SOCMA CONNECT's 5th Annual Washington Fly-In

April 17-18, 2012

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2012 Recap

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SOCMA CONNECT Washington Fly-In 2012At SOCMA CONNECT’s 5th Annual Washington Fly-In, more than 30 participants met with 58 congressional offices. SOCMA’s Washington Fly-In gives chemical industry representatives the opportunity to directly advocate with members of Congress on issues affecting their businesses and the chemical manufacturing industry. It is the annual highlight of SOCMA’s grassroots program, SOCMA CONNECT.

SOCMA members met with 58 congressional offices discussing a wide range of issues with their elected officials, from reauthorizing chemical facility security legislation and modernizing the Toxic Substances Control Act to expanding international trade. Seeking support for the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill and renewal of duty suspensions were of particular importance during this year’s Fly-In. Participants met personally with several influential members of Congress including Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR), Sen. Robert Portman (R-OH), Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA) and Rep. Gene Green (D-TX). Several lawmakers expressed strong support for their concerns and made plans to continue talks with SOCMA members in their home state during member facility site visits.

SponsorsPrior to the congressional visits, SOCMA staff led a legislative workshop to better educate participants on legislative issues affecting the batch, custom and specialty chemical industry and what to expect during congressional meetings.

SOCMA CONNECT’s Washington Fly-In also offered networking opportunities, including a Capitol Hill reception featuring speeches from Representative John Shimkus (R-IL), chairman of the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, Representative Ben Quale (R-AZ-3) and Neena Shenai, trade counsel for the House Ways and Means Committee. Representative Shimkus provided updates on CFATS and TSCA. He said the report leaked regarding CFATS was embarrassing, but that was no excuse to change the program itself. As for TSCA reform, Shimkus said more stakeholders need to be involved in the process and more common sense coming from the Democratic side. Representative Quayle said he will continue to fight for the private sector and work to help small businesses grow and be more competitive in the global economy by supporting tax and regulatory policy that would benefit them. Neena Shenai provided an update on the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill and the looming deadline for renewal of duty suspension. After the reception, SOCMA C
ONNECT held a networking dinner at the Old Ebbit Grill, Washington's oldest, most historic saloon located directly across from the White House.

SOCMA’s Virtual Fly-In
SOCMA members who were unable to attend the Fly-In in person participated in a “Virtual Fly-In,” using SOCMA’s online advocacy tools to email personalized letters stating their position on policies affecting the chemical manufacturing industry to Congress.

To send a letter to your congressional representative, click here.