With a new Administration and Congress taking office in just over a month, ASA is encouraging its members to contact their Senators and Representatives now and request an in-person visit in February 2009.
“Now is the ideal time to schedule these visits because the next Congress will not be in-session February 14-22, 2009, which means our elected officials will likely be back in their respective states and districts, looking for opportunities to meet with constituents,” states Don Robertson, chairman of ASA’s Government Affairs Committee.
“When you consider that the next Administration and Congress will enact legislation on such high-priority issues as Card-Check and infrastructure spending as part of an economic stimulus package, it’s very important for both our industry and our individual companies that we all take an active role in educating our elected officials,” continues Robertson. “ASA members can help them understand how their decisions will impact the nature of our industry as well as our ability to continue to conduct business and sustain employment.”
ASA offers a comprehensive Congressional Visit Program guide to assist members who are interested in holding a visit at their places of business. Here are some simple steps to begin planning a visit: