Top government affairs representatives from the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds plan to join their counterparts from the RV Industry Association on June 3 in face-to-face meetings with members of Congress.
On Capitol Hill Advocacy Day, RVIA members visit with members of Congress and their staffs to increase awareness of the RV industry at the federal level and focus attention on issues that impact the RV market. The Government Affairs staff at RVIA schedules these appointments, provides briefing materials, and accompanies members on visits.
Capitol Hill Advocacy Day is being enhanced this year with the day being capped by a special inaugural reception honoring the Senate RV Caucus featuring Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), who co-chair the group.
A hearing room in the Hart Senate Office Building will be transformed into a campground setting where RVIA members will mingle with special guests from the U.S. Senate, Capitol Hill staff and allied trade associations.
The reception will feature four campfire-like settings with different themes around the reception room which guests will visit while enjoying a picnic atmosphere.
Members of ARVC’s Public Affairs Committee plan to evaluate the collaborative effectiveness of the meetings and may recommend including them in future ARVC National Issues Conferences, Paul Bambei, ARVC’s president and CEO said in a news release.
“While many industries include a day on Capitol Hill as part of their annual meetings in D.C., very few can claim the widespread success of our Capitol Hill Advocacy Day, which has raised the profile of both the RV industry and RVIA in the eyes of Congress,” said RVIA President Richard Coon.
In the past few years, the relationships cemented at Advocacy Day have increased membership in the House RV Caucus, facilitated Congressional support for the axle weight increase for motorhomes, the renewal of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), the motorhome sales tax deduction, the SBA pilot program, and several other industry initiatives, according to the release.