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School bus contractors to meet with legislators in D.C.


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WASHINGTON, D.C. — National School Transportation Association (NSTA) members will meet with members of Congress over the next few days to discuss issues affecting the school bus industry.

The school bus contractor group's annual Spring Bus-In will be held Tuesday through Thursday in Washington. The event will include congressional meetings, NSTA committee meetings and the 10th anniversary celebration of the national Clean School Bus Program.

Scheduled speakers include Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) and other members of Congress.

“This event is incredibly important to and for our members," NSTA Executive Director Ronna Sable Weber said. "Spending time in our nation's capital as a group and focused specifically on our most pressing issues is critical to our success."

NSTA’s quarterly committee meetings are scheduled for Tuesday, ending with a group dinner and a keynote speaker. This year, NSTA will host Keith Smith, Prime Policy Group's tax policy expert, speaking on comprehensive tax reform.

On Wednesday, NSTA has more than 190 individual Capitol Hill meetings for its members with congressional representatives, organized by Prime Policy Group.

The 10th anniversary celebration of the Clean School Bus Program will be held Thursday morning with NSTA members, manufacturers, the American School Bus Council and senior representatives from the U.S. EPA. Following that, NSTA members will hear from a series of members of Congress who are "champions of their issues," association officials said.

“We are excited to welcome members to Washington, D.C., for a successful and productive week benefiting NSTA and the school bus industry,” NSTA President Magda Dimmendaal said.

Along with Dimmendaal, NSTA President-Elect Tim Flood, Government Relations Chairman John Corr and Association and Industry Development Chairman Rob Nelson will be in attendance.


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