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Apr 2018
Get Ready for the 2018 Vinyl Industry Congressional Fly-in

Join us for the 2018 Vinyl Industry Congressional Fly-in.

The fly-in takes place on June 19-20 and is your opportunity to meet with your elected officials on Capitol Hill to advance the key issues impacting your business and the vinyl industry. This year, we’re focusing on:

  • Regulation Reform: The Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmentally Preferred Purchasing (EPP) program and policies, often driven by vinyl competitors and non-governmental organizations, are harmful and affect the ability of the U.S. vinyl manufacturing industry to thrive.
     
  • International Trade: U.S. vinyl resin manufacturers are net exporters with America’s largest trading partners, contributing to an industry surplus with Canada, Mexico, and China. U.S. vinyl resin exports account for approximately 35 percent of total sales, and the number is expected to grow by more than 30 percent by 2019. The administration and Congress must carefully consider these factors as they work to renegotiate trade deals.
     
  • Water Infrastructure: Corrosion costs the nation over $50 billion annually; since January 2000, the financial impact of corrosion on U.S. water and sewer infrastructure is more than $700 billion and climbing. Historical local and state procurement specifications do not always allow contractors to consider installing non-corrosive, durable PVC pipe.
     
  • Housing: We applaud the new administration’s commitment to ease overregulation, yet we remain concerned that policymakers could threaten our nation’s longstanding commitment to homeownership and homebuilding. More stringent credit standards and the possibility of ending federal support could keep millions of families from homeownership. In addition, we need a skilled, capable workforce to meet housing demand.

Join us in Washington, DC, to speak with your congressional representatives about these and other issues impacting our industry and your business.

Meet the Administration

Shake Hands with the Vice President 

The Vinyl Institute (VI) has extended an invitation to Vice President Mike Pence to stop by and greet colleagues from across the vinyl value chain. This is a great opportunity to build stronger relationships with the administration and help them to understand the contributions of our industry.

VI has also invited Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator, Scott Pruitt, to speak with this year’s attendees. Mr. Pruitt will discuss responsible regulations and how he is refocusing the EPA on its core mission of protecting human health and the environment. His overarching goal is to lead the EPA in a way that our future generations inherit a better and healthier environment.

Registration for the 2018 Vinyl Industry Congressional Fly-in is now open.