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Participants got the latest news from members of Congress and agency heads on the highway reauthorization bill, preservation of the fuel tax exemption, distracted driving, occupant protection and the healthcare bill.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The UNITED MOTORCOACH ASSOCIATION (UMA) and the National School Transportation Association (NSTA) hosted a joint meeting for their members on Capitol Hill on April 14. UMA members flew in to Washington, D.C. for the opportunity to hear about issues critical to private motorcoach carriers and to meet with their elected officials.
Participants from both organizations heard from members of Congress and agency heads on transportation-specific topics, including the highway reauthorization bill, preservation of the fuel tax exemption, distracted driving, occupant protection and the healthcare bill. The day concluded with dinner and speaker Jennifer Duffy, senior editor at the Cook Political Report, who enlightened and entertained participants with an inside look at the current U.S. political scene.
Members were given the opportunity to meet one-on-one with their local Congressional representatives and Senators through pre-scheduled meetings.
"I think it's important that every operator know they are a public utility, and it's important their elected representatives know how the rules and laws they pass affect them," said Ken Presley, UMA's vice president of industry relations. "We hope that even more operators can take time away from their businesses next year and come and invest that time talking to their elected representatives."
To see a brief video presentation from the meeting, please visit UMA's Facebook page UMA WASHINGTON TRIP.
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