R-Colo.)
Lugar (R-Ind.)
Grassley (R-Iowa)
Roberts (R-Kan.)
McConnell (R-Ky.)
Bond (R-Mo.)
Hagel (R-Neb.)
Ensign (R-Nev.)
Inhofe (R-Okla.)
Chafee (R-R.I.)
Alexander (R-Tenn.)
Frist (R-Tenn.)
Thomas (R-Wyo.)


Aderholt (R-Ala.)Bachus (R-Ala.)
Bonner (R-Ala.)
Everett (R-Ala.)
Rogers (R-Ala.)
Franks (R-Ariz.)
Hayworth (R-Ariz.)
Kolbe (R-Ariz.)
Renzi (R-Ariz.)
Boozman (R-Ark.)
Bono (R-Calif.)
Calvert (R-Calif.)
Dreier (R-Calif.)
Gallegly (R-Calif.)
Herger (R-Calif.)
Hunter (R-Calif.)
Issa (R-Calif.)
Lewis (R-Calif.)
Lungren (R-Calif.)
McKeon (R-Calif.)
Miller (R-Calif.)
Nunes (R-Calif.)
Pombo (R-Calif.)
Radanovich (R-Calif.)
Rohrabacher (R-Calif.)
Royce (R-Calif.)
Thomas (R-Calif.)
Beauprez (R-Colo.)
Hefley (R-Colo.)
Musgrave (R-Colo.)
Tancredo (R-Colo.)
Bilirakis (R-Fla.)
Crenshaw (R-Fla.)
Keller (R-Fla.)
Mica (R-Fla.)
Miller (R-Fla.)
Putnam (R-Fla.)
Stearns (R-Fla.)
Young (R-Fla.)
Deal (R-Ga.)
Gingrey (R-Ga.)
Kingston (R-Ga.)
Linder (R-Ga.)
Norwood (R-Ga.)
Price (R-Ga.)
Westmoreland (R-Ga.)
Simpson (R-Idaho)
Hastert (R-Ill.)
Hyde (R-Ill.)
Shimkus (R-Ill.)
Weller (R-Ill.)
Burton (R-Ind.)
Buyer (R-Ind.)
Chocola (R-Ind.)
Hostettler (R-Ind.)
Pence (R-Ind.)
Sodrel (R-Ind.)
Souder (R-Ind.)
Latham (R-Iowa)
Nussle (R-Iowa)
Moran (R-Kan.)
Ryun (R-Kan.)
Tiahrt (R-Kan.)
Davis (R-Ky.)
Lewis (R-Ky.)
Northup (R-Ky.)
Whitfield (R-Ky.)
Alexander (R-La.)
Baker (R-La.)
Boustany (R-La.)
Jindal (R-La.)
McCrery (R-La.)
Bartlett (R-Md.)
Camp (R-Mich.)
Hoekstra (R-Mich.)
Knollenberg (R-Mich.)
McCotter (R-Mich.)
Miller (R-Mich.)
Rogers (R-Mich.)
Gutknecht (R-Minn.)
Kennedy (R-Minn.)
Kline (R-Minn.)
Pickering (R-Miss.)
Wicker (R-Miss.)
Akin (R-Mo.)
Emerson (R-Mo.)
Hulshof (R-Mo.)
Rehberg (R-Mont.)
Fortenberry (R-Neb.)
Osborne (R-Neb.)
Porter (R-Nev.)
Garrett (R-N.J.)
Pearce (R-N.M.)
Fossella (R-N.Y.)
King (R-N.Y.)
Kulh (R-N.Y.)
Reynolds (R-N.Y.)
Coble (R-N.C.)
Foxx (R-N.C.)
Hayes (R-N.C.)
McHenry (R-N.C.)
Myrick (R-N.C.)
Taylor (R-N.C.)
Boehner (R-Ohio)
Chabot (R-Ohio)
Pryce (R-Ohio)
Regula (R-Ohio)
Schmidt (R-Ohio)
Tiberi (R-Ohio)
Turner (R-Ohio)
Cole (R-Okla.)
Istook (R-Okla.)
Lucas (R-Okla.)
Sullivan (R-Okla.)
Walden (R-Ore.)
Dent (R-Pa.)
English (R-Pa.)
Hart (R-Pa.)
Murphy (R-Pa.)
Peterson (R-Pa.)
Pitts (R-Pa.)
Sherwood (R-Pa.)
Shuster (R-Pa.)
Barrett (R-S.C.)
Brown (R-S.C.)
Inglis (R-S.C.)
Wilson (R-S.C.)
Blackburn (R-Tenn.)
Duncan (R-Tenn.)
Jenkins (R-Tenn.)
Wamp (R-Tenn.)
Barton (R-Texas)
Bonilla (R-Texas)
Brady (R-Texas)
Burgess (R-Texas)
Carter (R-Texas)
Conaway (R-Texas)
Gohmert (R-Texas)
Granger (R-Texas)
Hensarling (R-Texas)
Johnson (R-Texas)
Marchant (R-Texas)
McCaul (R-Texas)
Neugebauer (R-Texas)
Poe (R-Texas)
Sessions (R-Texas)
Smith (R-Texas)
Bishop (R-Utah)
Cannon (R-Utah)
Cantor (R-Va.)
Davis (R-Va.)
Drake (R-Va.)
Forbes (R-Va.)
Goode (R-Va.)
Goodlatte (R-Va.)
Hastings (R-Wash.)
McMorris (R-Wash.)
Capito (R-W.V.)
Green (R-Wis.)
Petri (R-Wis.)
Ryan (R-Wis.)
Cubin (R-Wyo.)

NLBMDA The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association represents more than 8,000 lumber and building material companies with more than 500,000 employees, 20 state and regional associations, and the industry's leading manufacturers and service providers. NLBMDA's member companies are the suppliers of builders in every state across the U.S.

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