October 31, 2014

With Congressional elections on the calendar for Tuesday and the power of the Senate at a possible tipping point, the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association offered its take on political matchups here at the 2014 ProDealer Industry Summit.

Ben Gann, the NLBMDA’s VP legislative and political affairs, pointed to top lumberyard industry issues for 2015 and spelled out where the various elections stand.

April 1, 2014

Arlington, Va. -- In a hotel conference room here filled with pro dealers about to make their lobbying rounds on Capitol Hill, the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association's Jonathan Paine and Ben Gann rallied the troops.

April 8, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lumberyard owners and suppliers focused on three wide-ranging front-burner regulatory and legislative issues during the 2013 Legislative Conference here in the nation's capitol.

Reform of the Environmental Protection Agency's lead paint rule was among the three high-priority items, along with preservation of the mortgage interest deduction and creation of online sales tax parity.

March 20, 2013

At the NLBMDA Legislative Conference and on Capitol Hill, dealers tackle taxes, deductions and regulations.

November 2, 2012

By Ben Gann, Director of legislative affairs, NLBMDA

A combination of expiring tax cuts, automatic spending cuts and a need to raise the debt ceiling at the beginning of 2013 has led the United States on the verge of a “fiscal cliff.” Congress is unlikely to address the issue until after the November elections, creating more uncertainty in an already sluggish economy.

September 27, 2012

By Ben Gann, Director of legislative affairs, NLBMDA

August 29, 2012

By Ben Gann, director of legislative affairs, NLBMDA

On Aug. 2, by a 19-5 vote, the Senate Committee on Finance approved legislation to continue dozens of expired or soon-to-expire tax breaks known as “tax extenders” through 2013, including the residential energy efficiency (25C) tax credit. The proposal was not supported by five of the committee’s 11 Republicans.

August 1, 2012

By Ben Gann, director of legislative affairs, NLBMDA

The Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act reforms the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) rule by restoring the opt-out clause and suspending the rule if the EPA cannot approve a commercially available test kit that meets the regulation’s requirements.

August 31, 2011

Ben Gann took over his role as the National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) director of legislative affairs and grassroots activities last month. Here’s his first HCN Q&A:

HCN: What are the key issues you’re pushing right now?

August 9, 2011

The National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) has announced the appointment of Ben Gann as its new director of legislative affairs and grassroots activities. Gann will be responsible for coordinating the NLBMDA's activities on Capitol Hill and managing the association's grassroots network.

Gann previously served as director of government relations for the National Utility Contractors Association and prior to that owned his own political consulting firm.