The Jefferson Chamber of Commerce took the fight to delay the implementation of flood insurance rate hikes to the nation's capital over the weekend as over 70 Chamber members participated in the Washington Mardi Gras.
While the Chamber hosted three events in conjunction with the festivities, which included parties, a parade and a ball, the group also met with members of the state's congressional delegation and key members of the U.S. Chamber staff and discussed issues critical to the Jefferson business community.
"I think the most pressing issue and this is an issue we've been working on for months is the delay of the ridiculously high flood insurance rates that FEMA's putting into place," says Jefferson Chamber President Todd Murphy.
"We join with about 260 organizations across the country trying to make sure that that's delayed, and I think we're getting some good news on that as each day progresses that in fact that will be delayed," Murphy said.
Other issues discussed included legal reform, immigration, health care, energy and economic development.
Murphy says the trip was paid for with private dollars.