Small Business Subcommittee Chairwoman Renee Ellmers released the following statement from her office in Dunn this afternoon:
"I'm excited to report today on the inaugural meeting of my Transportation Advisory Council. Business leaders and job creators throughout my district have come out to share their ideas and concerns with me on how federal policies are affecting their progress. With over forty business representatives participating, this is only the start to what I'm sure will be an effective new platform and avenue to generate progress in our local economy. "
On Wednesday, Congresswoman Renee Ellmers held the first meeting of her Transportation Advisory Council in Sanford, North Carolina. Over 40 local business owners and representatives from the trucking, rail, and concrete sectors turned out for a productive dialogue on the challenges facing their industry. Many issues were discussed, including the tolling proposal on Interstate 95, rising fuel costs, the North Carolina gas tax, and the transportation reauthorization bills passed in the House and Senate.
Ellmers submitted a stand-alone bill, H.R. 4174 the "No Tolls in North Carolina Act of 2012," in March. This is the first step in the legislative process of making it a law. Congresswoman Ellmers has generated the bipartisan support of many members of the North Carolina delegation and continues to advance this legislation in order to protect citizens and businesses from the crippling harm the tolls would cause.
The Transportation Advisory Council will meet at least once a year while updating the Congresswoman's office on issues affecting the industry.