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Chamber Advocates for Automotive Industry and Other Member Priorities in Washington, D.C.

October 3, 2023

Last week, Detroit Regional Chamber’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Sandy K. Baruah, and its Government Relations team members visited Washington, D.C., to meet with Michigan’s elected officials, advocate for strong economic development policies in Michigan, and stand up for Michigan’s automotive industry.

Business Impact of the UAW Strike

Though Michigan’s congressional delegation was aware of the immense economic impacts of the strike, the Chamber used this visit to provide additional insight and context on its growing severity and reach. Michigan is making some progress with EV manufacturing in the U.S., but past success does not guarantee future accomplishments. The Michigan delegation must use its influence and abilities to encourage a fair resolution that ensures long-term viability for Michigan and its signature industry.

The Detroit Regional Chamber's Government Relations team with U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga

The Chamber’s Brad Williams, Sandy K. Baruah, and Adam Majestic with U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga.

Preventing a Shutdown

The Chamber team also advocated for the continued funding of the federal government to prevent another economic crisis. The delegation was receptive to the Chamber’s concerns with the majority voting in favor of a short-term funding of the government Saturday night that averted a shutdown and therefore will keep borders secure, TSA functioning, and approximately 54,000 Michiganders on the job.

Great Lakes Metro Chamber Coalition

Finally, the Chamber advocated to fully fund a new Great Lakes icebreaker for the Coast Guard, protecting the Great Lakes through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and ensuring the Great Lakes region is granted opportunities to host tech hubs through the U.S. Economic Development Administration, and create robust Amtrak service through the Great Lakes region. These efforts were conducted in partnership with peer regions through the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition. Learn more about the Chamber’s advocacy work at