Wednesday, April 27 was GMA’s most recent Lobby Day on Capitol Hill. A delegation of nearly 30 GMA representatives, attended 27 meetings. GMA’s government relations firm, Whitmer and Worrall, coordinated 11 meetings on the Senate side and 16 on the House side.
The congressional offices we visited represented interest on the following committees: Transportation and Infrastructure, Environment and Public Works, Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Agriculture, Budget, Commerce, Foreign Relations, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Energy and Natural Resources, Science and Transportation, Financial Services, and Appropriations.
It is important that our members meet face-to-face with representatives and their staff members, to discuss the structural, environmental, and cost-saving benefits of geosynthetics. The inclusion of “geosynthetic language” in the 2014 WRRDA Bill and the 2015 FAST Act are prime examples of the recent success GMA’s lobbying program has had in D.C.
GMA ended an impressive FY2016 federal lobbying year that included more than 60 meetings with Members of Congress and their staffs. GMA’s FY2017 lobbying season is well under way and will focus on major legislation such as WARDA 2016 and the FAA bill. GMA will also be closely monitoring coal ash regulations, the implementation of the FAST Act, and will continue to track how WARDA 2014 dollars are being spent.