USIFI, GMA lobby for industry interests

Members of the United States Industrial Fabrics Institute (USIFI) are invited to take part in USIFI’s annual Lobby Days, held each year in Washington DC, early in the congressional session. This year’s meetings took place Feb. 25–26.

The 2013 event included visits to 52 Senate and House offices and a group meeting with the Democratic and Republican trade counsels of the Senate Finance Committee, with 20 participants from 13 companies attending, educating Congress members and staff about issues facing the U.S. technical textile industry.

Specifically, USIFI members asked for continued support of the Berry Amendment, support for USIFI efforts to obtain the most favorable treatment possible for sensitive industrial textile tariff lines in the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, and passage of the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) legislation.

The Geosynthetics Materials Association (GMA) held its spring Lobby Days March 19 – 20. There were 15 members representing 12 companies attending this year’s meetings with Senate and House offices.

The leadership of GMA recognized that its voice must be heard by the policymakers who are responsible for the infrastructure projects vital to our industry. GMA believes that it is essential to educate decision makers and demonstrate how geosynthetic products can help build better, faster and cheaper than traditional materials only.

To that end, GMA has developed a robust government relations program that is having a direct impact on issues that are important to the geosynthetic industry. Issues discussed during the congressional meetings included:

Geosynthetic liners in coal ash waste sites;

Environmental and engineering solutions that geosynthetic materials bring to the shale gas extraction industry;

Strategic discussions related to the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) reauthorization; Continued relationship development with members of Congress.

Everyone involved in geosynthetics, members of GMA and nonmembers alike, are encouraged to become engaged, educated and committed to its advocacy efforts.

Visit the GMA website for additional information.