TRSAPAC Hits the Hill for Bipartisan Advocacy Efforts
TRSA members convened on Capitol Hill on Dec. 3 to talk to members of Congress from both parties and state their case on several issues of importance to the textile services industry, including the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Overtime Regulation Proposal and the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) Joint-Employer Ruling, among other items. Executives got valuable face time with four key members of Congress during the day.
The morning kicked off with a breakfast meeting with Rep. Rick Allen (R-GA), a newcomer to the House of Representatives that was elected in 2014. After introductions from the TRSA members in attendance, Rep. Allen shared his views on several important topics, including economic growth and enacting reasonable business regulations. Before Rep. Allen had to leave for another meeting, he shared his opinion on the ideological divide between the parties in Congress, a wide gap that Rep. Allen said surprised him upon his arrival in Washington, DC, after the 2014 election cycle.
Following the meeting with Rep. Allen, the TRSA contingent made the trip to the Capitol Hill Club for a sit down with Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA). Rep. Barletta had recently attended a caucus session of House Republicans, and shared his thoughts on the meetings, commenting that it was, “the most optimistic he’s been in a long while for the future.” Rep. Barletta also shared his thoughts on the progress of funding the nation’s highways and transportation, a major concern for textile services company’s large fleets. With a spot on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, Rep. Barletta has a critical voice on this issue.
Next on the agenda was a meeting with Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee headquarters. After introductions and a brief discussion about the transportation bill, Rep. Lujan had to leave the meeting to vote on a bill on the House floor. While the meeting was shortened due to his voting duties, TRSA hopes to continue the dialogue with Rep. Lujan going forward.
The day came to a close with a lunchtime meeting at the Capitol Hill Club with Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS). Rep. Jenkins tackled a wide range of topics at the meeting, including the rising costs of healthcare in America, the upcoming presidential election, national debt and the current state of the economy, and national security.
TRSA members in attendance at the TRSAPAC Winter Fly-In meetings included:
- Jim Buik, Roscoe Co.
- PJ Dempsey, Dempsey Uniform & Linen Supply Inc.
- David Hart, Mountville Mills Inc.
- Greg Hart, Cintas Corp.
- Alexis Miller, Regent Apparel
- David Potack, Unitex Textile Rental Services