Members of Congress, key congressional staff and agency leaders will join airport industry executives March 2-4 to discuss the latest legislative developments in aviation during the 2010 Spring Washington Conference co-sponsored by Airports Council International–North America (ACI-NA) and the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).
- 9:10 a.m.: Members of Congress, including Thomas Petri (R-Wis.), ranking member of the House Aviation Subcommittee; John Boccieri (D-Ohio), vice chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee; Dina Titus (D-Nev.); and Michael Michaud (D-Maine), will discuss their priorities and plans for the year.
- 10:15 a.m.: Administration representatives, including Art Macias, chief of staff of the Transportation Security Administration and Christa Fornarotto, deputy assistant secretary of aviation and international affairs at the Department of Transportation, will share what to expect in the coming year.
- 11 a.m.: House and Senate staff, including Melissa Mueller, legislative director for Congressman Richard Neal (D-Mass.), Jarrod Thompson, professional staff member, Senate Aviation Subcommittee, Holly Woodruff Lyons, Republican staff director and senior counsel, House Aviation Subcommittee, and David Heymsfeld (tentative), staff director, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. 12:15 p.m. Luncheon Speaker: Bob Franks, former Congressman and member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and current president of HealthCare Institute of New Jersey, will discuss his thoughts on the political landscape and what to expect from the administration and Congress.
At 6 p.m. March 3, ACI-NA will host the Commissioners Congressional Reception at the Rayburn Cafeteria in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill. During the reception, the ACI-NA Commissioners Committee will honor Congressman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) as the 2010 recipient of the Commissioners Congressional Leadership Award. Neal has been a true champion for aviation issues, including his recent efforts to successfully waive (two-year) the Alternative Minimum Tax on new private airport activity bonds, association officials said. Additionally, the winners of the 2010 scholarships will be recognized at the event.