2022 Government Affairs Fly-In

June 7 - 8, 2022 | Washington, D.C.


Join with metalcasters on Capitol Hill for the 2022 AFS Washington Government Affairs Fly-In, June 7-8.  This two-day conference will give metalcasting industry leaders the opportunity to hear directly from members of Congress, administration officials, and policy experts about what they can expect from Washington in the year ahead and beyond. 

This event will focus on a wide array of topics.

  • Mid-Term Elections Preview ⁠— A national political expert will walk us through the key Senate and House races, the likely outcomes, and what they mean for business!
  • Buy America ⁠— Attendees will learn about new more stringent federal Buy America procurement rules for ferrous and nonferrous castings applicable to all types of federal infrastructure projects using taxpayer funding.
  • Supply Chain Challenges ⁠— An expert speaker will brief us on AFS-backed bills to reform ocean shipping, address truck-driver concerns, and other supply-chain challenges.
  • Environmental Justice and Enforcement ⁠— Learn about EPA’s new approach on Environmental Justice and enforcement from senior EPA official and what this means for your business.
  • Critical Minerals and Materials ⁠— Chromium, magnesium, nickel, graphite, lithium, cobalt – these and other minerals are used by metalcasters or by our customers which are vital to the production of castings, but also for the batteries for EVs and so much more. A senior Department of Commerce official will discuss this issue and ways the administration is looking to increase production of critical minerals in the U.S.
  • Energy Security ⁠— Learn how the Departments of Energy and the Interior are playing an outsize role when it comes to advancing the administration’s energy and climate agenda. In the months ahead, they are expected to implement new programs and policies aimed at accelerating the energy transition against the backdrop of rising fuel prices.
  • Top 10 Emerging Employment and Safety Rules – Learn about these impending rules from the Department of Labor to be issued in the coming year and how to prepare for the shifting enforcement and regulatory priorities of this major federal agency.
  • Honoring Our Supporters ⁠— AFS will be presenting awards to certain supportive lawmakers at a reception at the prestigious Capitol Hill Club!

For information about Sponsorship Opportunities at the event, please contact Kim Farrugia at kfarrugia@afsinc.org or click here.


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  • June 7 - 8, 2022 | Washington, D.C.
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Hotel Information

Hyatt D.C.
  • Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
  • Washington, D.C.
  • $389 king or double/double plus tax

Modern accommodations located in downtown D.C., just steps from the U.S. Capitol, Smithsonian museums, and the National Mall.

400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001 United States

Phone: +1 202 737 1234

Email:  qualitywasrw@hyatt.com

Cutoff date for reservation at group rate:  Monday, May 16, 2022


2022 Midterm Election Forecast 
Jim Ellis

With just eight months until the 2022 midterm elections and control of the U.S. Congress at stake, Jim Ellis, a leading authority on U.S. elections and American political trends, will headline a roster of high-powered speakers at the AFS Government Affairs Fly-In on June 7. 

Democrats hold only a nine-seat margin in the House, and the Senate is divided 50-50, with the Vice President serving as a tie-breaking vote. All 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives will be up for grabs, with 35 of the 100 Senate seats on the ballot. Additionally, 36 out of 50 states will elect governors. Ellis will provide an analysis of the latest political polling trends, highlight key races, insights on the effects of redistricting, and much more. 

Ellis is the creator of The Ellis Insight newsletter and senior political analyst for the Business Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC). He reports on trends, characteristics, and tendencies in American elections for political action committees, associations, and legislative advocacy firms. 

Conference Agenda

Tuesday, June 7, 2022
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
10:00 - 12:30 p.m.
General Sessions

Capitol Room - Main Level

10:00 - 10:10 a.m.
Welcoming remarks

Speaker:  Eric Meyers, Chair, AFS Government Affairs Committee and CEO, Oil City Iron Works

10:10 - 10:50 a.m.
Energy: With a Global Energy Crisis, Are Changes from Congress and the Biden Administration on U.S. Energy & Climate Policies?

Speaker: Christopher Guith, Senior Vice President, Global Energy Institute, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

10:55 - 11:25 a.m.
Buy American: More Stringent Federal Procurement Rules Under Way for the Buy American Act in 2022 – What does that mean for Foundries and your Customers?

Speaker: Jason Workman, Practice Lead, Government Contracts Counseling & Litigation, Miller & Chevalier 

11:30 - 12:30 p.m.
Supply Chain Challenges: Strengthening America's Critical Mineral Supply Chain

Panelists: Duncan Wood, Vice President for Strategy & New Initiatives, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Gary Stanley, Director, Office of Materials Industries, U.S. Department of Commerce

12:35 - 2:00 p.m.
Luncheon and Keynote Address: Countdown to the 2022 Midterm Elections

Speaker: Jim Ellis, President, Ellis Insights & Senior Political Analyst for the Business Industry Political Action Committee | Introduction:  Adam San Solo, President, American Foundry Society, and Vice President Infrastructure, Neenah Enterprises

2:30 p.m.
General Sessions

Capitol Room - Main Level

2:30 - 3:10 p.m.
Environment: New Enforcement and Environmental Justice Trends in the Biden Administration
3:15 - 3:50 p.m.
Key Employment & Workplace Safety Priorities Impacting US Metalcasters & Suppliers

Speaker: Marc Freedman, Vice President of Employment, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

3:55 - 4:10 p.m.
Overview of Issue Briefs, Tips for Messaging with Lawmakers

Stephanie Salmon, Vice President Government Affairs, AFS

4:15 - 5:15 p.m,
State Breakout Sessions: Preparation for Capitol Hill Visits
5:45 - 7:30 p.m.
Metalcasting Industry Reception & Recognition Awards to Members of Congress

Capitol Hill Club - 300 First Street, S.E. - Eisenhower Room – Main Level

Join your colleagues for a Reception and Networking Opportunities

Note: Take Cab/Rideshare to Capitol Hill Club

Metalcasting Industry Congressional Champion Award Recipients

  • Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-8-WI) – House Armed Services and Transportation & Infrastructure Committees

  • Congressman Mike Bost (R-6-IL) – House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee


Wednesday, June 8, 2022
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast Session

View from the HillRep. Jake Ellzey

Congressman Jake Ellzey (R-6-TX) – The freshman lawmaker will discuss his path to public service, the current political environment, and best ways to make your points during your congressional meetings with lawmakers and staff.

Introduction: Eric Meyers, CEO Oil City Iron Works

9:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Metalcasting Industry Advocacy Day - Capitol Hill

House & Senate Congressional Visits in Pre-Scheduled Meetings

Metalcasting Hospitality Room - Capitol Hill Club - 300 First Street, S.E.

Stop by in-between your Hill meetings. Snacks and drinks available, as well as space for your luggage.

4:30 p.m.
Conference Concludes


Registration Fees

Early Registration:Early registration ends Friday, May 6.

Member: $600.00 | Non-Member: $1,000

Additional registrations: $375.00

Spouse: $250.00 | Spouse Reception Only: $100.00

Standard Registration:

Member: $750.00 | Non-Member: $1,100

Additional registrations: $475.00

Spouse: $250.00 | Spouse Reception Only: $100.00

Cancellations & Substitutions

AFS presents a variety of technical and management conferences (in both in-person and virtual formats). The refund policy for AFS conferences is as follows: 1) Substitutions are accepted at no charge at any time up until the start of the conference; 2) Full refunds are offered if AFS is notified in writing of cancellation at least 30 days in advance of the conference. No refunds or credits are available for less than 30 days written notice.