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Cap-to-Cap delegates arrive in D.C.: U.S. Health Secretary to speak to chamber group

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Nearly 270 Cap-to-Cap delegates arrived in Washington, D.C. this weekend for the Sacramento Metro Chamber’s 41st annual advocacy program, May 7-11.

Kicking off the program on Monday will be keynote speaker U.S. Secretary of Human and Health Services Kathleen Sebelius. Health care reform and the Sacramento region’s groundbreaking community development issues are topics on the agenda.

Secretary Sebelius will speak for about 15 minutes and then do a hefty 15 minutes of direct questions from the chamber’s delegation. Considering the immense role that health care plays in our region’s economy, Sebelius’ appearance is a rare opportunity for the region’s business and civic leaders to hear directly from one of the national leaders on a topic that is consuming so much attention.

On Tuesday, the delegation will hear from former Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin, who will speak during the Cap-to-Cap program’s Leadership Luncheon on the Hill. As chief economist of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers for President George H. Bush, Holtz-Eakin is an expert on federal budget issues.

More than 240 appointments have been set with elected and administrative officials to promote the region’s pressing need for more jobs and infrastructure improvement.

"Our priority again is jobs," said Matthew Mahood, president & CEO. "That’s framed out in our hundreds of appointments where we’ll lobby for how the federal government can accelerate the rate of innovation and technology development and provide the private sector with regulatory relief."

Local coverage of the program and interviews with delegates are being reported by NewsTalk 1530 KFBK morning anchor Ed Crane. He will report at 5:18 and 7:18 a.m. PDT and other times during the morning. Visit http://bit.ly/KFBKCAP for details.

Program details and 70 Cap-to-Cap issue papers can be found at metrochamber.org/captocap.

Hal Silliman is communications director for the Sacramento Metro Chamber.

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