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Associations – from travel to chemical manufacturers groups - were among the first to share their thoughts on President Obama’s reelection this week and the election of a new Congress.
Rea Carey, executive director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force: “What we want is a president who recognizes our lives and families and will fight for us. President Obama has repeatedly shown he is willing to do so, and we now have another four years to keep up the momentum.”
Roger Dow, CEO, U.S. Travel Association: “As a bipartisan industry that saw many travel supporters elected yesterday, we congratulate President Obama on a second term and look forward to advancing policies that will grow the economy and create jobs by increasing travel to and within the U.S. We also look forward to educating new members of Congress about the critical role travel plays in their local communities, particularly in driving the economy and putting Americans back to work.”
Craig Fuller, CEO, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association: “To those who will serve in public office, we want you to know that our deep commitment to protecting our freedom to fly has never been stronger. We look forward, at the earliest opportunity, to working with you to build and strengthen the general aviation community at the state and federal level. Your constituents and our members should expect nothing less.”
Pete Ruane, CEO, American Road & Transportation Builders Association: “We congratulate President Obama on his hard fought victory. The centerpiece of both campaigns was about growing the economy, creating jobs and getting America’s fiscal house in order. Despite the deep divisions evidenced in the election results, there are certain priorities in which we all agree. Developing a comprehensive solution for the nation’s staggering transportation infrastructure challenges is one of these areas, and is wholly consistent with the economic and budgetary priorities shared by both parties.”
Matthew Shay, CEO, National Retail Federation: “The top issue facing our nation the day after the election is the same as it was the day before the election – the economy. The U.S. needs public policy that encourages economic growth and removes barriers to job creation. As the industry that supports one out of every four U.S. jobs, retailers look forward to continuing to work with President Obama and the new Congress toward the goal of putting Americans back to work and ensuring that our economy remains the strongest in the world.”
Lawrence D. Sloan, Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates: “After a highly contested election, we are hopeful that both parties can set aside the bitterness of the campaign and address the needs of the nation. We look forward to working with the Obama administration and the 113th Congress to find common ground on advancing our industry's priorities forward."
Brian Wynne, president, Electric Drive Transportation Association: "EDTA looks forward to continuing its work with President Obama and the newly elected Congress to advance technology innovation that will diversify our transportation fuels….Policies that advance energy security through electrification of the commercial and consumer vehicle fleets should be bipartisan priorities for the administration and 113th Congress.