Weekly Legislative Update - May 14, 2018

Federal Lobby Day Schedule
June 20th 

9:00 am- Buses Leave office in Bowie- Free Transportation
10:00 - 11:00 am  DOT briefing United States Department of Transportation
Infrastructure, De-regulation, Industry Topics, and Department Updates from:
  • Anthony Bedell, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Chris Mitton, Senior Officer for Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Brian Barnard, Director of Governmental Affairs for NHTSA
11:00 am- Buses Head to Capitol Hill
11:00- 12:30-  Congressional Meetings  Capitol Hill
12:30 - 2:00 pm-  Luncheon SVC 212-10 U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
  • Magnuson Moss Warranty Act Update: Tom Tucker, State Relations Director, ACA
  • Estate Tax Repeal Update: Palmer Schoening, Founder and Chairman, Family Business Coalition
  • Looking at the 2018 Elections: Nathan Klein, Lead Pollster & Founder, Olive Tree Strategies (Former Polling and Analytics Director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee)
  • Congressman Lou Barletta (R-Pa-11th)- Candidate for Senate
  • Congressman John Delaney (D-Md-6th)- Democratic Candidate for President
2:30 - 4:30 pm-  Industry Issues Seminar - Rayburn House Office Building- Room 2075
  • Members of Congress Invited to Participate in Panel Discussions
4:30 - 6:00 pm-  Reception with Exhibits - Rayburn HOB- Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Room 2167
6:00 pm- Buses Return to Bowie Office
(Schedule subject to change with updates as we hear from members of Congress)
Hotel Options:
Comfort Inn Conference Center
4500 Crain Hwy
Bowie, MD, 20716
(301) 464-0089
Going rate $109.00
Phoenix Park Hotel
520 N. Capitol St NW
Washington, DC 2001
(202) 638-6900
Going rate $339.00

Hyatt Regency Washington On Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C., USA, 20001
(202) 737-1234
Going rate $419.00
For more information and to RSVP please contact: 

Roy Littlefield IV, rlittlefield2@tireindustry.org 


Organizing & Executing the Next
White House Conference on Small Business (WHCSB)

All three Conferences shared similar organizational formats and activities performed, with differences generated in process and outcomes. To their credit, each of the three Conferences issued 60 policy recommendations for Congress and the Administration to consider. In addition, the 1995 Conference delegates elected regional implementation teams which worked closely with Small Business Administration (SBA) officials in monitoring congressional and executive branch action on the 1995 Conference's recommendations after the Conference had ended. The SBA attributed much of the 1995 Conference's implementation "success rate" to the efforts of these implementation teams. CRS noted that the 1980 Conference included participation from over 200 small business and trade associations.
A critical piece to the success of the WHCSB is the utilization of state conferences to ensure broad and equitable representation of the very diverse small-business community. Through the state conferences, which feed into the regional conferences and then into the national conference, small-business owners can develop, enhance and fully embrace the key issues facing small businesses nationwide. In addition to building consensus, growing small-business networks and nurturing future small-business leaders, the state conferences and broad participation of small businesses lend credibility to the final list of recommendations.
Despite action and success on a variety of issues impacting small business, there has not been a White House conference in more than two decades. That is far too long to go without giving voice and a forum to America's small businesses which account for 99 percent of U.S. private sector employers and 64 percent of net new private sector jobs. The 115th Congress should reunite the wide variety of voices within the small business community to help educate Congress and the White House on issues that matter most to small businesses. Just as in 1995, we can leverage the collective strength and voice of small business, to make it easier to do business with the federal government, create jobs and prosperity for our country.
TIA urges Members of Congress to introduce and enact legislation authorizing a White House Conference on Small Business (WHCSB). Legislation is necessary in the near-term to ensure that small business issues remain at the forefront of policy discussions and also to ensure small business has a voice at the highest levels of the American government. For more information, contact Roy Littlefield IV, rlittlefield2@tireindustry.org