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Regulators’ Participation in Industry Events Threatened by Pending Legislation
November 26, 2012
NBAA and other associations are concerned that an amendment to legislation that may be passed during the “lame duck” session of Congress would prohibit regulators from attending more than one industry meeting per year.
The “21st Century Postal Service Act of 2012’’ (S.1789), which includes the amendment (SA2060), has passed the Senate and is awaiting action in the House of Representatives.
Earlier this year NBAA and 2,100 other groups sent a letter to Congress opposing the travel restrictions on representatives of federal agencies. NBAA believes that the Association’s Annual Meeting & Convention, regional forums and other events are important venues for NBAA Members and officials from the Federal Aviation Administration, Customs and Border Protection, National Transportation Safety Board and other regulatory agencies to exchange information.
“Over the course of any year, ongoing and constructive dialogue between the industry and the government is critical,” said Lisa Piccione, NBAA senior vice president of government affairs, in discussing the proposal earlier this year. “We think it’s important not to place restrictions on the ability of representatives of federal agencies to attend our meetings and conferences to discuss important technical and policy information.”
Piccione said NBAA and other groups are continuing to work with the House and Senate, and she is urging NBAA Members to contact their members of Congress to oppose Senate Amendment 2060. For more information on how to contact and communicate with your elected representatives, visit NBAA’s Contact Congress resource.