From the Willard to the Wharf:

Why Your Voice Needs to Be Heard in Washington

Join Other 3PL Leaders in Washington, D.C. at the 2019 3PL Policy Forum

Chris Burroughs | TRANSPORTATION INTERMEDIARIES ASSOCIATION

On June 11-12, 2019, TIA will be hosting its annual Policy Forum in Washington, D.C., where more than 100 members of the Association travel to our nation’s capital to walk the halls of Congress and advocate on behalf of their businesses and the 3PL industry. If you have never experienced the 3PL Policy Forum, it truly is a thrilling event. As integral leaders of the 3PL industry and constituents of your elected officials, your voice resonates throughout Congress as advocates for your $186 billion industry. TIA is aware of the value and benefits your businesses bring to the overall economy of this great nation, and we need to continue to drive that point home with members of Congress and keep them apprised that the 3PL industry is a force to be reckoned with.

The term “lobbying” originated in the British Parliament and referred to the lobbies outside the chambers where wheeling and dealing took place. In the United States, at the historic Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C., when President Ulysses S. Grant was in office (1869-1877), the halls were filled with city dwellers asking for favors. President Grant would frequent the Willard for an evening brandy and cigar, and while there, would be hounded by interested stakeholders asking for legislative favors during his administration.

TIA members who participate in the Policy Forum are no different than those citizens who lobbied President Grant more than 140 years ago. They had specific interests and legislative goals, as does TIA. Now, more than ever, we need all 538 members of Congress when dealing with transportation policy to ask the question,“What would TIA think?”

TIA is excited about the 2019 Policy Forum as we have a new hotel for our base of operations – the luxurious InterContinental Washington D.C. – The Wharf located just minutes away from Capitol Hill. Not only is the hotel gorgeous, but the bustling neighborhood includes great restaurants, bars, and the Anthem music hall. Additionally, we have booked a private tour of the Library of Congress for all attendees. You don’t want to miss this bucket list tour which includes viewing the Gutenberg Bible and, directly from Thomas Jefferson’s personal library, the first map to use the term “America” for the New World.

But wait, there is more. TIA staff are planning a beer tasting event with House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and TIA has invited U.S. DOT Secretary Elaine Chao to speak at the Policy Forum as well.

On the agenda for this year’s Policy Forum, TIA will continue to advocate for creating a National Motor Carrier Selection Standard to provide clarity and certainty on the motor carriers we utilize, while improving highway safety. 2019 will be a key year for transportation and infrastructure funding and will be a top priority for Congress as the authorization for highway and transit spending expires in 2020. Congress will likely address this issue in 2019 to create some distance from the impending 2020 Presidential Election. This will also offer us our best opportunity to include the National Motor Carrier Selection Standard as part of this reauthorization bill. In addition, there are more thn 100 new members of Congress, who need to be educated on the value and impact the 3PL industry plays on the overall American economy.

Please stand up for your industry and join us in Washington, D.C. June 11-12, 2019 and walk the marble floors of Congress with your peers to advance our legislative goals. To register, please visit www.tianet.org and click on the meetings tab.

Chris Burroughs is Vice President of Government Affairs with TIA. He can be reached at burroughs@tianet.org.

Image courtesy of Library of Congress