NATSO Day on Capitol Hill


On May 14-16, members of the truckstop and travel plaza community will travel from across the United States to Washington, D.C., to educate their elected officials about the critical role the truckstop industry plays in the U.S. economy as well as to discuss key industry challenges. 

Congress has the power to make business better.

But it also has the power to make business worse.

If Congress doesn’t hear from the private sector about its issues and concerns, there’s no reason to believe that Congress will make decisions that improve the business climate. 

To ensure that lawmakers understand and respond to the needs of the truckstop and travel plaza community, it is vital that NATSO members play an active role in the political process.

Register for NATSO's Day on Capitol Hill 2019 here. Please contact David Fialkov at (703) 739-8501 or with questions.

NATSO Day on Capitol Hill 2019 will be held at the Westin Georgetown. Rooms may still be available in the NATSO room block at the Westin Georgetown but rooms are sold out on several nights. Contact Pamela Hayes at for assistance.

Detailed Schedule:
Arrive: Arrive in Washington late on Monday, May 13 or the morning of Tuesday, May 14.

Tuesday, May 14

Government Affairs Committee Meeting
10:00 am - 12:00 pm   
Dupont Room

NATSO Foundation Board Meeting
10:00 am - 12:00 pm 
Thomas Room

Kick-off Lunch: 2020 Election
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 
Washington Ballroom
During the welcome lunch, NATSO is privileged to have one of the best political analysts join us to discuss the 2020 election and what to expect and look for as the race takes shape in the coming months. Jim Ellis has worked in politics for over thirty years at the state and national level and is well respected for his perspective on complex election cycles.

Education: The Future of Fuels and the Transportation Sector Panel Discussions
Washington Ballroom

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm 
Following lunch, NATSO is pleased to host some of the leading experts on the future of fuels and transportation policy. NATSO will welcome Greg Cohen, President of the American Highway Users Alliance; Tim Lynch, Senior Director at Morgan Lewis, which represents independent drivers; and David Heller, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Truckload Carriers Association to share the outlook for potential infrastructure legislation this year.

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm  
Following that panel, representatives from the biofuels industry, including Allison Cunningham of the Natural Gas Vehicles for America, John Fuhrer of Growth Energy and Michael McAdams of the Advanced Biofuels Association, as well as the electric charging space, David Schatz of Charge Point, will discuss with NATSO's David Fialkov how each of those industries sees its future and what legislative and regulatory hurdles lie ahead within the fuel space.

Issues Briefing
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm 
Washington Ballroom

Welcome Dinner hosted by Chairman's Circle
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 
Cocktails at 6:30 p.m. on the Courtyard, followed by dinner in Promenade.

Wednesday, May 15

Depart for Rayburn Building
7:30 a.m. 
Depart from the Westin Georgetown using NATSO's Uber credits, arriving in time for 8:00 a.m. Congressional speaker and breakfast. 

Congressional Breakfast with Congressman Tom Cole (R-Okla.)
8:00 am
Rayburn Room 2168
On the morning of Wednesday, May 15, attendees of NATSO's Day on the Hill will be treated to the inside-the-beltway scoop from Congressman Tom Cole (R-Okla.). During the Congressional breakfast, Capitol Hill veteran Cole will talk about the political landscape in Washington, D.C. and what truckstop operators can expect from Washington in the coming months. 

Capitol Hill Appointments 
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

NATSO's Congressional Pie Reception
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm 
Rayburn Foyer

Thursday, May 16
NATSO Board Meeting
9:00 a.m. to noon 
Thomas Room

Depart: Depart on Thursday, May 16 if you aren't a member of the NATSO Board of Directors or a Chairman's Circle member. NATSO Board meeting participants should plan to depart after 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 16. 

NATSO’s annual Day on Capitol Hill marks the biggest opportunity for members of the truckstop and travel plaza industry to speak with lawmakers before they vote on legislation that’s bound to impact your future success. The more you participate, the more Capitol Hill understands our industry and welcomes our positions on critical policy decisions before they are made!

Thank you to these Day on Capitol Hill sponsors:

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Contact David Fialkov at (703) 739-8501 or with questions.