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Board Members Take AIA Issues to Capitol Hill – Now You Can Too
By Andrew Goldberg, Managing Director, Government Relations & Outreach
Members of the AIA National Board of Directors didn’t just select a Gold Medalist & discuss repositioning while in Washington, DC for their December meeting. Many Board members also took the opportunity to visit Capitol Hill to advance the AIA’s federal policy agenda.
Board members met with members of the House and Senate and their staffs to discuss several key issues, including:
• Advancing legislation to improve federal design-build policies
• Maintaining incentives for energy efficient design
• Blocking attempts to roll back sustainability goals for federal buildings
• Addressing the growing financial burdens from education loans on architecture students and graduates.
These meetings on Capitol Hill made a huge impact as lawmakers are beginning to contemplate what issues will be tops on their agenda come January. The AIA is working to ensure that architects remain part of the debate – and now you can help.
With Congress expected to depart town by the end of the week for the rest of the year, now is the perfect opportunity for you to make your own voice heard back home. You can meet with your legislator at already-scheduled events, such as town hall meetings or holiday events and appearances. Check your legislators’ websites and your local paper to see when they will be in your hometown.
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.
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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