What We Learned: 2018 Legislative Fly In

Throughout the 2018 AED/EDA Legislative Fly In, attendees had the incredible opportunity to listen legislators and top policy experts discuss some of the most important legislative topics that affect our industry.  If you missed your chance to hear from the pros, here is a recap of what you missed!

Our first panel dove into one of our top issues as an industry:  infrastructure.  Our panel included Missouri Congressman Sam Graves, Dean Franks, Senior Vice President, Congressional Relations of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, Catie Kawchak, Director of Infrastructure, Innovation, and HR Policy at the National Association of Manufacturers, and Robbie Boone, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs at The Farm Credit Council.  They discussed infrastructure investment, including prospects for a substantial infrastructure package, the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund addressing rural infrastructure needs and what the equipment industry can do to make a massive infrastructure package a reality.

Our second panel topic was equipment manufacturers.  Panelists include Daryl Bouwkamp, Senior Director of International Business Development and Government Affairs, Vermeer, Jonathan Miller, Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs, The Volvo Group, Chris Meyers, Director of International and Federal Government Affairs, Caterpillar, Inc., Steven Nadherny, Vice President of Government Affairs, CNH Industrial, John Rauber, Director of North American Public Affairs, Deere & Co., and Nick Yaksich, Senior Vice President of Government and Industry Relations, Association of Equipment Manufacturers.  The panelists shared their insights about their companies’ policy priorities and how they’re planning to be successful in the current political environment.

Our third and final panel covered tax and trade.  Our panelists included John Murphy, Senior Vice President for International Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Janice Mays, Managing Director, Washington National Tax Services.  While tax reform legislation is in the rearview mirror, many key provisions are only temporary, necessitating future congressional action.  Also, given the speed at which Congress considered the bill, corrections and adjustments are inevitable.  Mays provided information on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and what this means for the equipment industry.  Despite the economic growth accelerating, the Trump administration’s trade agenda has many in the business community uneasy.  Murphy shared his thoughts on renegotiations to the NAFTA agreement, and what we can expect with exemptions to Canada and Mexico.  Another topic of discussion during the panel were the proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum.

If you are interested in attending next year’s Legislative Fly-In, please contact Alexis Strieker, Director of Government Relations, at astrieker@equipmentdealer.org.