We greatly appreciate your taking time out of your busy schedule to participate in Lobby Day 2013: Raising Our Voice For Change on October 17. Your efforts now, and year round, are critical to our initiatives to enact NELA’s legislative and public policy priorities. This year’s Lobby Day will focus on our top priorities, the Arbitration Fairness Act of 2013 (AFA) and the Civil Justice Tax Fairness Act of 2013 (CJTFA). There may be an opportunity for some Lobby Day participants to meet with their legislators on other NELA priorities, and the NELA Staff will contact you if the occasion arises.
Why is it so important that you are coming to Washington? Here are a few time-tested reasons:
“All politics is local.”
Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Tip O’Neill (D-MA)
“When I feel the heat, I see the light.”
Former Minority Leader of the U.S. Senate Everett Dirksen (R-IL)
“When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat.”
Former President Ronald Reagan
These sentiments ring true more than ever today. Research (and personal experience) shows that in-person visits from constituents (not lobbyists) are the most effective means of influencing a legislator’s position. This includes developing trusting, working relationships with your Senators and Representatives, and Hill Visits are the perfect way to do that!
Lobby Day Highlights
This year’s program will include two pre-Lobby Day training webinars (“How To Lobby” and “Lobby Day Issues”), a substantive orientation session featuring NELA experts and Congressional staff, a Capitol Hill reception, and a very special treat – a private tour and Rare Books showing at the Law Library of Congress. Space is limited for the Law Library event. Registered Lobby Day participants will receive an invitation and attendance will be on a first come, first served basis.
Hill Visits And State Captains
This year, we are introducing State Captains to assist in scheduling Hill Visits because we know that it is
most effective for constituents to request and schedule their own visits.
To facilitate scheduling appointments, our State Captains will
coordinate with other participants from their own state and submit one
appointment request to House and Senate offices on their behalf. Serving as a State Captain is very rewarding and fun, but not time intensive. If you would like to volunteer
to be a State Captain or assist a State Captain, please contact us.
We also encourage Lobby Day participants who have close relationships
with Members of Congress who represent other states to contact the
appropriate State Captain about joining their Hill Visits. You are welcome
to contact us for assistance. While State Captains are scheduling visits, all Lobby Day participants should prepare for these meetings.
Breakfast Orientation & Briefing Session
Please join us on Lobby Day morning at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel for the Breakfast Orientation & Briefing Session, to get a brief orientation, up-to-the-minute information on Congress, and your "marching orders" for the day. You will also pick up your final Appointment Schedules, reflecting any last-minute scheduling changes, and a hard copy of the Lobby Day Packet.
The L’Enfant Plaza Hotel is located at 480 L’Enfant Plaza SW in Washington, DC. A limited block of rooms has been reserved at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel
at the rate of $179 for single or double occupancy (plus applicable
taxes). To make hotel reservations, call the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel at
(800) 635-5065 or reserve online on the Hotel’s website, using the group code “NELA13.”
Thank You For Raising Your Voice!
On behalf of the NELA Lobby Day Team, we look forward to working with you and to seeing you in Washington! Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 898-2880, ext. 115 should you have any questions or need assistance.
Julie M. Strandlie
Legislative & Public Policy Director
Please bookmark this site and refer to it as you prepare for your Hill Visits with your legislators.