Chamber goes to Washington DC
A delegation of about 20 attended the first Federal Policy Conference and Tour in our nation’s capital.
Randy Ford from National Write Your Congressman and a member of the chamber’s Public Policy Committee helped organize the trip and served as tour guide. He arranged for the group to stay at the member’s only University Club.
On Sunday, April 2, the group met for dinner and the Cherry Blossom River Cruise. Monday morning started the fast-paced conference with briefings at the US Chamber of Commerce on tax reform, immigration and healthcare. After a speaker at the lunch meeting, the delegation met with staff from Senator Cruz’s and Senator Cornyn’s offices. The senators were tied up in confirmation hearings and were unable to join. The Chamber delegation honored Congressman Sam Johnson for his 27 years of public service at a reception on Monday evening, since his announcement that he will not be seeking reelection.
The highlight of the trip for many was the private, guided tour of the U.S. Capitol by Congressman Pete Sessions, featuring a view of DC from the Speaker of the House’s private balcony. On Tuesday, Congressman Sessions and his staff spent much of the morning discussing important topics for the business community. After a tour of the Supreme Court and a brief visit to the Library of Congress, the delegation enjoyed a DC Night Tour of the Monuments. The trip concluded on Wednesday, with a visit to the Newseum, focusing on the news media with exhibits of a piece of the Berlin Wall, a gallery on 9/11 and Pulitzer Prize photographs and much more.
The delegation that attended the conference reported having a great time. It was fun and educational and many are looking forward to the next trip! Thanks to sponsors, Courtesy Nissan as title sponsor; Michael Ulmer Associates as transportation sponsor and Richland College as dinner sponsor. The next Federal Policy Conference is planned for spring 2018.