Advocacy Efforts

Advocacy Efforts

AFS is the voice of the metalcasting industry in our nation’s capital and works to enhance the legislative and regulatory climate for its members. The Society evaluates proposed federal legislative and regulatory actions, testifies before committees and agencies, and aggressively advocates and educates government officials about the industry’s top concerns and priorities.

Bottom-Line Issues

At any given time, AFS is working on 20-25 issues in the areas of:

* OSHA policy

* EPA policy

* Infrastructure investment

* Buy America

* Tax policy

* Rigorous enforcement of fair trade

* Workforce readiness

AFS Policy Victories Yielding Quantifiable Benefits for Foundries

Through the years, AFS has achieved numerous policy victories. For example, our work on policies related to sludge save the industry $30 million per year. Our advocacy on beneficial use of reclaimed sand presented sound science upon which EPA reversed its policy. 

AFS also participates in coalition lobbying. In 2017-2018, this has led to policy victories on OSHA recordkeeping, withdrawal of ill-advised estate tax rules, revisions to the Waters of the USA, an end to the punitive EPA sue-and-settle practice, blocking the so-called Clean Power Plan, and overturning the Obama-era contractor blacklisting rules. These victories have saved AFS member companies millions of dollars. 

An Ongoing Commitment to Advocacy

Policy victories don't happen overnight. It takes steadfast advocacy, backed by member involvement.

With AFS' team of advocacy professionals located blocks from the U.S. Capitol, the Society works directly with elected officials, congressional staff and government agencies. This work delivers a bottom-line impact for AFS members. For more information, contact AFS CEO Doug Kurkul, or the AFS Washington Office at 202-452-7135 or ssalmon@afsinc.org.

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