WASHINGTON -- The industry impact of proposed changes to the composition of coins was the key focus of the National Automatic Merchandising Association's Capitol Hill Advocacy Day on April 29.
Led by Eric Dell, NAMA's senior vice-president of government affairs, the delegation included Craig Kushner, president of Monumental Vending (Beltsville, MD ), who is a NAMA board member, and David Meyers, owner of Jades Vending (Rockville, MD) and past president of the Maryland-DC Vending Association.
The meetings, with members of Congress and staff who serve on the House Financial Services Committee, focused on policy discussions regarding the U.S. Mint's ongoing research on proposed new metallic coin content.
"We led discussions with Congressional representatives and their staffs who have direct involvement on the future of the coin issue presently before the U.S. Mint," said Dell.
The group also worked to introduce lawmakers to the industry and educate them on the economic impact of the vending and refreshment services industry to the national economy and their Congressional districts.
"On my first visit to advocate on Capitol Hill for the industry, I was impressed with the genuine interest and support for the vending and foodservice industry by both staff members and members of Congress," said Meyers. "I feel like my participation made a difference and I urge others to join the government affairs division for one of the monthly advocacy days."
"It was nice to meet two local Maryland Members of Congress and inform them of Monumental is doing in their districts and how potential changes in the content of coins will detrimentally impact the industry affecting jobs and small business in their districts" Kushner added.