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ABA Members Lobby Congress During Annual Fly-In Event

Posted on May 9, 2017

ABA Fly-In attendees gather on Capitol Hill (ABA photo)
ABA Fly-In attendees gather on Capitol Hill (ABA photo)
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Dozens of ABA members from the motorcoach, tour, and travel industry convened in Washington, D.C. May 3-4 at ABA’s 2017 Fly-In to make its collective voice heard on a variety of priority issues.

These efforts help ensure elected officials understand the economic contributions of industry and the issues members face.

In today’s political landscape, telling your story to lawmakers is more important than ever, especially given the attention on issues critical to the motorcoach, tour, and travel industry. While ABA staff works with lawmakers in Washington daily, the effect of meeting lawmakers face-to-face cannot be understated.

Members from all over the U.S. and Canada blanketed Capitol Hill, meeting with Senators, House members, and staff, focusing on five priority issues: Intercity Bus Security Grant Program, Lease & Interchange final rule, infrastructure legislation, tax reform, and travel ban executive orders.

The 2017 Fly-In featured presentations by a number of influential lawmakers who have helped the industry. Fly-In attendees heard from Highways & Transit Subcommittee Chairman Sam Graves (R-Mo.), Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), and Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.)

On Wednesday, ABA’s BusPAC hosted a reception at Carmine’s in downtown Washington, DC. New Transportation & Infrastructure Committee member Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) dropped by the event to address the House’s legislative agenda, take questions, and learn more about the motorcoach, travel, and tourism industry.

Related article: ABA Report Shows Steady Motorcoach Sales Growth

About the American Bus Association
The American Bus Association (ABA) is the trade organization of the intercity bus industry, with more than 1,000 motorcoach and tour company members in the United States and Canada. Its members operate charter, tour, regular route, airport express, special operations and contract services. Another 2,800 members are travel and tourism organizations and suppliers of bus products and services who work in partnership with the North American motorcoach industry.

Related Topics: American Bus Association, charter and tour operators, industry politics, lobbying, motorcoach operators, motorcoaches, Washington DC

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