APGA Members Visit Capitol Hill

By Dave Schryver posted 05-09-2019 12:41 PM

APGA members traveled to Washington, D.C. on May 7 and 8 to meet with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. APGA holds an annual Government Relations Conference in Washington, D.C. as part of the Spring Board and Committee meetings.

In addition to receiving updates on key natural gas issues, another critical component of this event is APGA members meeting with their congressional delegations. Having congressional representatives hear directly from their constituents on key issues of interest to public natural gas systems has greatly helped APGA’s advocacy efforts. As has occurred in previous years, many members of the APGA Public Gas Policy Council attended this year’s event to participate in meetings on the Hill. The Public Gas Policy Council is made up of elected and appointed officials from public gas communities. Nominations for new members of the Public Gas Policy Council will be sent out in the fall.

At this year’s meeting, APGA members met with over 50 congressional offices to communicate their views on important legislative issues. Issues that were raised on Capitol Hill included: reform of Section 5 of the Natural Gas Act; repealing Section 433 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which bans the use of fossil fuels in new and renovated federal buildings beginning in 2030; and, reauthorization of the Pipeline Safety Act. On May 7, the day concluded with a reception in the Senate Agriculture Committee hearing room, which was well attended by congressional staff and representatives from many of the energy trade associations that APGA works with.

In 2020, APGA’s Spring Board and Committee meetings, including member meetings on Capitol Hill, are scheduled for May 3 - 6. For questions on this article, please contact Dave Schryver, APGA staff by email at dschryver@apga.org or by phone at 202-464-2742.