Fly-inEquipment manufacturers convened in Washington, D.C. last week to advocate for the industry’s top policy priorities, and to remind lawmakers of the importance of the industry to communities across the country.

Dozens of member company executives and AEM staff met with roughly 100 members of Congress during three packed days in the nation’s capital. They urged Congress to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), reauthorize Federal surface transportation programs, and defend the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

“We are proud of the continued success of AEM’s Washington Fly-In and the opportunity for our industry to speak with one voice,” said Dennis Slater, president of AEM. “Our member companies are our best advocates because they know how decisions made in Washington affect what happens on the factory floor.”

Highlights from the week’s meetings included sit downs with Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), and David Perdue (R-Ga.), and Reps. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), Mike Conaway (R-Texas), Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.).

“It is critically important that we, as industry leaders, engage directly with Congress on the issues that impact our industry,” said Scott Harris, vice president of Case IH and vice chair of AEM’s Government and Public Affairs Committee. “It was great to see so many colleagues participate in this year’s Washington Fly-in and make a difference on behalf of our industry.”

The week kicked off with policy briefings by AEM staff and remarks by the Brookings Institution’s Bill Galston on the causes, consequences, and responses to political polarization in American politics. Participants were also treated to a rooftop reception (featuring the best view of the White House!) with special guests, including Reps. Ron Estes (R-Kan.), Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), Jim Hagedorn (R-Minn.), and John Joyce (R-Pa.).

The week concluded with a fundraiser for AEMPAC.

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