Last week, NPGA hosted four webinars featuring Members of Congress as a part of this year’s modified Propane Days. The webinars offered a unique opportunity to hear directly from legislators on the current state of affairs on Capitol Hill, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the political implications of the 2020 elections, and how the propane industry can most effectively advocate during these uncertain times.
The format of these calls allowed NPGA members to hear perspectives from a bipartisan group of influential Representatives from different geographic locations across the country. On the Republican side, NPGA spoke with Propane Caucus Co-Chair and member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH), and Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL), who serves as Ranking Member on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. The Democratic perspective was provided by Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Political Chairman of the influential Blue Dog Coalition and member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and freshman Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM), a member of the Blue Dog Coalition who serves on the Homeland Security Committee.
While each Representative described the unique impact of COVID-19 on their district, there was a shared desire for a return to Capitol Hill and resumption of the legislative process. As expected, both parties are optimistic about a favorable outcome in the upcoming November elections. All four Members stressed the importance of the propane industry in their respective districts and encouraged NPGA members to continue to engage their federal representatives in the coming months.
In the coming weeks, NPGA will roll out a program to encourage association members to meet with federal legislators at their local Congressional District offices and host facility tours this summer.
For more information about how your company can engage Congress on propane industry priorities, please contact NPGA’s Director of Federal Affairs, Michael Baker, at firstname.lastname@example.org.