Earlier this month, the Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) hosted their annual fly-in, bringing nearly 100 members in Washington, D.C. Over the course of the event, more than 100 HARDI members and staff conducted approximately 200 meetings with congressional offices on Capitol Hill.
The HARDI Fly-in showcased a distinguished lineup of speakers, including Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., who led the Ways and Means Tax Policy Subcommittee during passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Additionally, Representatives Lou Barletta, R-Pa., Jason Smith, R-Mo., and Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, addressed HARDI members, focusing on policies that impact the HVACR industry. The top legislative issues HARDI prioritized for this year's fly-in included tax cut permanence, ratification of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal protocol, e-fairness, and promoting career and technical education to support jobs in the trades.
"We are confident that our efforts this year will resonate in the short term," said Director of Government Affairs Alex Ayers. "Many of our legislative priorities enjoyed support from both parties. Now we have additional weight to throw behind them thanks to the efforts from our Fly-in attendees."