OCBC and Association of California Cities – Orange County, just wrapped up its Annual Once Voice, Two Capitols Advocacy Trip to Washington, D.C., which took place yesterday and today. Many topics were up for discussion, including the status of the Federal Highway Trust Fund, the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, and the status of John Wayne Airport’s Port of Entry application. After meeting with Representative Darrell Issa, Rep. Linda Sanchez and Rep. Loretta Sanchez, OCBC commends their support of HR 1051, which would designate JWA as a Port of Entry — saving millions in added fees and greatly expanding trade opportunities for Orange County. Furthering the discussion on international trade, the White House Council of Economic Advisors identified Trade Promotion Authority as one of the most critical issues to tackle this year,which the President has said is just as important as passing the Affordable Care Act. OCBC supports this effort as it will open new markets for Orange County exporters and help build on the current strength of the region’s trade industry.
Keeping with OCBC’s 2015 theme “Secure the Future,” the delegation also met with Senator Jeff Flake and Rep. Scott Peters to discuss the future of cyber security legislation and protections for business and consumers. Additionally, as Orange County is the medical device capitol of the world, delegates obtained assurance from the White House that the administration will work with the business community on alternatives to the Medical Device Tax. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.