D.C. Fly-In

Washington, DC

14 May 2019

16 May 2019

D.C. Fly-In

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce recently took its advocacy efforts to Washington, D.C., in support of private-sector job creation, international trade, and creating more opportunities for economic prosperity. The Florida Chamber’s delegation included business leaders from across Florida, representing small businesses and Florida’s largest employers.  

Spearheaded by the Florida Chamber’s advocacy team, the “D.C. Fly-In” took place while the nation’s Capital celebrated National Infrastructure Week, and fell on the heels of the Florida Chamber’s reinforced undertaking of it’s long and steady infrastructure and growth leadership efforts through the Florida Infrastructure Coalition. Discussions on international trade, Hurricane Michael relief, federal staffing for Florida’s ports and bringing Space Command to Florida were also a part of the power-packed agenda.

Led by Florida Chamber Chair Bob Grammig, Partner, Holland & Knight, LLP, Charley Caulkins, Chair, Florida Chamber of Commerce Policy Council; Partner, Fisher & Phillips and Husein Cumber, Chair, Florida Chamber of Commerce Political Council; Chief Strategy Officer, Florida East Coast Industries, Florida Chamber members participated in briefings with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Israeli Embassy, White House senior staff, and the U.S. Department of Transportation in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation and the Florida Transportation Builders Association.

One of the highlights from the 2019 D.C. Fly-In was dinner with Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott. The dinner was sponsored by Brightline.

Florida Chamber members also attended a reception with Florida’s Congressional delegation  in partnership with the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and Florida International University.                   

Meetings also took place with several members of Florida’s Congressional Delegation including Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, Congressman Michael Waltz, Congressman Vern Buchanan, Congressman Dan Webster, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart and Congressman John Rutherford.

Additionally, Florida Chamber members met with Ambassador C.J. Mahoney, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, where they expressed support for Congressional action on the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement, and how imposing additional tariffs could put Florida’s economy at risk.

The Florida Chamber’s Federal Advocacy team will be traveling to Washington, D.C. again for additional meetings with Florida’s Congressional Delegation to ensure our business community continues to be heard. For details, please contact Daniel Tapia at dtapia@flchamber.com or (850) 521-1206..

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