Over 30 Die Casters Go to Washington DC. More than 100 U.S. metalcasters, including 30 die casting representatives, visited Washington, DC, to attend the 2009 Metalcasting Industry Government Affairs Conference, which was May 4-5 at the Capitol Hilton, Washington, DC.
Attendees heard from U.S. Congressmen and policy experts on key industry issues and met with their members of Congress to discuss the impact pending laws will have on their business and the industry. The issues discussed included card check, cap-and-trade legislation, health care reform and mandated leave benefits.
The two-day event featured presentations from Dr. Peter Morici, an economist from the Univ. of Maryland, who provided an overview of the 2009 Economic Outlook and the role of the new Administration in fixing the economy. Attendees also had the opportunity to hear from several members of the U.S. Congress, including the ranking member of the Budget Committee, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and newly-elected Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY). Congressman Guthrie is the first metalcaster in more than a decade to serve in the U.S. Congress.
“Thanks to the many industry members who joined us in Washington,” said NADCA Board vice chairman Leonard Cordaro. “Their presence made a difference and helped paint a well-informed picture of the state of our industry for members of the U.S. Congress.”