ORBA Meets With Congressional Leadership
Off Road Business Association BOD Chairman, Greg Adler president/CEO of Transamerica Auto Parts, and Fred Wiley, President/CEO of the Off-Road Business Association, recently met with the U.S. House of Representative Speaker John Boehner and local House member David Valadao (21st district CA) to discuss the Off-Highway Vehicle community and public lands access.
"It's not often that the opportunity presents itself when you can have the attention of congressional leadership where you can put a face on who we are and what we do. Just finding common ground in a friendly and positive way can go a long way towards building a relationship," said Wiley when asked about the meeting.
Speaker Boehner talked about the difficulties of moving legislation in a manner that makes good sense. In addition, he shared insight about the 24-hour news cycle, the difference between the reporting agencies and how facts don't always seem important. Boehner also spoke about the challenges of leading, when facts need to be considered, due to national security. The time spent with the Speaker helped bring some clarity as to why simple legislation is so difficult to move in Congress.
Congressman David Valadao of the 21st District is proud to show you a picture of his ATV. He is an advocate for motorized recreation and has supported issues to help maintain Pismo and Oceano Dunes riding areas. He is currently co-sponsoring a bill in the House to reopen the Clear Creek Recreation Area that was closed by the BLM and EPA. Bill number H.R. 1838 is titled the Clear Creek National Recreation Area and Conservation Act. ORBA, along with other national OHV organizations, supports H.R. 1838.
The meeting represented a continuing effort by the Off Road Business Association to share our passion for motorized recreation and look towards policy as the front-line in maintaining motorized access on our public lands.
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ORBA is a national non-profit trade association of motorized off-road related businesses formed to promote and preserve off-road recreation. ORBA proactively protects recreation access and opportunities by ensuring that America's families are not arbitrarily denied the right to responsibly recreate. ORBA provides leadership in addressing land use issues by advancing policies that conserve the environment while at the same time providing off-road recreation opportunities.