Jim Burnley and Jeff Kurzweil named "Lobbying Leaders" by Influence

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Jim Burnley and Jeff Kurzweil have been named two of "Washington's Lobbying Leaders in 2002" by Influence.

Jim Burnley, representing CNF, Inc., led a coalition of transportation trade associations and companies concerned about the rulemaking process at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The coalition supported the broad emergency rulemaking power Congress granted TSA in the legislation passed in late 2001 creating the new agency. However, a Cabinet-level review committee also created by Congress to review the TSA regulations issued using the emergency authority was never activated. Through the coalition's efforts, language was included in the Homeland Security Act of 2002 requiring the review committee to act within 90 days of TSA issuance of any regulation that is not subjected to the public comment process before becoming effective. If the review committee fails to act, such a regulation is automatically suspended until the review is completed.

Through his work on the steering committee of the Coalition to Insure Against Terrorism, Jeff Kurzweil, on behalf of Marriott International and Hilton Hotels Corporation, participated in year-long efforts to support the passage of the Terrorism Risk Protection Act. The Act, signed by the president on November 26, turns the federal government into a backstop for the insurance industry in cases of extreme loss due to terrorism.

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