Tuesday, November 8, 2016 was an historical election day that concluded one of the longest and most divisive campaigns in American history. President-elect Donald J. Trump’s presidential victory capped a remarkable campaign cycle that defied many political pundits’ projections and polls. In addition to Mr. Trump’s victory, the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives retained their Republican majority setting the table for the potential enactment of significant legislative and Republican regulatory priorities.
Impacts on the Pest Management Industry
The last time one party controlled the White House and both Houses of Congress was in 2009, and several significant policy objectives were passed by the Democratic Party including: Health Care, Cap and Trade, Dodd-Frank Financial Reform, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. It is anticipated that President Trump and the Republican Party will quickly move to put forth legislation accomplishing top Republican political objectives and campaign promises. What is unknown is exactly how Mr. Trump will prioritize and emphasize these objectives.
5 Federal Policies and Topics That Will Impact the Pest Management Industry
Healthcare Reform – A top campaign promise of Mr. Trump and Republican candidates elected to Congress was to repeal and replace healthcare. This will be an important opportunity to engage Congress to ensure a new health care program provides proper care for pest management employees and also protects against unnecessary and burdensome costs to businesses.
Tax Reform – Mr. Trump campaigned on simplifying personal income tax and significantly lowering business taxes. Similarly, Republican leaders in both Congressional chambers have been pushing for tax reform for several Congresses. This will be an opportunity to engage Congress and advocate for tax issues important to the pest management industry.
Pro-Business Regulations – The President-elect and Republican Congressional leadership both campaigned on eliminating unnecessary and burdensome regulations that inhibit economic growth. Key regulations that are certain to come under swift scrutiny will be the Waters of the U.S. rule (WOTUS) and the Department of Labor’s Overtime rule. This will be an opportunity to work towards stopping, fixing and/or delaying the implementation of these rules.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – During the election, President Elect made varying statements concerning the EPA, at one point even suggested the elimination of the Agency. More recently he indicated diminishing EPA’s role and ensuring their actions are in-line with clean air and clean water, while suggesting that much of President Obama’s environmental agenda should be rolled back. NPMA will continue to build relationships with new and existing EPA staff and advocate on behalf of the industry.
Lastly, the pest management industry lost a strong ally, tireless advocate and a great friend when Rep. Bob Dold lost his bid for reelection. Mr. Dold lost narrowly to Brad Schneider in a Congressional district that is very difficult for a Republican to win during a Presidential election cycle. During the 114th Congress, Mr. Dold was a tireless public servant for his Illinois constituents, and he also was a voice for the pest management industry offering a perspective among elected officials that only he could offer. Mr. Dold will be missed, but as an industry, we owe him a warm thank you, and wish him the best.