March 25, 2014
45 business, community leaders on DC Fly-In
The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber is taking a unified voice to Washington, D.C. today. A group of 45 business owners, business professionals, community leaders and elected officials will meet today and tomorrow to talk transportation, taxes, talent, healthcare, energy and environmental regulations. "The meetings give our electeds an opportunity to hear how their policies affect business and life in our region," offers Jason Kershner, interim director of the Chamber's Government Affairs team. He continues, "Our region has a unique and enviable position. We have top-level representation in Congress, with House Speaker Boehner and Senate Minority Leader McConnell, and this trip gives us an opportunity to leverage that position and encourage actions to spur economic growth here - from collaborative in DC to reducing regulatory barriers."
Community and business leaders, including Brian Carley, CUSARC; George Vincent, Dinsmore; Jim Henning, Duke; Crystal Kendrick, Voice of the Customer; Scott Hamlin, CCHMC, Kevin Jones, Huntington Bank; Jill Meyer, Frost, Brown, Todd; and Carl Satterwhite, RCF will meet with White House officials, Boehner, McConnell, Senator Rob Portman, Senator Sherrod Brown, Representative Steve Chabot, Representative Thomas Massie and Representative Brad Wenstrup to better partner with Congress to:
Reauthorize Surface Transportation Bill
establish long-term sustainable transportation funding, streamline permitting and regulatory processes and promote private investment in advance of MAP-21's expiration in September.
Reform Federal Tax System
Support initial work of Ways & Means Chairman Camp on this issue, and encourages continued, substantive work to reform the tax code and make America's businesses stronger, more prosperous and more competitive in worldwide markets.
Pass Immigration Reform
Supports comprehensive immigration reform because it is vital to ensuring social, economic and cultural competitiveness. Congress needs to continue its work on this issue and work diligently to pass legislation.
Revise & Improve ACA
Holds that Congress can better serve businesses by revising and improving the ACA to provide clarity and long-term certainly rather than working for repeal.
Balance Energy & Environment Regulation
These demand balance among many constituencies and the Chamber encourages Congress to work towards policies that support economic development and protect the environment.
Use the government advocacy services your Chamber membership affords - subscribe to the Government Affairs Update, or contact Jason Kershner at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.