Jessica Johnson Bennett has been named government relations director for Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors, Falls Church, VA.
Ms. Bennett has a background in issues related to small business, construction, trade, labor and energy-related issues. Prior to joining PHCC, Johnson Bennett served as director of government affairs for the Mason Contractors of America (MCAA). There, she handled issues related to small business and the construction industry, and managed the MCAA’s political action committee (PAC), and PAC fundraising activities.
Bennett says 2008 could see some favorable small business legislative activity.
“Candidates in both parties are talking about the plight of the small business owner, and how small businesses are in need of some type of assistance from the federal government to keep the small family-owned business solvent,” Bennett says. “And since small business issues tend to be non-controversial, this may be a year in which we can get some things pushed through congress, or placed on the radar screen, such as a bipartisan compromise on the estate tax amendments.”
PHCC celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2008, and Bennett says the association is gearing up for some special recognition.
“We’re in the process of getting a presidential proclamation, and a congressional resolution that will designate April 27 to May 3 as National Plumbing Industry Week, to bring some attention to the PHC industry, and the role it plays in American’s everyday lives,” Bennett says.
Other issues Bennett and PHCC hope to champion for members will be related to energy efficiency and water conservation.
“I hope we can be the ‘go-to’ organization on Capitol Hill when they start to write legislation, implement new procedures, and look at new technologies for water conservation and energy efficiency,” Bennett says.
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