Strengthen Our Voice in WashingtonDate: March 19-20, 2013
Location: Washington, D.C.
NACS Day on Capitol Hill offers a unique and important opportunity for industry stakeholders to interact directly with members of Congress to educate them about the convenience and fuel retailing industry and discuss how legislation affects their businesses. Legislators use this information to evaluate and consider pending legislation that has the potential to impact the industry and in turn, individual businesses. The more retailers who attend this March event, the louder the message.
Members of Congress value the knowledge that we bring to them. Legislators want to hear from business owners to learn about their industry and to understand how proposed legislation can positively or negatively affect businesses in their districts and states. Your voice can significantly influence the laws and regulations that affect our industry. Because members of Congress often base their voting decisions on feedback they receive from constituents, there's nothing more impactful than telling your story directly to the individuals who make the laws €" and they need to hear from you. The NACS Government Relations team makes educating Congress easy and worry-free by providing all of the support you need.
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When you join us for NACS Day on Capitol Hill, you'll be briefed on the following issues to prepare you for conversations with members of Congress and their staffs:
Swipe Fees. Visa and MasterCard are on Capitol Hill telling legislators that the recent €œsettlement€? resolves the dispute over swipe fees and that everything is done. We will set the record straight.
Fuels Liability Reform.Retailers want to be able to sell new fuels, like E15, in a reasonable and legal manner. We need Congress to help protect our industry from misfueling liability and prevent retroactive liability if a fuel sold today is later deemed a defective product.
Mobile Commerce. Mobile commerce is coming to the market fast and furious, but the security systems that will ensure our customers are well protected are not yet compatible. We need Congress to investigate the current market and identify the control points that must be addressed.
The number of issues and industry representatives that members of Congress are involved with every day is large. So, what happens if In addition to the important messages our industry is delivering to legislators, you'll have the opportunity to learn more about Congress and how it operates from two U.S. representatives on March 19:
U.S. Representative Linda T. Sanchez (D-CA) is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over U.S. tax policy (all tax policies must originate in the House of Representatives). In addition, Rep. Sanchez is the top ranking Democrat on the House Ethics Committee, which conducts oversight proceedings to ensure that all elected officials and their staff adhere to strict standards of ethical conduct.
U.S. Representative Peter J. Roskam (R-IL) serves as the Chief Deputy Whip and works to secure support for legislation that is considered by the House of Representatives. A key member of the House Republican Leadership team, Rep. Roskam has unique insights into the agenda and the policy priorities that the House will pursue this Congress. He also serves on the powerful Ways and Means Committee.
Elected officials rely on the input and knowledge of their staff to fully understand the intricacies of the issues they support, such as how motor fuels regulations affect a convenience store operation. On Tuesday afternoon, hear from a panel of veteran congressional staff on why grassroots makes a difference and how your time visiting with members of Congress is vital to the legislative process.
We begin Tuesday evening with a congressional reception in the Cannon Caucus Room, the oldest of all congressional assembly rooms with it a rich history of events. During the reception, attendees will network with industry peers and meet with dozens of legislators and their staff. Then, it's on to the International Spy Museum for a private tour and cocktail reception. The Spy Museum is home to artifacts from the most clandestine of professions, including a special exhibit celebrating 50 Years of Bond Villains.