Now is the time to register for the 2023 GMA Fall Lobby Days taking place November 14-15, 2023 in Washington DC. Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) members will have the opportunity to meet with their congressional representatives, hear from invited guests and learn how the election impacts the makeup of the 118th Congress. Visitors are welcome – check the registration page for details.
With the passage and funding of the Bi-Partisan Infrastructure Bill (BIL), our focus in the spring moved to the reauthorization of the FAA, in particular the possibility of a Center of Excellence (CE) for Geosynthetic Sustainability Research. While the current FAA authorization is set to expire in September, the most likely scenario is that the reauthorization discussion will still be ongoing in November. Several of the congressional offices last fall requested that we provide language for inclusion into this reauthorization. With that in mind, we have provided language that would create a center of excellence similar to those included in the BIL. Good attendance will ensure that we can visit as many congressional offices as possible to further promote the infrastructure benefits of geosynthetics and the inclusion of the CE.
Many Members of Congress are now advocating for our industry, in large part, due to GMA’s consistent lobbying efforts along with the support and involvement of GMA members. It is critical that GMA members continue to educate members of Congress about national issues affecting their company including the recent Build America, Buy American (BABA)guidance from the Office of Management & Budget (OMB).
Plan to join us in these congressional conversations and register your intent to attend. We make every effort to schedule meetings with your individual congressional delegation, so to ensure that we provide a timely request, please register early and include your local district information that we can gain meetings specific to your locations.