Associated Industries of Missouri visits Washington DC 2022
July 22, 2022 - Members of Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM) visited members of the Missouri Congressional Delegation earlier this week in Washington, D.C.
Attendees included John Frederick (The Boeing Co.), Dan Harbeke (Google), Gail Hinshaw (The Mountain Complex), Dr. Mark Miles (Orscheln), Rod Reid (Shepherd Hills Factory Outlets), Candice Allen (AIM staff) and Ray McCarty (AIM president and CEO).
The group met with representatives from Sen. Roy Blunt and Sen. Josh Hawley's offices on Monday. On Tuesday, the group met with Congresswoman Ann Wagner, Congressman Billy Long, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, Congressman Jason Smith, Congressman Sam Graves, and a representative from Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler's office.
Congressman Emanuel Cleaver and Congresswoman Cori Bush were unable to make time in their schedules for a meeting. Congresswoman Bush was one of several congressional members that were arrested in a protest that same day (see article HERE).
The group heard the congressional delegation's thoughts about many current federal issues. Included in the discussions:
Increasing cost of fuel and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF);
Potential federal oversight of state workers' compensation programs;
Impact of burdensome federal regulations and other actions by federal agencies based simply on agency guidance documents and not federal statute or regulation;
"Right to Repair" legislation that would allow modification of devices without knowledge of manufacturers and dealers;
SEC's proposed climate disclosure regulation and the interplay with "environmental justice" lawsuits;
"Card check" labor legislation favored by President Biden;
Impact of inflation on highway construction and federal funding for highways;
American competitiveness with China and other countries;
Tax increases on businesses (including the $14.5 billion chemical tax in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act); and many other topics.
"This was a chance for our members to be heard by those at the very top level of the federal government and we greatly appreciate the time committed by our elected representatives to meet with us," said Ray McCarty. "We believe they and their staff shared many of our concerns and we appreciate the ongoing dialog we will have with them, particularly as the federal government shows no signs of retreating from their assault on Missouri businesses."