Chris on the Hill: TIAPAC – It’s Personal
By Chris Burroughs, Vice President of Government Affairs
Let me be clear right from the start, I am not asking for money for the TIAPAC through this blog post, but rather to educate you on the TIAPAC and its purpose. After learning more about the TIAPAC, I hope you will engage in our Government Affairs efforts here at TIA, and then and only then after engaging with us on our legislative efforts, if you see the value in the TIAPAC, we can talk about financially supporting the TIAPAC.
Politics are everywhere, especially with a little over 420 days left until the Presidential election in 2020. The news cycle is constantly talking about this race and who will be the Democratic challenger to President Donald Trump. Will it be Vice President Joe Biden? Senator Bernie Sanders? Senator Elizabeth Warren? Could it be someone else in the large pool of candidates running to become the 46th President? It doesn’t matter if you watch Fox News, CNN or MSNBC, politics dominate the news cycle and it is not going away, especially during this ultra-partisan period of our history.
People often ask me, why do you love politics so much and why do you do government affairs work in DC, because to them politics are toxic and lower than pond scum. For better or worse, I was almost bred for this profession. My father worked for the U.S. House of Representatives for 37 years and as a young boy, who severed as his HOV rider or “slug” during the summer and sitting in the back of Congressional hearing room as early as eight or ten years old. Listening to these politicians passionately debating an issue, something must have soaked in.
Once I was indoctrinated on Capitol Hill as a young boy and after my high-school and college years, I developed a passion to work on transportation issues by working for the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and later the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA). To me it’s a passion and I work as hard as I can for my family and the Members of TIA. So long story short, but to answer the question why do I do this? The answer is easy, its personal and it matters, the TIAPAC is no different.
The TIAPAC is personal too. It is a beacon of our membership and your industry. The TIAPAC is our Members’ voice that unites us together to share that common message on Capitol Hill with lawmakers and their staff. The TIAPAC is not a super-PAC and is not compromised of millions of dollars from corporate check books. It is 100% fully-funded from personal contributions from our Members, who personally want to see a better industry and an industry that isn’t inundated with regulations or liability traps. Legislation can and will personally affect you in a positive or negative way and therefore politics is personal and should be treated as such.
What are the funds used for? Simple, 100% of our Members’ personal contributions are used to support Members of Congress that support the 3PL industry. The TIAPAC is not a charity, but correspondingly together we are working towards a goal of making the 3PL industry better. In the end, this is truly a bipartisan effort. TIAPAC supports Republicans and Democrats, we don’t discriminate any political party, because at the end of the day they all put their pants on one leg at a time and a truck, plane, railcar or airplane are all loaded the same way as well.
Are you wondering how to get engaged with our legislative efforts? There are many ways to do this, we would be happy to facilitate a site visit with your Members of Congress to come visit your business and see the impact that you all have on the American economy. Join us in Washington, DC in June of 2020 at the TIA Policy Forum and spend two-days on Capitol Hill walking the halls of Congress. Get involved in local politics.
However you choose to get involved, have your voice heard throughout this great nation, because united we can help shape the transportation industry for years to come for the betterment of future generations. It’s personal to me and it should be to you too.
If you want more information or would like to get involved with TIA, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about TIA’s impact on Capitol Hill and how it influences your business.