SOCMA Plans June Visit With Lawmakers On Capitol Hill

May 8, 2018
SOCMA members will visit Capitol Hill for the Specialty Chemical Industry Fly-in, where they will meet with lawmakers and federal regulators.

Members of the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) will visit Capitol Hill on June 5-6 for the Specialty Chemical Industry Fly-in, where they will share key insights about the industry and how government policies impact their ability to remain competitive and positively influence the U.S. economy.

"We are excited about the opportunity our members will have to meet with lawmakers and federal regulators to discuss critical issues impacting the specialty chemical industry," says Robert F. Helminiak, vice president, legal & government relations. "Our members are innovative by nature, and the products they make improve our society and economy in a profound way. It is essential for our members to have an opportunity to voice their thoughts and concerns about policy issues and share ideas about ways they can better work together with lawmakers and regulators on areas of mutual interest."

This year's Fly-In also provides new programming opportunities for SOCMA members. "On June 5 we will meet with federal agency staff such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Small Business Administration and U.S. Trade Representative," says Helminiak. "In the afternoon, we will host internal SOCMA committee meetings for our International Trade, Environmental, Health and Safety and Government Relations Steering committees. And, we will end the day with a reception in the Rayburn House Office Building, where Congressmen and Senators will be invited to mingle with our members."

On June 6, SOCMA will be on Capitol Hill, conferring with lawmakers about issues important to their businesses, including how their companies benefit the communities and the local economy within their districts. They will also participate in thematic meetings with congressional committee staff, where the dialogue will revolve around specific legislative issues affecting SOCMA members and the specialty chemical industry such as trade, including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), China and the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), and Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) reauthorization.

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