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Don’t Give Up – 4 More Recesses Remain

By Amanda Stratton, Manager, Grassroots & Advocacy Outreach

Didn’t get a chance to meet with your legislator over the August recess? Don’t despair – you still have four more recesses in the remainder of the year to get your meeting in!

The AIA needs you to continue to work to schedule meetings with your legislators in the rest of 2013. There are a number of important issues that will be covered this fall, and we know you want to make sure that architects have a place at the table. Legislators will be home during the following periods, giving you ample opportunity to get a meeting on the books:

    • September 21-29

    • October 12-20

    • November 9-11

    • November 23-December 1

    • December 14 – December 31

Many legislators on the East Coast even come home every weekend, so use their time in the district to your advantage.

The AIA has provided the tools you need to make the scheduling process as easy as possible. Submit your scheduling request using the language in our draft request form, and brush up on the 7 Easy Steps to Scheduling an In-district Meeting. The AIA team here in DC has even prepared talking points for you to use during the meeting, which will be continually updated as the issues change.

If you get a meeting with your legislator, 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 us know if you are able to schedule a meeting with your legislator during the remainder of the year. If you have any questions, Advocacy staff are here to help guide you. Contact Amanda Stratton, and she can provide you the tools you need today!

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