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We Need Your Help This Congressional Recess

By Amanda Stratton, Manager, Grassroots & Advocacy Outreach

Congress is working on key bills concerning architects and the profession, and we need your help to get the word out. The August congressional recess offers you the perfect opportunity to do so by meeting with your legislators in person!

Face-to-face communication with members of Congress and their staff is the most effective way AIA members can advance our issues. Legislators bring your stories back to Washington and take them into account when considering policies that could impact architecture firms and the built environment.

You may be concerned that scheduling a meeting with your legislator’s office is more than you can handle, but AIA Advocacy is here to help. The AIA team here in DC has prepared tools and resources to quickly and easily get your meeting scheduled, including a draft scheduling request and talking points.

Think you don’t have the time to set up a meeting? It is easier than you think – I have created the 7 easy steps to setting up an in-district meeting. Follow these steps and you will be at your meeting in no time!

The recess occurs from August 5 to September 8, meaning legislators will be in the home districts for more than a month. This gives you plenty of time to schedule a meeting with the lawmaker or a member of their staff. You can even meet with your legislator at already-scheduled events, such as town hall meetings or Labor Day events. Check your legislators’ websites and your local paper to see when they will be in your hometown.

Once you have set up the meeting, don’t forget to tell us about it. We want to hear your meeting summary and see photos. They may even be featured on our Facebook and Twitter sites!

Please let me know if you are able to schedule a meeting during this recess. If you have any questions about how to set up a meeting, Advocacy staff are here to guide you through the process. Contact Amanda Stratton, and she will help you get started today!

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