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PIA's "Capitol Hill in Your Backyard" Begins

The heat will be on Members of Congress during the month of August as members of the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) meet...
August 3, 2010

The heat will be on Members of Congress during the month of August as members of the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) meet with their elected representatives at home in their districts.

For the fifth year in a row, PIA has designated the entire month of August - when Members of Congress are back home - as a time for intensive lobbying of House and Senate members. Dubbed "Capitol Hill in Your Backyard," the month-long effort has as its focal point PIA District Lobbying Day on August 17.

"Everybody knows that Members of Congress escape from Washington, D.C. every August and go back to their districts," said PIA National President Jon D. Spalding. "But there is no escaping the concerns of professional insurance agents across America. We're keeping the heat on Congress by demonstrating to our lawmakers that PIA members - their constituents - are politically aware, active and involved."

During Political Involvement and Advocacy Month, PIA members will focus on several priority issues, including passage of a five-year extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP); opposition to all proposals for federal insurance regulation including an Optional Federal Charter; and support for a coordinated natural disaster catastrophe program that does not compete with the private market.

"The conventional wisdom is that nothing happens in Congress during the month of August, but that's wrong," said PIA Executive Vice President & CEO Len Brevik. "Members of Congress are holding town hall meetings and other events in their districts, to gauge how their constituents feel about legislation. And this year, most of them are also running for re-election. Far from being 'dead time,' the month of August is prime time for Main Street insurance agents to advance their agenda in a very effective way."

There's Still Time to Get Involved! If you can't schedule a meeting during August, you can send your member of Congress a pre-written, fully editable letter here. Letters on PIA's major issues are all there.

Click here for more information on how to get involved and bring Capitol Hill to Year Backyard this August.

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