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Local motorcade companies heading to D.C. to rally


Abbott bus company will join 400 motorcade companies in D.C. to rally for federal aid.{ }
Abbott bus company will join 400 motorcade companies in D.C. to rally for federal aid.
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ROANOKE, Va. (WSET)-- Canceled trips across the state are causing the busing industry to take a huge hit. Abbott buses is heading to D.C. on Wednesday along with 400 companies from across the country.

Abbott buses said the American bus association is coordinating the rally in hopes to bring federal aid to the industry. The buses are told to line up behind each other around 10 a.m. Wednesday at the capitol, in what officials say may span in an 8 mile protest.

Abbott was suppose to have one of their busiest season, but due to the pandemic they had to cancel more than 2,000 trips. The company had been forced to lay off more than 100 workers to stay in business. The manager believes law makers should help out during this time.

“We need to let congress know that we’ve been a neglected industry in all of this, and all of the bailouts they have been given. That we’re here, and we provide an important service for the nation” John Abbott the Manager of Abbott Buslines said

Senator Warner's office commented on the rally happening.

“As discussions on a future economic package continue, I will be joining a group of Senators in urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to consider providing aid to this struggling sector.”

ABC13 was told letter was sent prior to the rally .

Count on us to update you on what comes of this rally for the local busing industry.

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