White House signing ceremony
On March 9, R. Craig Silvertooth, NRCA's director of federal affairs, and I joined guests invited to the White House to witness the signing of the economic stimulus legislation. President Bush signed the Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act of 2002, supported by NRCA, in the Rose Garden.
About 100 people attended the event, including Vice President Dick Cheney, House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.). Attending Cabinet officials included Secretary of the Treasury Paul O'Neill and Secretary of Commerce Don Evans. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao and her senior staff also were present providing an excellent opportunity to discuss the Department of Labor's (DOL's) agenda for the coming year.
NRCA member attends administration conference