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PIA District Lobbying Day is Wednesday, PIA Month is Underway!

For the second year in a row, PIA members across the nation are making August a month for action. PIA has declared the entire month...
August 6, 2007

Grassroots Action Alert--Act Now!For the second year in a row, PIA members across the nation are making August a month for action. 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 meeting with their Members of Congress during the August congressional recess. Far from being a bad time to lobby, August is a great time for PIA members to "connect" with Members of Congress, while they are at home in their districts.

This year, the stakes are higher as a coalition of banks, securities firms and large life insurers has mounted a well-financed special interest campaign to create a massive new federal insurance bureaucracy. PIA members will be asking their elected representatives to oppose The National Insurance Act of 2007 (H.R. 3200, S. 40), which calls for a so-called optional federal charter for insurers and the creation of a federal insurance regulatory bureaucracy in the Treasury Department.  In addition, PIA members will ask officials to oppose attempts to repeal the McCarran-Ferguson Act's limited antitrust exemption for insurance.

Get Involved!  

PIA Month consists of a series of suggested activities you can engage in locally, to support and form relationships with your elected officials and federal candidates. As part of the month-long series of activities for PIA Month, August 8 has been designated as District Lobbying Day, a nationwide series of in-district visits with Members of Congress.

But remember: What you choose to do and when you choose to do it is completely up to you, and the schedules of your Congressman, Senators and candidates. For more information about how you can get involved, visit the Political Involvement and Advocacy Month and  District Lobbying Day web pages.

If you are not able to schedule in-person visits, you can make your views known online. PIA has prepared a series of online grassroots alerts for use in conjunction with District Lobbying Day and Political Involvement and Advocacy Month. To send your message right now, simplyvisit PIA National's Online Grassroots Action Center.