In November 2015, the Chamber led a coalition of business advocates to Washington, D.C. to voice our support for several key business initiatives. During our travels we discussed our agenda with all nine members of our Colorado Congressional Delegation, the White House Business Council, the U.S. Chamber, and the Department of Energy.
Our key initiatives included:
We have had quite a few victories in the last few weeks regarding our D.C. Fly-in agenda. The oil export ban has been lifted (despite our conversation with the White House Business Council to the contrary).
We have also seen the passage of a long-term transportation bill, into which the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank was included.
With regards to the “The Every Student Succeeds Act,” the new education plan includes grants for the development of state-led STEM master teacher corps, or nonprofit/agency partnerships with local educational institutions to develop STEM programming.
Finally, with regards to the Trans Pacific Partnership, our sources believe it will be voted on after the 2016 presidential election, and that the likelihood of passage is high.
Whether or not you were able to attend this year's D.C. Fly-in, we thank you for helping strengthen the voice of business at our nation’s capital through your membership. Although we cannot know the precise impact of our support, we can feel satisfied that our positions were made clear, and that the ultimate outcome was positive.
For more information on how you can attend the 2016 D.C. Fly-in, please contact Natalie Harden at [email protected]