Congress finally reached an agreement on a $1.15 trillion omnibus appropriations bill and an almost $700 million tax package.
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) examines the new legislation and what it means for Remodelers.
Included in the measure were three energy efficiency provisions that NARI has supported throughout the year: (1) 25C for improvements made to existing homes; (2) 45L for the construction of energy efficient new homes, and; (3) 179D the energy efficient commercial buildings deduction.
In order to make it easier to get Democratic votes, Congress dropped nearly all appropriations riders--including the Silica rider.
Despite overwhelming pressure from the construction industry, Members of the Appropriations Committee did not include the Silica rider in the FY 16 Omnibus Appropriations bill. The absence of this rider increases the likelihood that OSHA will go ahead and finalize the Silica rule in February 2016.