US news website The Hill has named Bill Miller, President and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA), and Chris Cylke, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, to its annual Top Lobbyist list. The list highlights “the people who stand out for delivering results for their clients in the halls of Congress and in the administration”.
“This recognition,” the association said, “comes at the end of the gaming industry’s most challenging year, where historic wins in Washington played an essential role in our recovery.”
Throughout the year, the AGA helped secure the historical inclusion of gaming in the CARES Act, which provided tax relief; opened up access to essential capital; provided direct economic assistance to millions of American employees and their families; and provided tribal governments with crucial stabilisation funds.
The association has persuaded the Small Business Administration to overturn the Paycheck Protection Program’s restrictive rules, enabling small gaming companies with size-eligibility to participate in this critical lifeline.
The Congressional Gaming Caucus, led by Reps. Dina Titus (NV-01) and Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14), also increased to 35 bipartisan representatives from 18 states, and continued to create congressional and administration champions.
In addition, the AGA worked to safeguard sports betting from federal interference, including during AGA’s July testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Concluded by the association: “The AGA—with Miller and Cylke’s leadership—continues to fight for additional COVID relief from Congress and advance priorities to accelerate gaming’s recovery.”