The Chamber’s legislative focus shifts to the nation’s capital this week as Government Relations Director Kent Wood joins members of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition for its annual legislative fly-in with federal legislators and agency representatives.
Issues on the Coalition’s agenda include:
- Discussions on regional transportation and infrastructure issues, including support for federal funding of a new Soo Lock.
- Supporting for full funding of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GRLI), which is facing significant reductions in the proposed budget from the Trump administration.
- Continued work on immigration reform, including support for lifting the current cap on the H2B Visa program to help bolster our regional workforce.
Chamber members have also asked Wood to explore with federal officials issues involving massive imports of cherries from Europe that threaten to harm the region’s cherry industry, and discuss potential changes to federal banking and financial rules.
Wood is also gathering input from businesses within the Chamber and the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance on the impact of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports being enacted by the Trump administration. Anyone with information they’d like to share can contact wood at email@example.com