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Biden political priorities
Chris Andresen
Political Priorities for 2021 will be Ambitious

The events from the week of January 4th, 2021, will significantly impact the political priorities for 2021. By winning two Senate runoffs in Georgia, Democrats are preparing to control a 50-50 Senate now that President Joe Biden has been sworn into office with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tie-breaking

Congressional Update
Chris Andresen
Congressional Update: COVID relief, flammability, and Vietnam

Congress ends 2020 with a COVID-19 relief package, a ruling on furniture flammability, and an update on the Section 301 Vietnam investigation. The end of the calendar year is always a busy time in Congress as leaders work to enact priorities before breaking for the holidays. The recent end of

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Mark Schumacher
HFA CEO testifies before USTR on Vietnam investigation

When the United States Trade Representative announced a section 301 investigation involving Vietnam and allegations of the exportation of some wood products containing illegally harvested timber, the Home Furnishings Association has been on the record advocating a measured approach to the investigation. Our primary concern is simple. If the administration

Stimulus Package
Chris Andresen
Congress Acts on Additional COVID-19 Relief

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, HFA, through direct member engagement, has strongly advocated for additional fiscal relief for businesses struggling to survive. After months of negotiations, Congress and the Administration have agreed to include additional COVID-19 stimulus to the annual federal government funding legislation, creating a massive $2.3 trillion spending package.

Government Building
Chris Andresen
Incoming Biden Administration Economic Team

President-Elect Joe Biden and his incoming Administration are inheriting an economy decimated by COVID-19. Throughout the campaign and following Election Day, Biden and his closest advisors highlight controlling the coronavirus as their absolute top priority. As retailers, we have witnessed the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 from widespread closures

economic stimulus
Mark Schumacher
What another round of stimulus dollars means for furniture retailers

As the end of 2020 rapidly approaches, Congress has several significant pieces of legislation to address before adjourning for the year, including federal government funding, national defense policy, and most critical to Home Furnishings Association members, additional COVID-19 relief. HFA has consistently advocated and urged Congress to pass further business

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Doug Clark
California finally sets the same rules for all mattress retailers

Omar Mendoza accepts his obligations under California’s mattress recycling program. Anyone who purchases a mattress from his store, All American Mattress & Recliners in Beaumont, is entitled to ask him to remove a used mattress for recycling at no charge. What gets under Mendoza’s skin is when someone who’s not

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Doug Clark
HFA seeks action to clear costly bottleneck at ports

The Home Furnishings Association and other industry groups have asked the Federal Maritime Commission to suspend unreasonable detention and demurrage charges on containers and chassis at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports. Worsening delays and inefficiencies at the Southern California ports are knotting an already constricted supply chain and

El Paso, TX. USA - October 23,2020: Free Covid-19 screening took place at the University of Texas at El Paso campus as the Covid-19 surge reaches nearly 27,000 cases. Four additional mobile morgues have been requested to help with the increasing Covid-19 death spike.
Doug Clark
Furniture stores operate safely, sell essential products

The Home Furnishings Association urges furniture retailers to tell their state and local elected leaders that their businesses are safe, essential and strong contributors to economic recovery. “The COVID crisis isn’t going away soon,” Mark Schumacher, the association’s CEO, said in an email to more than 1,300 HFA members. “In

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