Congressman Praises NACM’s Grassroots Efforts

The efforts of NACM to repeal a 3% withholding tax on the value of
most government contracts where recognized recently by Rep. Kendrick Meek
(D-FL). Meek, along with Wally Herger (R-CA), sponsored H.R. 1023, the
Withholding Tax Relief Act of 2007, which, if enacted, would repeal
this withholding tax scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1, 2011. Meek pointed to
the importance of the grassroots efforts of various businesses, business
associations and state and local government coalitions that have mobilized to
support H.R. 1023. “NACM is really doing a great job in building support for
this legislation,” Meek said. “To move this legislation, we’re going to need all
the support we can get, and grassroots lobbying from your membership is a
central piece of that effort.”

The work of Meek and Herger, as well as the numerous groups who
support their legislation, has apparently gotten the attention of many of their
Congressional colleagues. The bi-partisan bill has, as of July 13, 2007, 179
cosponsors, which is equal to 41% of the entire 435-member U.S. House of
Representatives. H.R. 1023, which was introduced Feb. 13, 2007, is still in the
Committee on Ways and Means where it was originally referred.

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