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Opposition to Federal Regulation is Focus of PIA Month In-district Lobbying

When members of Congress go on a month-long recess this August, America's Main Street insurance agents will follow them back to their home districts, keeping...
July 31, 2007

August is Political Involvement and Advocacy Month!

August 8 is PIA District Lobbying Day!

When members of Congress go on a month-long recess this August, America's Main Street insurance agents will follow them back to their home districts, keeping the pressure on them to defeat the National Insurance Act of 2007.

For the second year in a row, the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) has declared the entire month of August as Political Involvement and Advocacy Month and designated August 8 as PIA District Lobbying Day.

PIA members - local Main Street insurance agents - will be asking their elected representatives to oppose The National Insurance Act of 2007 (H.R. 3200, S. 40). In addition, they will express opposition to proposals to repeal the insurance industry's limited antitrust exemption under the McCarran-Ferguson Act.

"Our message during August will focus on the broad, organized campaign now underway by the supporters of optional federal charters to tear down the structure of state insurance regulation and replace it with a new structure - under federal regulation - that would benefit a few major players, at the direct expense of most participants in our industry including Main Street insurance agents," said PIA National President Donna Pile.

Pile said that few Members of Congress would ever look a local Main Street insurance agent from their district in the eye and tell them they are going to vote against them. "That's why all of us need to contact our Members of Congress and let them know that a vote for federal regulation of insurance is a vote against all the Main Street insurance agents in their district."

As part of the month-long series of activities August 8 has been designated as District Lobbying Day, a nationwide series of in-district visits with Members of Congress, together with a simultaneous online grassroots lobbying campaign. To get involved, just click on the links above. If you have questions, contact Kellie Bray at kelliebr@pianet.org.