As we look to the new year, and what will hopefully be a safe and successful 2021, we’re excited to announce the first in a series of virtual Washington Fly-Ins to ensure our advocacy efforts are still being heard on Capitol Hill.
In the last week or so we have experienced some of the most tumultuous days I have ever witnessed here in the Washington, D.C. area.
Thanks again to all of you who were able to join us for our very first Virtual Annual Meeting a few weeks ago.
President-elect Joe Biden and his transition team are preparing for an early, all-out push to tackle the new administration’s primary policy goals during Biden’s first 100 days in office. NACD expects the Biden administration to quickly pursue an ambitious new COVID-19 relief package – assuming Congress is unable to act prior to year’s end – similar to $2-$3 trillion relief bills offered by congressional Democrats, while also drawing up plans for a series of executive actions aimed at undoing many of the Trump administration's efforts to reform key government agencies that we’ve seen over the last four years.
With the defeat of President Donald J. Trump and the election of Joseph R. Biden as the 46th President of the United States, the chemical distribution industry can expect a much different approach to regulatory activity and enforcement as of Inauguration Day January 20, 2021.
For the first time since its expansion in 2015, there will finally be five commissioners sitting on the Surface Transportation Board (STB). This body makes critical decisions for chemical distributors and rail customers, and I’m thrilled at the prospect of having a fully-staffed board empowered to promote competition and modernize our nation’s freight policies.
With Election Day nearly two weeks in our rearview mirror, the dust has mostly settled on the 2020 election season. At the time of writing my initial assessment the day after the election, I was unable to definitely project the outcome of the presidential election, the party that would hold the majority in the U.S. Senate, or how narrow a majority Democrats would have in the U.S. House of Representatives.
We expected a close contest at the presidential level this past Tuesday and, sure enough, we still do not have a confirmed winner and might not for some time. While right away we may not know who our president will be, NACD has been reviewing the election results at the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S Senate, and state levels.
As our virtual Annual Meeting draws to a close next week, we hope you’ll join us in congratulating the winners of the 2020 Responsible Distribution Excellence Award, Distributor of the Year, and Affiliate of the Year.
Following the 2020 election cycle, control of the U.S. Senate will be considerably more consequential than previous cycles. If former Vice President Joe Biden (D) is elected president, his ability to deliver on the progressive Democratic agenda will depend on Democrats taking control of the Senate and the margin by which they do so. If President Trump is reelected to a second term, his administration’s effectiveness depends upon Republicans maintaining control of the chamber.