July 02, 2013
Regional CEOs advocate in DC
On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, Chamber Government Affairs led a group of regional business and community leaders to Washington, D.C. for the annual D.C. Fly-In. Participants began the trip at a reception with Senator Rob Portman, who spoke to the importance of federal tax reform for businesses, Congressman Brad Wenstrup and Congressman Steve Chabot. On Wednesday, working sessions with legislators were held in the morning. Representative Chabot highlighted his State Trade Promotion Act to coordinate export programs between state and federal government. Senator Brown answered questions about federal tax reform and the section-by-section review being conducted by the Senate Finance Committee. Senator Paul discussed with the group his bill, S. 911, to lower the tax rate on current and accumulated foreign earnings of U.S. corporations reinvested in the U.S. and to establish the Emergency Transportation Safety Fund for prioritized transportation projects. Representative Shuster (Chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) and Representative Massie met with a subset of the Fly-In group to discuss the Brent Spence Bridge project and freight issues on the Ohio River. Senator McConnell and his staff answered questions on workforce development and the implementation of healthcare laws. Representative Gibbs provided valuable insight on the Water Resources Development Bill, WRDA, and the importance of inland waterways to Cincinnati's regional economy and emphasized the opportunity and need to make greater use of public-private partnerships in transportation projects. Joining the group for a private luncheon, Representative Brad Wenstrup took time to answer several questions from Chamber members on forthcoming healthcare challenges and stressed the importance of listening to and working with the business community.
The D.C. Fly-In is a key part of the Chamber's Government Affairs outreach each year, providing members the opportunity to voice concerns and engage with lawmakers who help shape Cincinnati USA's business climate.
Photos from the trip:
Chamber members prepare to travel to Washington
Senator Rob Portman talks with members at the evening reception
Senator Sherrod Brown addresses the Chamber delegation
Senator Rand Paul talks to the group
Marvin Blade, House Transportation Chairman Bill Shuster, Representative Thomas Massie, Matt Davis, Laura Brunner, and Pat Crowley
Area business leaders outside the Capitol
Representative Brad Wenstrup talks to the participants over lunch. Wenstrup on government spending: "The idea of service is leaving it better than you found it."
Congressmen Chabot and Wenstrup with Greg Vehr, Chip Gerhardt and Matt Davis at the opening reception
The 2013 Washington, D.C. Fly-In was presented by:
Evening Reception presented by: