Texans Participate in the 2018 ASCE Legislative Fly-In
In March, 15 ASCE members from Texas joined 195 other members for the annual ASCE Legislative Fly-In to advocate for infrastructure and the civil engineering community. The group represented 49 states, as well as DC and Puerto Rico. Armed with their everyday civil engineering experiences, issues briefings from the ASCE Government Relations team, and insight from keynote speakers, Fly-In attendees spent an afternoon advocating for aviation, water and water resources infrastructure as well as urging Members of Congress to draft a comprehensive infrastructure bill.
During the 2018 program members received advocacy tips and tools from Brad Fitch, CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation and got an insider’s look at the various infrastructure proposals being debated by Congress from Jeff Davis, Senior Fellow and Editor, Eno Transportation Weekly at The Eno Center for Transportation.
Undersecretary for Transportation Policy Derek Kan also participated in the program with a discussion of the Trump Administration’s infrastructure plan, and how the USDOT is progressing on a variety of issues including streamlining project decision making. Ken was followed by Reps. Garrett Graves (R-LA-5) and Elizabeth Esty (D-CT-5) who provided insights on what legislators hope to hear from constituents and how best to persuade their colleagues to support infrastructure funding.
Younger Members also attended a pre-program session to prepare them for the event.
ASCE members met with roughly 270 congressional offices during the event. You can check out pictures and see what attendees had to say by using #asce2dc on Facebook and Twitter. Don’t forget to add your voice to theirs by becoming an ASCE Key Contact and support infrastructure investment. It’s never too late to make your voice heard.
Thank you to ASCE Government Relations for sharing an event recap within the March 16th edition of their weekly publication, This Week in Washington, from which this article was based.