Chamber, OneVoice partners advocate federal priorities in D.C.

More than 60 Tulsa-area business leaders and regional elected officials last week accompanied the Tulsa Metro Chamber for its fifth annual Tulsa Regional Washington, D.C. Fly-In. The group attended a number of meetings and discussions to advocate the OneVoice federal agenda, which represents the top 2012 legislative priorities for the Chamber and its 55 regional partners.

“We discussed a number of items that are not only significant to our region, but the nation as a whole, including transportation funding,” said Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Chamber. “We had great meetings with our delegation, other members of Congress, policy experts and U.S. Chamber leaders. When we can stand united, as residents of Northeast Oklahoma, and as business people, and voice our needs and concerns to lawmakers, it makes a significant impact.”

Advocacy for the 2012 D.C. Fly-in focused on four primary issues: transportation reauthorization, regulatory environment, small business issues and health care reform. The packed two-day agenda included meetings with U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe; U.S. Reps. Tom Cole, Dan Boren, John Sullivan, James Lankford and Bill Shuster (PA-9); Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt; the U.S. Chamber and a number of policy experts.

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