Congressman Bill Foster (D-Ill.) visited Greater Chicago I-55 Truck Plaza in Bolingbrook, Ill., Aug. 10 to discuss issues of importance to the truckstop and travel plaza community. The visit, which was facilitated by NATSO, was part of the NATSO Government Affairs team’s push to put truckstop and travel plaza owners and operators in direct contact with their congressional leaders.
Greater Chicago I-55 General Manager Robin Puthusseril and Rep. Foster, who serves on the House Committee on Financial Services, discussed the high transaction fees that retailers must pay each time a customer uses a credit card; retailer challenges as they comply with the EMV shift — the move to align credit and debit cards with proprietary chip technology — and the need to keep the biodiesel tax credit at the blender level.
Site visits allow Members of Congress to see and experience first-hand the business operations and engage in a discussion about the successes and challenges that operators face as an industry.
The election year marks a key time to visit with elected officials as they spend time in their districts.
NATSO members who wish to facilitate a congressional visit to their location are urged to contact Shannon Meade, NATSO’s Senior Director of Government and Political Affairs at 703-739-8566.
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