NEC Notes
February 2020
to the February 2020 edition of
The New England Council's E-Newsletter.

Upcoming Events
Congressional Roundtable with
U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch
Monday, February 10, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Hampshire House
Boston, MA

Congressional Roundtable with
U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas
Friday, February 21, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Bedford Village Inn
Bedford, NH

Congressional Roundtable with U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Seaport Hotel | Lighthouse Room

Recent Events
Capital Conversations with 
Rep. Jim McGovern
On January 16, Representative McGovern spoke to NEC members in Washington, DC, at a Capital Conversations breakfast hosted by K&L Gates.  The Congressman shared his insights on matters expected to come before Congress in the coming weeks and months.  He is pictured here (C) with Amy Carnevale and former Rep. Bart Gordon, both of K&L Gates.  
Congressional Roundtable with 
Rep. Lori Trahan
Rep. Lori Trahan spoke to over 130 Council members at a Congressional Roundtable breakfast hosted by The Hampshire House in Boston on January 27.  The Congresswoman highlighted some of her legislative priorities for the year ahead and her efforts to promote bipartisanship in Congress.  She is pictured here (L) with Lily Hsu of Labour é College.
Congressional Roundtable with 
Rep. Lori Trahan
Halfway through her first term in the House of Representatives, Rep. Trahan reflected on her first year on Capitol Hill, and shared her views on some of the current issues before Congress.  The Congresswoman is pictured here with Brigadier General (ret.) Jack Hammond of the Red Sox/MGH Home Base Program.   
Congressional Roundtable 
with Rep. Annie Kuster
Rep. Annie Kuster addressed NEC members at a Congressional Roundtable Breakfast at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College on January 31.  She is pictured here (R) with Christiana Thorton of New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation.  
2020 Washington Leaders Conference
Limited Hotel Blocks Available; Members Encouraged to Make Advance Travel Arrangements
Plans are well underway for the Council's 2020 Washington Leaders' Conference, which will take place on May 13 & 14 in our nation's capital.   he conference agenda so far includes:

May 13, 2020
  • Welcome Luncheon at the Ronald Reagan Building
  • Afternoon Committee Meetings
  • Evening Capitol Hill Reception
May 14, 2020
  • Congressional Breakfast at Charlie Palmer Restaurant
  • Late Morning/Early Afternoon Committee Meetings
Registration will open in the next several weeks.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available - contact Larry Zabar for more information.  
Baby News: Welcome Jack Malone!
Council Family Welcomes New Member
Please join us in congratulating Sean Malone, Director of Federal Affairs in the Council's Boston office, and his wife, Nicole, on the birth of their son!

John Timothy "Jack" Malone
Born January 22, 2020, 12:58 a.m.
6 pounds, 13 ounces
20 inches
Council Launches Quarterly Federal Policy Briefings
NEC Policy Staff Brief Members on Federal Policy Activity
On January 14, 2020, the Council launched its new Quarterly Federal Policy Briefings, where our policy staff provide timely updates to members on current and upcoming federal legislative and regulatory activity in Washington, DC.  If you were not able to participate, a PowerPoint presentation outlining the topics covered is available using the link button below.  If you are interested in learning more about what was covered during the briefing, we encourage you to reach out directly to the Council's staff, as listed on the final slide, and we would be happy to update you on the issues that are of interest to you.  We are grateful to the many members who participated in the first briefing, and look forward to continuing this new initiative.  Stay tuned for the next briefing, tentatively slated for April 2020.  If you have any questions, please contact Emily Heisig
NEC in the News
Op-Ed Outlines 2020 Wish List for Congress
NEC President & CEO Jim Brett outlined several areas where action from Congress in 2020 will support the New England economy in an op-ed that appeared in several publications in January.  Specifically, Jim urged Congress to invest in infrastructure, support investment in offshore wind and other clean energy, and ensure banking services for the cannabis industry.

Policy Committee Updates
Financial Services, Transportation Committees to Hold 2020 Planning Discussions in February
Several of the Council's Policy Committees will be holding 2020 Planning Discussions via conference call over the next several weeks.  The purpose of these calls is to brainstorm about priorities, initiatives, and programming for each committee over the course of the year.  Please use the links below to RSVP for any of the planning discussions that are of interest to you:

Financial Services Committee Planning Discussion
Thursday, February 13, 2020
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Committee Staff Contact: Griff Doherty

Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Planning Discussion
Thursday, February 6, 2020 
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Click Here to RSVP
Committee Staff Contact: Peter Phipps
Former FERC Commissioner Addresses Energy & Environment Committee
On January 6, 2020, the NEC Energy & Environment Committee gathered for its first meeting of the year, welcoming guest speaker Cheryl LaFleur, a former FERC Commissioner.  Commissioner LaFleur highlighted several key issues that will be on FERC's agenda in the year ahead.  Following her presentation, the committee held a planning discussion to brainstorm about priorities and programming for 2020.  The meeting was hosted by Holland & Knight in its Boston office.  For more information, please contact Sean Malone.
Financial Services Committee to Meet with Rep. Lynch
On Febru ary 10, 2020, the NEC Financial Services Committee will host a small group discussion with Rep. Stephen Lynch, a member of the House Financial Services Committee.  The meeting will take place at 10:00 a.m. at the Hampshire House, immediately following the Council's Congressional Roundtable breakfast with the Congressman.   For more information, please contact Griffin Doherty .  
Higher Education Committee Meets with Rep. Lori Trahan; Holds 2020 Planning Discussion
Members of the NEC Higher Education Committee had the opportunity to meet with Rep. Lori Trahan, a member of the House Committee on Education & the Workforce, on January 27, 2020.  The small group discussion followed a Council-wide Congressional Roundtable with Rep. Trahan, hosted by The Hampshire House in Boston.  Rep. Trahan briefed members on matters before the Committee this year, as well as her own education policy priorities.  

The following day, the committee held a 2020 planning discussion via conference call to identify and discuss priorities for the committee for the year ahead.   For more information on either of these meetings, please contact Taylor Pichette .
Council Urges Senate to Support USMCA, Lauds Passage
On December 14, 2020, the Council sent a letter to all members of the region's Senate delegation urging them to vote to approve the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).  This advocacy builds on the NEC Trade Working Group's support for the new trade deal, which makes much-needed updates to NAFTA, over the past year.  In the letter, the Council stressed the important trade relationships with Canada and Mexico, which support over 600,000 jobs in New England.  On January 16, the Senate voted 89-10 to approve the agreement.  This follows the House's passage of legislation to implement the deal in December, and President Trump signed the bill on January xx.  
For more information, please contact Peter Phipps.
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