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Meet with Your Congressman This Halloween

By Amanda Stratton, Manager, Grassroots & Advocacy Outreach

Now that Congress is back to work, the AIA needs you to tell your Congressman about the things that are important to your profession! Congress needs address specific policies that affect architects by the end of this year, like the 179D energy-efficient commercial buildings tax deduction. This important deduction will expire at the close of 2013 if Congress doesn’t act, and we know you want to make sure that architects have a place at the table for discussions that affect you and your business. The perfect opportunity has arisen to do so: starting on Halloween, members of the House will be home through November 11!

This gives you nearly two weeks to get an opportunity to make your voice heard. And don’t just assume you can only get a meeting in the legislator’s district office – great meetings happen in all sorts of places! A great place to start is to look for appearances in your local newspaper. Because this recess includes Veteran’s Day, be on the lookout for scheduled legislator presences at parades and ceremonies.

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 upcoming recess. 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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