As the congressional August recess continues and 2018 midterm elections draw near, members of Congress will spend more time in their home states and districts than in Washington D.C. between now and the end of the year. During this time, county leaders have an important opportunity to meet with their members of Congress at home and advocate for the most pressing federal issues that impact their communities.
To help county leaders advocate for their pressing priorities, NACo has released its 2018 Summer Advocacy Toolkit featuring helpful tips for communicating with members of Congress and the media, key talking points and other exclusive NACo resources detailing some of the most pressing federal issues for county governments, including:
- County priorities in a new federal infrastructure package
- Farm bill reauthorization
- National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) reauthorization
- The Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program
- The Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program
- Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) authorization
- Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) regulations
- Collection of existing sales taxes on remote and online sales
NACo encourages county leaders across the country to take advantage of these upcoming opportunities to interact with your representatives and senators and advocate for policies that directly impact your county. If you do not already have plans to meet with your senators and representative(s) while they are home, please reach out to their offices and request meetings. To schedule a meeting with a member of Congress, contact the office location nearest to you. Information on office locations can be found on Members’ websites. The U.S. House of Representatives directory can be found here and the U.S. Senate directory can be found here. You can also search for your representative using your zip code here.