Around the country, PIA members are meeting with their Members of
Congress to help shape the politics that will have dramatic
consequences on the future of their businesses. While the official
date of this event is August 16, we have to work around the
schedules of our elected officials so we're scheduling meetings
as we they are available. PIA of Louisiana's representatives
have met with Rep. Scalise on August 9, with Rep. Richmond on
August 16 and scheduled to meet with Rep. Alexander on August 24.
We're still finalizing visits with the other elected officials,
so you still have time to participate if we've not already visited
with your representative! We'll provide you with a wrap-up of
these meetings in a future issue of the Agent's Link!
While national legislation may be forged in the halls of Congress,
the ideas that are brought to Capitol Hill — and that resonate
the most with our lawmakers — come straight from constituents
on their local Main Streets. Constituents like you. That's why it
is imperative that every PIA member becomes involved in the federal
political process and educates Members of Congress, so they understand
and appreciate the views of professional independent agents.
Members of Congress rely heavily on the views of their constituents.
Because of this, any member of Congress will be thrilled to have you
in to their office to discuss insurance-related issues. Most will
ask questions, so they can learn. And the best person to learn from
is you! Generally, these meetings are very laid back and last 20-30
minutes. But don't let that undervalue the incredible importance of
what you're doing: forging a relationship with someone who votes on
legislation that impacts the future of your business.
Here's a summary of a few of the issues PIA is concerned with this year:
1. Flood Insurance:
The National Flood Insurance Program is set
to expire on September 30, 2011. The House has already passed a five
year extension with key reforms. Click
to tell your Senators to do the same!
2. Agent Compensation:
Your compensation for health insurance
sales is at risk right now and is being heavily debated at the state
and federal level. Congressman Mike Rogers (R-MI) introduced a bill
to protect your compensation and it is of utmost importance that
this bill gets passed. Tell your Member of Congress to support
H.R. 1206 by clicking
3. Crop Insurance:
The USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) employees
are trying to eliminate your job, saying agents are costly and
inefficient. They want to be the sole agency to handle insurance
claims and acreage reports. Tell Congress FSA employees are trying
to take over insurance agents' jobs! Click
to send a letter to Congress about this!
As you can see, the issues that are being debated on Capitol Hill
will greatly impact independent insurance agents. Through the
District Lobbying Day webpage
you can get a quick primer on these issues and
step-by-step instructions to make meeting with your Member(s) of
Congress easy. You know your elected officials are hearing from the
opposition and the big money interests, so it's up to each of us to
make sure they hear from their local, Main Street agents, too.
Have a question? Contact Julia Domagalski, PIA National's Legislative
Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (703) 518-1365.