A delegation of NATE members met with South Carolina U.S. Senator Tim Scott during the Association’s Member Congressional Fly-In taking place this week on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. L to R: Richard Cullum (TSC Construction), Dr. Gemma Frock (NATE), Senator Tim Scott, Molly Cooper (eSystem Training Solutions), and Pat Cipov (Cipov Enterprises). Scroll down for additional photographs of NATE members meeting with legislators.
Ninety representatives from NATE member companies converged in Washington, D.C., this week to participate in the Association’s 2023 Congressional Fly-In event on Capitol Hill. On Wednesday, May 17, NATE members demonstrated their grassroots prowess by participating in approximately 120 individual meetings with Members of Congress and their respective policy staff.
During the meetings, NATE members advocated for the industry’s priorities, such as workforce development, broadband funding, streamlining the permitting process and agency delays to expedite the deployment of communications infrastructure, commercial spectrum access, network security/supply chain issues, tower safety and reducing regulations on small businesses.
Additionally, NATE members heard remarks from U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (Tennessee), U.S. Representative Kevin Kiley (California), and FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr during a closing reception held in the ornate, historic Mansfield Room at the U.S. Capitol.
“This was a great week for NATE to help move the needle on the Association and industry’s priorities on Capitol Hill,” said President & CEO Todd Schlekeway. “I would like to say a special thank you to our member participants, industry coalition partners, U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives, and Congressional Staff for helping make the Fly-In event a success.”
NATE was proud to present the Association’s 2023 Legislative Champion of the Year Award to Washington State Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Capitol Hill. The Association said they appreciated Rep. McMorris Rodgers championing policy issues important to the communications infrastructure industry. L to R: Dominique Valdez (Wireless Construction Solutions), Heather Gastelum (T-Mobile), Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers, Jim Tracy (Legacy Telecommunications), Todd Schlekeway (NATE), and Chris Memmott (Triple M Enterprises).
Christopher Mika, at right, from Novatech Construction, Inc met with Pennsylvania Congressman John Joyce during the Association’s 2023 Congressional Fly-In Event.
Above, left, Ken Clark from Engineering Wireless Services catches up with Arizona U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema during the 2023 NATE Member Congressional Fly-In taking place this week on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. In the photo at right, Jesse Petrilla from Petrilla Technologies spends a few minutes with Speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy.
New Hampshire U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (left photo) took time to meet with NATE Chairman Victor Drouin (left) from Green Mountain Communications and NATE President & CEO Todd Schlekeway. In the photo at right, Darrin Wagner, (left( from TEST Communications met with House Majority Leader and Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise.