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NBAA Asks Members to Reach Out to New Members of Congress
January 28, 2013
NBAA is reaching out to members of the 113th Congress as they settle in on Capitol Hill for a session the Association views as being of the utmost importance to business aviation. The Association is also calling upon its Members to make their voices heard.
“This is going to be a little different beginning for a Congress,” said NBAA Senior Vice President for Government Affairs Lisa Piccione. “Usually when a new Congress is convened, we have several months to meet new members. But we’re going to have several major issues come up on Capitol Hill in very short order, so we do want to make sure that members of Congress hear from their constituents about the importance of business aviation and all the jobs that are associated with it.”
Since 2009, the task of educating lawmakers in Washington has been greatly aided by the General Aviation (GA) Caucuses. In the House, the GA Caucus is led by co-chairman Rep. Sam Graves (R-6-MO) and John Barrow (D-12-GA). In the Senate, the GA Caucus is co-chaired by Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) and Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE).
Changes in the makeup of both the House and Senate have taken a toll on the GA Caucuses, Piccione said.
“The challenge we face right now is, due to the elections and retirement, we have approximately 40 members of the caucuses from the last Congress who are not returning to Washington this year. That makes it so important for both NBAA and its Members to reach out to newly elected representatives to urge them to join the caucuses.”
To that end, NBAA has made available, through the Association’s online “Contact Congress” resource, a letter NBAA Members can send to lawmakers urging them to join the GA Caucuses in their respective chambers, and highlighting both the industry’s importance to the nation’s economy. Piccione urged NBAA Members to visit the Association’s website and send the letter to help grown the House and Senate GA Caucuses.
“For anyone who can access our online Contact Congress tool, it’s a very easy way to reach out to your elected officials,” she pointed out.