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This Year's PIA August District Lobbying Is the Most Important Ever!

Congress' annual August recess is just around the corner. And it's a good thing, because this Congressional break may be one of your last opportunities...
July 6, 2009

Congress' annual August recess is just around the corner. And it's a good thing, because this Congressional break may be one of your last opportunities to meet with your Member of Congress before they take historic votes on insurance regulation and healthcare reform. The stakes for agents could not be higher.

Don't let the term "August Recess" fool you, as it's a bit of a misnomer. Each August Members of Congress spend the month working in their districts. They hold town hall forums, attend community events, meet with their constituents, and campaign for re-election.

That's why PIA designates August as Political Involvement and Advocacy Month, highlighted by District Lobbying Day. We like to call PIA's annual nationwide grassroots campaign, "Capitol Hill in Your Backyard."

This August, we ask each PIA member to make a special effort to engage their elected officials, to promote PIA's legislative agenda and solidify our relationships with lawmakers who serve in Washington, DC.

On August 5, we ask that you meet with your Member of Congress. The goal is to get as many PIA members as possible to schedule appointments on or around August 5 to have a conversation with their elected officials or staff members in their offices. This is your chance to talk about issues that concern you as an independent agent and small businessperson. It's important that PIA's efforts on Capitol Hill must always be augmented by "back home" visits if we are to have maximum impact with federal lawmakers. It is critical that legislators hear about the consequences of proposed legislation from their constituents, on their local Main Streets.

Regardless of your previous lobbying experience, PIA will make sure that you are prepared for your meetings with your elected officials and staff. PIA will provide you with support through this website. There you'll learn how to go about setting up an appointment and what to say once you're there. We'll provide you with talking points and tips for making the most of your visit, plus thank you notes and a press release so you can let your community know that you are not just a Main Street agent, but an involved citizen as well.

For those who are unable to schedule an in-person visit, PIA National's Online Grassroots Action Center will have a message you can easily personalize and send to your elected officials showing your support for issues of paramount concern to professional independent insurance agents.

Political Involvement and Advocacy Month/ District Lobbying Day website

PIA National's Online Grassroots Action Center