Shannon Meade implements NATSO's legislative and political agenda in Washington, D.C. She also directs NATSO's political engagement efforts.

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  • Rep. Hensarling Introduces Repeal of Durbin Amendment

    Debit card reforms have been a major step in the right direction and any removal of those reforms would be a monumental step in the wrong direction for U.S. businesses and consumers.

  • Labor Update: New Overtime Legislative Strategy; Joint Employer Update with Subway Restaurants

    NATSO and its allies in the labor community have begun advocating for legislation that, rather than repealing the DOL's new overtime rule would phase in the new salary threshold incrementally. NATSO will continue urging policymakers to repeal the new law, but the chances of President Obama signing such legislation are slim. The lobbying efforts in favor of such legislation, however, helped prompt Democrats to introduce the modified bill.

  • Senators Urge USDA to Revise SNAP Rule

    Nearly 50 members of the U.S. Senate urged U.S. Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack to revise the proposed rule regarding Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, including several changes that have been advocated by NATSO.

  • Republican National Convention – Recap of GOP Platform’s Transportation Proposals

    As part of the Republican National Convention last week, the Republican Party released its platform, which lays out its vision for the next four years. Party platforms are general documents that contain principles and ideas intended to be the respective parties’ vision for the country and their priorities, rather than a strategic legislative agenda of what can actually pass and be enacted. A copy of the document can be found here.

  • NATSO Submits Formal Letter to Chairman Hensarling to Protect Debit Reform

    In a formal comment letter to Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) of the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services, NATSO’s government affairs team expressed concerns with proposed legislation to repeal debit swipe fee reform, commonly referred to as the “Durbin Amendment.”

  • Legislation Introduced to Move Biodiesel Blenders Credit to Producer Level

    On July 13th Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced legislation that would repeal the biodiesel blenders' tax credit and replace it with a producers' credit beginning in 2017, keeping the credit in place for three years through 2019. The credit would only be available to domestically produced biodiesel.

  • House Committee Approves Spending Bill; Provisions Would Block Harmful Labor Initiatives

    The House Appropriations Committee on July 14 approved the fiscal year 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services funding bill with provisions that would prohibit the Labor Department from enforcing several labor initiatives opposed by the travel plaza and truckstop industry.

  • NATSO Members, Merchants Coalition Oppose Repeal of Durbin Amendment

    Many NATSO members joined more than 120 companies representing a broad cross-section of the U.S. economy in urging Members of Congress to reconsider legislation that would repeal debit card fee reforms implemented under the Durbin Amendment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act.

  • House Subcommittee Approves Spending Bill; Would Block Harmful Labor Initiatives

    The House Appropriations Subcommittee for Labor, Health and Human Services approved a fiscal year 2017 spending bill with provisions which would block several labor initiatives that stand to hurt the travel plaza and truckstop industry.

  • House Committee Passes ADA Reform

    The House Judiciary Committee on July 7 approved H.R. 3765, “The ADA Education and Reform Act,” which would rein in the number of frivolous lawsuits filed against businesses under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

  • NATSO, Merchants Coalition Oppose Repeal of Debit Reforms

    NATSO joined more than 160 national and state trade associations representing retailers and employers, in voicing strong opposition to H.R. 5465 and language in the CHOICE ACT that would repeal the debit reforms in the 2010 financial services reform legislation known as the Durbin Amendment.

  • Overtime Rule Hurts Small Businesses, Witnesses Testify Before House Committee

    Small businesses may soon be forced to lay off employees, reduce benefits and lower wages to cover the costs of implementing the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) new overtime rule, small business owners testified before the House Committee on Small Business.

  • Debit Card Swipe Fee Reform is Under Attack

    There is a coordinated effort underway to repeal debit card swipe fee reform known as the Durbin Amendment. This is a serious concern for the travel plaza and truckstop industry, which has benefited from the certainty, transparency, and competition that the Durbin Amendment provided into the debit card payment system market. If these efforts are successful, debit card swipe fees would likely skyrocket again.

  • Speaker Ryan Unveils Regulatory Reform Agenda

    As part of a broader Republican policy agenda before the November elections, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) unveiled a regulatory reform agenda that outlines a number of policy proposals aimed at reining in federal regulations and giving Congress more power over regulators and authority to approve or reject major rules.

  • Congressional Hearing Explores Impact of Overtime Rule

    The Department of Labor’s (DOL) final Overtime Rule will make it harder for small businesses to grow and create jobs as well as harm the employees it is designed to help, a panel of experts testified before the House Committee on Education and Workforce.

  • Key Lawmaker Proposes Repeal of Durbin Amendment

    Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) Chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services, announced that he will introduce legislation in the coming weeks to overhaul significant parts of the Dodd-Frank financial regulations.

  • NATSO Issues Overtime Rule Analysis and Compliance Guide

    NATSO issued a detailed analysis and compliance guide for the Department of Labor's Overtime Eligibility Rule issued May 18, 2016.

  • Members of Congress, Government Officials Push for Transportation Funding Fix

    Members of Congress and former transportation officials are pushing for a long-term funding fix for the Highway Trust Fund.

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