Midwest Block’s Wilhelms talks housing market, masonry check-off on Capitol Hill

Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee; CP staff

Testifying on behalf of NCMA at a U.S. House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade hearing, Mark Wilhelms of Jefferson City, Mo.-based Midwest Block & Brick Inc., reminded federal lawmakers of the importance of a healthy housing market on employment levels and gross domestic product, and requested their support of the recently introduced (HR 1563) Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education, and Promotion Act of 2013.

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Bipartisan House team matches Senate masonry check-off legislation

Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association; Library of Congress

Representatives Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Kathy Castor (D-FL) have introduced the Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education and Promotion Act of 2013 (H.R. 1563), identical to legislation (S.429) Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) unveiled in February.

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Senators revisit national concrete masonry check-off proposal

Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; CP staff

Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Roy Blount (R-MO) have brought the 113th Congress legislation enabling concrete masonry producers to pursue development of a national check-off program, where an assessment per unit sold would support industry research, education, and promotion.

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