OCBC members met with the Office of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez yesterday to discuss John Wayne Airport‘s (JWA) designation as a Port of Entry. The airport applied to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for the designation last November and the process for approval has been slow moving. The congresswoman reiterated her support for the designation as a key issue as it would be a major economic boost for the airport and the county’s economy. In order to get the process moving faster, Congresswoman Sanchez included an amendment to the CBP Authorization Act, H.R. 3846, requiring applications for airports with over 100,000 international travelers to be priority–JWA serves 150,000 international passengers annually. The amendment was accepted and the bill is currently in the Senate awaiting passage. OCBC is a leader supporting this issue and encourages senators Boxer and Feinstein to make quick passage of this bill a priority during the current session, otherwise the process restart in 2016.