June 8, 2015

NAM/MSCI 2015 Washington, DC Fly-In A Success

MSCI President and CEO Bob Weidner, Vice President of Finance and Government Affairs Jonathan Kalkwarf and Washington Representative Julie Cram joined MSCI members and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) in Washington, DC last week for a fly-in to discuss the federal public policy issues that affect the U.S. metals and manufacturing industries. 

According to NAM, more than 400 individuals, representing diverse array of businesses, participated in the event. In all, the group held more than 200 meetings with federal policymakers and their staffs to discuss Trade Promotion Authority, currency manipulation, comprehensive tax reform, the research and development tax credit, highway funding and Environmental Protection Agency regulations. 

Kalkwarf, Cram and MSCI members participated in a total of 15 meetings with lawmakers from Pennsylvania, Illinois and Alabama. One MSCI member even held several unscheduled meetings with lawmakers who have a poor voting records on MSCI issues. These meetings will form a foundation to begin a dialogue on the importance of their vote to the manufacturing and metals industries. After the meetings on Capitol Hill, Weidner hosted a dinner for MSCI members. The group discussed the day’s visits and MSCI’s broader public policy advocacy program. 

On the second day of the event, participants heard from U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and Senate Republican Policy Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY). 

The National Association of Manufacturers has already announced the date for its 2016 fly-in. Mark your calendars for June 7-8 – and we will see you in Washington!