The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s Office
of Government Affairs in Washington, DC, is open. The office is at 122 C Street
NW, just two blocks from the U.S. Capitol Building and next door to the U.S.
Department of Labor.
“The office will be the start of new inroads for us with the
nation’s lawmakers,” said Todd Spencer, executive vice president of OOIDA.
“This is the next step in ensuring that America’s truckers have the presence
and visibility on Capitol Hill that they deserve.”
Personnel from OOIDA’s government affairs office will lobby
Congress and executive branch agencies on behalf of small business truckers and
professional drivers. Their work will be done in conjunction with the
legislative and regulatory efforts of staff from OOIDA’s national headquarters
in Grain Valley, MO, and the Cullen Law Firm.
OOIDA President Jim Johnston explained, “Our numbers have
grown to more than 118,000 members and our collective voice has grown stronger.
We fully intend to dedicate the resources necessary to make certain elected
officials hear that voice loud and clear.”