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Featured Speakers and Conference Sessions

NLBMDA LuDPAC/WDMA Legislative Action Fund Fundraising Luncheon 
(ticketed event)
Monday, March 27
12:00 p.m.
1:30 p.m.

Matt K. Lewis
Political Commentator, Author, and Editor

Matt K. Lewis is a CNN political commentator and author of the book Too Dumb to Fail: How the GOP Betrayed the Reagan Revolution to Win Elections (and How It Can Reclaim Its Conservative Roots).

He is also a senior contributor for the Daily Caller, a contributing editor for, and a regular columnist for the Daily Beast. Previously, Matt served as a columnist for AOL’s Politics Daily, and before that as a blogger for

RightWingNews named Matt one of the “50 Best Conservative Columnists” in 2013, 2014, and 2015. The American Conservative Union named him the 2012 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Business Insider named Matt one of the 50 “Pundits You Need To Pay Attention To Between Now And The Election” in 2011. Additionally, the Young Conservatives Coalition’s selected Matt as a recipient of their second annual “Buckley Award” in 2011.

Matt’s work has also appeared in outlets such as GQ, POLITICO, and the Guardian — and he has been quoted or cited by major media outlets including New York Magazine, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Associated Press. As a commentator, Matt has appeared on Fox News, MSNBC, C-SPAN, ABC’s Nightline, and HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.

Washington Briefing Breakfast Speakers

Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC-13)
Tuesday, March 28
7:00 a.m.
8:45 a.m.

Congressman Ted Budd represents North Carolina's 13th Congressional District and is serving his first term in the 115th United States Congress.

Budd brings fresh ideas to Washington having never held elective office. When an opportunity presented itself after redistricting opened up North Carolina's 13th Congressional District, Ted decided to run and offered to bring an outsider's perspective to our nation's capital.As a member of the powerful Financial Services Committee, which has jurisdiction over housing and lending issues, Budd stands to play an important role in reshaping the regulatory landscape impacting the industry. 

Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA-09)
Tuesday, March 28
7:00 a.m.
8:45 a.m.

Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) was first elected to represent Virginia's ninth Congressional District in the House of Representatives in November 2010, and is currently serving his fourth term. He is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over some of the most important issues facing the nation including public health and federal regulations.

For the 115th Congress, Rep. Griffith is Vice Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. In addition, Morgan serves on its Subcommittee on Health and Subcommittee on Energy.

Prior to his election to the House of Representatives, the congressman served as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1994 to 2011. In 2000, Morgan was elected Majority Leader for the House of Delegates, the first Republican in Virginia history to hold that position.

Conference Sessions 

Policy Issue Breakout Sessions
Monday, March 27
2:45 p.m.
5:15 p.m.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from experts and insiders in the field about some of the pressing policy issues impacting the industry and how they might be addressed by the 115th Congress and the new Trump Administration.  You will have the opportunity to engage with speakers and share your viewpoints as well.

Tax Reform in 2017: Key Insight and Analysis
Speaker: Caroline Harris, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Congress is already working on comprehensive tax reform that would be the biggest overhaul of the tax code in decades. Key players on Capitol Hill have expressed a willingness to consider several proposals that would drastically change current policy, including several that affect construction, housing and manufacturing.

Caroline Harris, Vice President of Tax Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will speak on where tax policy headed and what it could mean for the construction and manufacturing sectors. This session will discuss the current status of tax reform, identify key areas of focus by federal officials, and explore the possible impact on industry.

Caroline directs the development, promotion, and publication of the Chamber's policy on tax-related matters. She analyzes tax legislation, other legislation with revenue-raising provisions, and tax reform proposals, and submits comments, Hill letters, and testimony to Congress and regulatory agencies. Harris routinely meets with members of Congress and their staffs, the administration, and regulatory agencies to promote the Chamber's tax policy.

Perspectives on the Future of U.S. Trade Policy and NAFTA
Speaker: Ken Monahan, National Association of Manufacturers

President Trump made United States trade policy a centerpiece of his campaign, arguing that the country has been disadvantaged by trade deals and unfair foreign competition. In particular, the President has spoken about the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and his intention to "renegotiate" the agreement's terms. Will NAFTA be torn up? What will trade policy look like under the Trump Administration? What effects will policies have on industry and the supply chain?

Ken Monahan, Director of International Trade Policy at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), will provide an analysis of United States trade policy and answer these key questions. In addition, Ken will identify the key players, discuss the current status of policy, and determine the possible effects of changing long-standing trade policy.

Ken works with NAM member companies to develop and advocate the association's positions and priorities on trade agreement negotiations, ensure enforcement of existing trade agreement commitments, and other issues including the World Trade Organization (WTO), miscellaneous tariff bills, data flows and privacy, conflict minerals, forced localization, and other bilateral country trade matters. He has worked as a Senior Policy Analyst for Bloomberg, along with positions with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the House Committee on Ways & Means.

NLBMDA/WDMA Joint Welcome Reception and Silent Auction
Monday, March 27
5:30 p.m.
7:00 p.m.

The joint networking reception is the perfect time to meet new business associates and catch up with old ones. Not only will you be able to participate in a relaxed and fun social event, you will be able to make an impact on the industry’s legislative initiatives by participating in the evening’s silent auction benefiting NLBMDA’s and WDMA’s advocacy efforts. To donate an item, please check the box on your registration form and a staff member will follow up with you.

Washington Briefing Breakfast
Tuesday, March 28
7:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

The annual Washington Briefing Breakfast will feature keynote remarks from two Members of Congress, who will give insight on what it takes to effectively communicate the message of the industry during Capitol Hill visits and back at home. They will also provide an overview of the current atmosphere on the Hill and in the new Trump administration.

Issue Briefing
Tuesday, March 28
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Your association government relations staff will review the specific talking points to help you to effectively communicate the industry’s position on key issues during the Capitol Hill and federal agency visits. During this session staff will answer any questions that you may and provide tips on hoe to get our message across clearly and effectively.

Capitol Hill and Federal Agency Visits
Tuesday, March 28             Wednesday, March 29
10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.       9:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.

Your elected officials rely on feedback from their constituents to keep them apprised of the economic climate and to provide real-world feedback on how legislative actions impact employers and jobs in their communities. In addition, federal agency officials often do not get to hear from the business people that their proposed regulations will impact directly. During the conference, attendees will have the opportunity to visit their members of Congress on Capitol Hill and/or meet with federal agency representatives to discuss industry issues and concerns.

Capitol Hill Legislative Reception
Tuesday, March 28
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Following visits to Capitol Hill offices, share your thoughts on your Congressional visits with your friends and colleagues at the annual Legislative Reception.  Members of Congress and their key staff members are also invited to attend and it serves as a perfect way to show appreciation for our supporters on Capitol Hill.