The Carpet & Rug Institute's recent Annual Capitol Hill Visits and Salute to the Georgia Delegation Legislative Reception in Washington, D.C., attracted the largest delegation in the eight-year history of the event, according to CRI. In a day and a half of back-to-back meetings, the group of 11 participants, working in two teams, met with a total of 25 Congressional representatives and staff from Georgia, Tennessee, Louisiana, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and California, to discuss issues of interest to the carpet industry and the North Georgia region.
Participants discussed with lawmakers the need for increased consistency in legislation and a unified energy policy that would enable companies to formulate long-term financial plans. Participants included: Werner Braun, Frank Hurd and Jennifer Mendez, CRI; Rick Hooper, Shaw Industries; Joe Foye, Mohawk Industries; Larry Cook, Beaulieu; Peter Bailey, J&J; Brian Anderson, Dalton/Whitfield Chamber of Commerce, Noel Black, Georgia Power, and Jeremy Stroop, Carpet America Recovery Effort.
"Businesses across the U.S. are sitting on their expansion plans; sitting on their new hires, because they don't know what the U.S. Congress is going to do to them next," said CRI President Werner Braun. "That's a message that hit home with representatives from both sides of the aisle."
Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn. said of the visits, "I like American business and I'm glad to know that the carpet industry is a big part of that."