Dozens of ISRI members accompanied by staff met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill last week during the ISRI Summer Board and Governance Meetings to brief them on the industry’s priority issues.
Topics included transportation and infrastructure, China, NAFTA and other trade policies, and the regulatory problems with treating scrap as solid waste. The main purpose of the fly-in is to demonstrate our industry’s grassroots strength, establish or strengthen existing relationships with lawmakers, and have ISRI members describe in their own words the impact of issues to their lawmakers.
In the morning, Representative George Holding briefed attendees on the administration’s trade policies and fielded a variety of questions from tax policy to deficit spending. In addition to visiting with many lawmakers representing districts in which ISRI companies are located, ISRI members met with chairmen and ranking members of several of key committees in both the House and the Senate with jurisdiction over trade. ISRI was able to raise concerns about tariffs on imported auto shredder parts that impact the cost of operating auto shredders in the United States. Transportation and infrastructure were also hot topics as the industry faces increasingly tight transportation capacity from trucks and train, specifically. ISRI also urged the use of recycled materials whenever possible for infrastructure projects. One final ask during the August recess was to invite lawmakers to visit scrapyards throughout the country to learn more about the industry and the local operations which helps continue to build those relationships with lawmakers.
If you were unable to participate in this summer’s fly-in, please consider coming to Washington on your own where ISRI staff will help guide your visits. For more information on ISRI’s industry advocacy program, please visit our advocacy page
or contact Billy Johnson
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