Top Legislative & Regulatory Issues
AHFA maintains a strong presence in Washington, D.C., where our full-time staff members work in concert with member company executives and legislative counsel to protect the interests of the home furnishings industry. AHFA lobbies on Capitol Hill, confers with senior members of the Administration and Congressional staffs, testifies at Congressional hearings and maintains contact with regulatory agencies, including the:
• Consumer Product Safety Commission
• Environmental Protection Agency
• Department of Commerce
• Federal Trade Commission
• International Trade Commission
We’re at the table, so you don’t have to be.
Membership in AHFA supports these government affairs initiatives in Washington and throughout the U.S., and ensures our industry has a representative at the table any time issues that impact our industry are being debated and decided.
Some issues extend over the course of years, or even decades. AHFA remains engaged, helping to keep member companies informed through newsletters and member bulletins, as well as through a monthly Washington Report produced by Grayling, AHFA’s Washington D.C.-based advocacy partner. Further, AHFA funds scientific research to support industry positions on environmental, health and product safety issues. And when action is needed, AHFA can mobilize letter-writing campaigns, Hill visits, or face-to-face meetings with regulators to quickly communicate our positions.
AHFA members also have a voice in establishing our legislative and regulatory agenda. They not only help our industry work toward sensible government policies, they also gain access to the most reliable, first-hand source of information to help them:
• decipher compliance guidelines,
• save compliance costs, and
• avoid non-compliance violations.
The menu below provides background information and position statements on current legislative and regulatory issues. The date cited at the end of each position statement indicates the last revision.
Additional resources in this section include an archive of Legislative and Regulatory Alerts emailed to member company executives and links to the monthly Washington Report of legislative and election updates from Grayling. Members must be logged in to view these Alerts.
Also in this section is a link to the FurnPAC website, the furniture industry’s political action committee.