Friday, March 02, 2012

Industry readies for Railroad Day on Capitol Hill

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Railroad Day on Capitol Hill is Thursday, March 8, and the Railway Supply Institute is urging RSI members, and indeed all pro-rail interests, to "help educate policymakers on the positive impact our job-producing industry has on the U.S. economy."

Registration and schedule information is available through the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) website. Specific supplier-related concerns or other RSI matters can be addressed by contacting RSI Assistant Vice President, Government Affairs Nicole Brewin, Tel.: 202-347-4664; Email: brewin@rsiweb.org.

"RSI and other railroad association representatives attend scores of meetings on Capitol Hill each year, but when our company representatives come to Washington they put a real face and a real story on issues that affect suppliers," RSI says. "You will be set up in meetings with lawmakers from your state(s), and, as a constituent, you can describe how any proposed new laws and/or regulations will affect your business and your ability to compete. This is also a great opportunity to network with your rail industry colleagues.

The day will start with a morning briefing on relevant legislative issues, followed by meetings with elected officials and their staffs, and ending with a reception and dinner at the Renaissance Washington D.C. Downtown Hotel at 999 Ninth Street, NW.