Members of the NRC board of directors, Policy & Legislative Committee and staff met on Capitol Hill on April 10 with U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO, center blue tie), who is Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and U.S. Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX, center red tie), who serves on the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure and Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials and is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.

NRC Members Meet with Lawmakers on Capitol Hill

Members of the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Board of Directors, its Policy & Legislative Committee, and staff met with key lawmakers on Capitol Hill on April 10 to discuss issues impacting the railway industry.

The NRC delegation held meetings with U.S. Senators and Representatives and staff from committees with jurisdiction over rail transportation and infrastructure policy and funding. The goal of the meetings was to build relationships with decision makers and to educate them about the work of contractors and suppliers and their investments that drive safety and productivity improvements.

“Lawmakers are sometimes unaware of the significant role railway contractors and suppliers play in the safe and productive operation of our nation’s railways,” says Ashley Wieland, president of the NRC. “These meetings helped us share our story and establish an ongoing dialogue so lawmakers will look to the NRC and its members for information to guide their decisions.”

Wieland said all NRC members also are encouraged to join with hundreds of other railroad industry professionals on May 8 for Railroad Day on the Hill. This annual outreach to Capitol Hill lawmakers is a valuable opportunity to connect with elected officials and others in the industry and to share your story to benefit the freight railway industry.

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What our members say…

As Chair of the new NRC Policy and Legislative Committee, I see opportunities for us to make a greater impact on the future. Our committee is exploring new ways to participate while further examining issues that affect our member companies. We realize not everyone can attend events, such as Railroad Day, so will be offering other opportunities for employees of our member companies to get involved.

Curtis Bilow

Vice President, Business Development

Ames Construction Co.

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