Austin Chamber’s delegation of 65 members were in Washington D.C. from June 11-13 for our sold-out Federal Advocacy Visit. From the moment the group landed in D.C., they had a whirlwind slate of meetings, convenings, and events spanning across every facet of Federal Advocacy.

Day 1: Legislative Day

Congressional Briefings - Sponsored by Ascension Seton

Our Federal Advocacy Visit Delegates had a packed day one in DC, starting with congressional briefings with our Central Texas Delegation sponsored by Ascension Seton featuring Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Rep. Chip Roy, Rep. Greg Casar, and Senator Ted Cruz.

After lunch, our delegation went to The Hill, breaking into smaller groups for meetings with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's Staff, Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Rep. Joaquin Castro, Rep. Chip Roy, Rep. Greg Casar, Rep. Pete Sessions, Rep. Michael Cloud, Rep. Sam Graves' Staff, Rep. Mark Veasey's Staff, Rep. Colin Allred's Staff, Senate Finance Committee Staff, House Education and Workforce Committee Staff, Senate Commerce Committee Staff, House Ways and Means Committee Staff, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Staff.

Day 2: Executive Office Visits

After the breakfast panel, our delegates separated into groups for executive branch and federal department visits including the Office of Public Engagement, Office of Infrastructure, Department of Transportation, Department of Education, and Department of Commerce. We closed out the trip with an AI-Focused Lunch Panel featuring Addie Cooke, AI Public Policy Lead at Google, Ayaz Minhas, Privacy Policy Manager at Meta, and Matt Rimkunas, Congressional Lead at OpenAI, sponsored by Texas State University.

It was an incredible trip full of great conversations, valuable connections, and lots of learning. Thanks to our flight sponsor Southwest for getting us there and back safely and on time!

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