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Keeping Politics Out of Federal Contracting Act

Keeping Politics Out of Federal Contracting Act

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May 15, 2012The Honorable Joseph I. Lieberman The Honorable Susan CollinsChairman Ranking MemberCommittee on Homeland Security and Committee on Homeland Security andGovernmental Affairs Governmental AffairsUnited States Senate United States SenateWashington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510Dear Chairman Lieberman and Ranking Member Collins:The undersigned organizations strongly support S. 1100, the “Keeping Politics Out of Federal Contracting Act of 2011,” and urge the members of the Committee on HomelandSecurity and Governmental Affairs to support and favorably consider this important legislationwhen it is marked up by the committee. S. 1100 is offered in response to a draft Executive Orderunder consideration by the Obama Administration and, if enacted, would preclude the WhiteHouse from forcing federal agencies to require entities to disclose their political spending—aswell as that of their officers and directors—as a condition of participating in the federalprocurement process.The legislation would help ensure that political spending—or the lack thereof—continuesto play no role in federal contracting decisions. The legislation reaffirms the principle, currentlyembodied in federal procurement laws, that the Executive Branch has an obligation to procuregoods and services based on the best value for the American taxpayer, and not on politicalconsiderations. It also reaffirms the principle that the Administration cannot enact throughexecutive fiat legislation that Congress has considered and explicitly rejected.The undersigned organizations strongly support the “Keeping Politics Out of FederalContracting Act” and urge the members of the committee to vote for it as well as to oppose anyhostile and/or weakening amendments.Sincerely,60 Plus AssociationAeronautical Repair Station AssociationAerospace Industries AssociationAgricultural Retailers AssociationAir Conditioning Contractors of AmericaAir Transport AssociationAircraft Owners and Pilots AssociationAmerican Apparel & Footwear AssociationAmerican Bakers AssociationAmerican Business ConferenceAmerican Chemistry CouncilAmerican Composites Manufacturers Association
 
American Council of Engineering CompaniesAmerican Family Business InstituteAmerican Foundry SocietyAmerican Frozen Food InstituteAmerican Hotel & Lodging AssociationAmerican Insurance AssociationAmerican Iron and Steel InstituteAmerican Lighting AssociationAmerican Meat InstituteAmerican Moving & Storage AssociationAmerican Nursery & Landscape AssociationAmerican Petroleum InstituteAmerican Road & Transportation Builders AssociationAmerican Supply AssociationAmerican Trucking AssociationsAmerican Wholesale Marketers AssociationArkansas State Chamber/Associated Industries of Arkansas (AR)Arizona-New Mexico Cable Communications Association (AZ)Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc.Associated Builders & Contractors Mid-Tennessee ChapterAssociated Builders & Contractors, Rocky Mountain ChapterAssociated Equipment DistributorsAssociated General ContractorsAssociated General Contractors of MaineAssociated Industries of Massachusetts (MA)Associated Wire Rope FabricatorsAssociation of California Life and Health Insurance Companies (CA)Association of Equipment ManufacturersAssociation of Washington Business (WA)Bismarck Mandan Chamber (ND)Brick Industry AssociationBuckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce (AZ)Buffalo Niagara Partnership (NY)Business Coalition for Fair CompetitionBusiness Council of Alabama (AL)California Association of Health PlansChester County Chamber of Business & Industry (PA)Club Managers Association of AmericaColorado Association of Commerce & IndustryConstruction Industry Round TableConstruction Management Association of AmericaCouncil on Federal Procurement of Architectural and Engineering ServicesEdison Electric InstituteEl Centro Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau (CA)Financial Executives InternationalFlorida Chamber of Commerce
 
Food Marketing InstituteFremont Area Chamber of Commerce (NE)Georgia Association of Health Plans (GA)Georgia Chamber of Commerce (GA)Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce (VA)Healthcare Distribution Management AssociationHeating, Airconditioning & Refrigeration Distributors InternationalIndependent Electrical Contractors, Inc.Independent Lubricant Manufacturers AssociationIndiana Chamber of CommerceIndiana Manufactures AssociationIndustrial Fasteners InstituteIndustrial Supply AssociationInland Pacific Chapter Associated Builders and ContractorsInternational Dairy Foods AssociationInternational Foodservice Distributors AssociationInternational Franchise AssociationInternational Warehouse Logistics AssociationISSA – The Worldwide Cleaning Industry AssociationJohnson City, Jonesborough Washington County Chamber of Commerce (TN)Los Angeles Area Chamber of CommerceLouisiana Association of Business and IndustryMaine State Chamber of CommerceManagement Association for Private Photogrammetric SurveyorsManufacturer & Business Association (PA)Marine Retailers Association of AmericaMetals Service Center InstituteMissouri Chamber of Commerce (MO)Montana Chamber of Commerce (MT)Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce (AL)Motorcycle Industry CouncilNational Association of Chemical DistributorsNational Association of Electrical DistributorsNational Association of Home BuildersNational Association of ManufacturersNational Association of Wholesaler-DistributorsNational Automobile Dealers AssociationNational Beer Wholesalers AssociationNational Council of Chain RestaurantsNational Council of Textile OrganizationsNational Electrical Contractors AssociationNational Electrical Manufacturers AssociationNational Federation of Independent BusinessNational Grain and Feed AssociationNational Marine Distributors AssociationNational Propane Gas Association

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