Your voice is strong, let it be heard.
Dear Industry Colleagues,
One of our most recent advocacy goals has been to work hard to influence
federal legislation on a number of different issues. This was a hot topic of
discussion when your association’s volunteer leaders convened at our annual
Winter Meeting this past February. ASA currently has and continues to develop a
number of tools to enable its membership to achieve this goal.
Today, if you want to see who your members of Congress are and, more
importantly, how they have voted on legislation important to our businesses,
you can do so through ASA. If you want
to review the ASA Political Action Committee’s activities or grant it
permission to solicit you (as required by law), you can do that as well by
contacting Dan, our “man in Washington.”
As a member-driven organization, consistent input from our members is crucial.
Without it, our efforts fall short. At this past February’s meeting, issues
were raised such as what our concerns were pertaining to our nation’s economy,
business environment and political leadership. This is at the forefront of our
effort in Washington,
and will remain a main focus moving forward.
In addition, at the request of our members, we have made it easier to directly
contact elected officials. Whether it is to urge President Obama to allow the
Keystone XL Pipeline in its entirety or to ask our members of Congress to rein
in the National Labor Relations Board, members of ASA have assumed their roles
as relevant stakeholders and have contacted their elected officials.
Since our association made the commitment in late 2010 to have a full-time
voice in Washington,
our presence and influence have grown exponentially. If you would like to see
for yourself, please go to the official websites of Senator Richard Lugar
(R-Ind.) or Congressman Ted Poe (R-Texas) and look at their efforts to advance
the Keystone Pipeline. Both have highlighted ASA’s support of their work in
That’s not all. In addition, Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), Senator
Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) staff
have reached out to our Washington
office to solicit our input on legislation impacting manufacturers and small
businesses. We are making a difference!
Finally, as with many trade associations, a large number of ASA’s members
journeyed to Washington, D.C. this month for the annual Legislative Fly-In to
meet face-to-face with those who are making these daily decisions.
When we complain of Washington’s
failure, we must ask ourselves, “When was the last time we contacted our
elected officials?” Have you ever sent an email or a letter on your company’s
letterhead to your member of Congress? Have you invited them to tour your
headquarters or meet with your leadership team?
Today, through ASA, all of these can be done.
I would, in fact, argue that they should be done. Please don’t hesitate
to contact Dan at 703/328-5234 for more details. Tell him I sent you!
APR Supply Co.
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