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Fly-in Agenda (Coming soon)
NASBP Family Day Agenda (Coming soon)
Talking Points (Coming soon)
Visiting Your Members of Congress
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs
What to do after the NASBP Fly-in Day
Thank you for agreeing to attend the National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP) Legislative Fly-in Day. The purpose of this guide is to help you prepare for your visit to Washington, DC on Wednesday, June 7. The information contained on this page will range from planning your trip to Washington, DC to making your congressional visits once you arrive in our Nation’s Capitol.
NASBP has undertaken great efforts to increase its visibility on Capitol Hill to advocate its federal government relations agenda and to remind elected officials and their staff about the important role surety bonds play in our Nation’s economy.
Legislative Fly-in Program
The event will begin the evening of Tuesday, June 6, at a pre-Fly-in reception at the Liaison Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., during which NASBP will provide talking points for Fly-in attendees.
NEW FOR 2017: The Fly-in will feature a round-table panel discussion focused on infrastructure spending. With so much talk of a potential large infrastructure spending package, NASBP has assembled several key policy makers to gain their insights and visions of what voters might expect in an infrastructure bill. The round-table panel discussion will begin the morning of Wednesday, June 7 at 8 a.m. on Capitol hill at the 121 Cannon House Office Building, where invited guests include Chairman of the U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee, Bill Shuster (R-PA-9th), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, Sam Graves (R-MO-6th) (confirmed), and Representative Scott Perry (R-PA-4th) (confirmed) who serves on T&I’s Subcommittee on Aviation. NASBP is also in the process of securing a Democrat from the T&I Committee as well. This is an excellent opportunity for NASBP fly-in attendees to learn firsthand what these key policymakers are contemplating and debating during committee deliberations relating to infrastructure spending. After the panel has concluded, the rest of the day will be devoted to your Capitol Hill appointments. Attendees
are then invited to a cocktail reception that evening back at the The
Liaison Capitol Hill where they can debrief their colleagues on their
visits that day.
This year, NASBP will be hosting a Virtual Seminar on Thursday, June 1 at 2:00 pm to discuss this year's issues and talking points. This seminar will be free to all Fly-in registrants.
NASBP staff is busy planning for this year’s event to include a “NASBP Family Day” for those attendees who would like to bring their children with them to experience the workings of government first-hand. “NASBP Family Day” will take place the morning of Tuesday, June 6, which will include breakfast and site-seeing tours of important landmarks in Washington, DC. For those of you who would like to attend “NASBP Family Day,” NASBP has set aside a small number of rooms for Monday, June 5.
Liaison Capitol Hill
415 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Located just steps from the US Capitol Building the Liaison Capitol Hill is the idea location to take advantage of D.C.'s sites, restaurants and attractions.
To make reservations, please use the following link below:
Even though NASBP has a block of rooms available at the special NASBP group rate, these rooms could sell out before the hotel room cut-off date of May 5, 2017. Room reservations are held on a first-come, first-served basis and NASBP cannot guarantee an accommodation once the room block is sold out. To avoid disappointment at not getting into the hotel, please call immediately to reserve your hotel room. A one night deposit is required at time of making the reservation. This deposit will not be refunded if the reservation is cancelled less than 48 hours prior to check-in.
Scheduling Your Visit
Below are helpful directions and pointers to schedule your congressional appointment(s):
- Call or email the congressional representative’s office. All offices may be reached by calling the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. (The operator will answer the call saying, “Capitol Switchboard;” the caller requests, “Will you please connect me to Senator/Representative ______’s office.”) You should do this at least one month prior to your intended visit.
- Once connected to the congressional representative’s office, request to speak with the scheduler or appointments’ secretary.
- Identify yourself as a constituent of the congressional representative and let the scheduler know that you will be visiting Washington, DC on June 7 and that you are seeking an appointment with the legislator.
- When setting up an appointment, ask for an appointment with the member of Congress. If your congressional representative is unable to meet with you, ask for an appointment with the staff person that handles the issues you wish to address. This might be the chief of staff, the legislative director or a legislative assistant. If you receive an appointment with a staff person, be sure to confirm the name and title of the staff person before thanking the scheduler and ending the call.
- If you are not successful in securing a meeting, follow-up with a phone call a few days later, and continue to contact the office until you secure a meeting time with the office.
- When making multiple appointments, it is important to keep in mind where offices are located. It is approximately a 20-25 minute walk from Senate office buildings to House office buildings.
- House office buildings are coded by a number; a meeting in a 3 digit room is in Cannon, a meeting in a 4 digit room beginning with a 1 is in Longworth; and a meeting in a 4 digit room beginning with a 2 is in Rayburn (for example, if you have a 2 p.m. meeting in Room 1233 and a 2:30 p.m. meeting in room 303, your first meeting is on the second floor of Longworth followed by a meeting on the third floor of Cannon. Click here to download a map of Capitol Hill including the Senate and House Office Buildings.
- If the office asks what issues you would like to discuss, tell them you would like to discuss issues relating to federal construction contracting and surety bonding, including preserving the Federal Miller Act and requiring bonds when the federal government provides federal credit assistance in the form of grants, loan guarantees, to finance Public-Private Partnership (P3) agreements. NASBP will provide attendees with leave-behind materials describing these issues succinctly. Please see sample meeting request letter here.
- Call to confirm your meeting two or three days beforehand.
- Please plan on arriving at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointments, as you will be required to enter through security at each of the House/Senate Office buildings.
- Please remember to bring a government issued photo ID
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Visit Dos and Don’ts
- Don't be disappointed. Even though your meeting is with the congressional representative, expect to meet with a member of his/her staff instead. Senators and Representatives rely heavily on the opinions of their staff when making decisions.
- Don’t expect to meet with the congressional representative or his/her staff for more than twenty to thirty minutes.
- Be flexible. Your meeting suddenly may take place in the hallway on the way to a vote or may be cancelled with no warning. Members' schedules are constantly changing, which may end up affecting your meeting.
- Be concise with your points. Refer to your one-page talking points that NASBP will provide as a reference.
- Do connect with your congressional members and their staff. Ask them to share their goals and the issues they care about. Try to find common ground between their priorities and yours.
- Don’t be argumentative. Do be polite and extend the courtesy you yourself would expect.
- Do thank your congressional representative. Thank them for supportive actions they have taken or simply for meeting with you.
- Be prepared to speak to opposing positions. Know opposing viewpoints, so that you can more effectively articulate and defend your points. If you don't know the answer to a question or how to respond to your Congressperson, tell him/her that you will get more information.
- Make specific, clear requests and ask for an answer. Your congressional representative ultimately works for you, and he/she needs to know specifically what you want, whether it is to sponsor a bill, vote a certain way, or speak with another Representative or Senator. In addition to your requests, don't be afraid to ask your congressional representative what he/she feels can be done for your issue.
- Do leave behind concise information, specifically the one-page talking points document (that NASBP will provide you). If you leave large amounts of reading material, your main message will get lost in the volume of paper. Put this information in a file folder with your organization's name on the label. Make sure that your website address and contact information are on every piece of correspondence that you leave or send to the office.
- Do follow-up after the meeting with a brief thank you note and any information that you agreed to furnish the congressional representative.
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What is the closest airport to Capitol Hill?
The closest airport to Capitol Hill is Ronald Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia. The two other DC-area airports are BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport (Baltimore, MD) and Dulles International Airport (Chantilly, VA). Reagan National Airport is less than five miles from Capitol Hill and is accessible by public transportation. BWI and Dulles are not accessible by DC public transportation, but do have shuttle service to DC.
How can I get to/from the airport to the hotel?
If you take the Washington, DC Metro system (DC's subway), the hotel is near the Union Station stop, which is accessible by the Red line. Taxis and other transportation are available from Reagan National to the Liaison Capitol Hill.
When and where is the event taking place?
There will be a welcome reception from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm on the evening of Tuesday June 7 at The Liaison Capitol Hill, 415 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. A brief morning program that includes a continental breakfast will be held the morning of Wednesday, June 8 at the same hotel, The Liaison Capitol Hill. Be sure to return to the The Liaison Capitol Hill that evening for a cocktail reception.
How do I get from the Liaison to Capitol Hill?
The Liaison is a just short walk to the Senate and House Office Buildings on Capitol Hill. To download a map of Capitol Hill including the Senate and House Office Buildings, click here. Taxis are also available for a nominal charge to Capitol Hill.
Where is the NASBP Reception?
A closing reception will be held after your visits at The Liaison Capitol Hill.
What is the dress for the event?
The appropriate dress for visiting a Congressional office is business attire.
What do I need to bring with me for the event?
What will NASBP provide for me?
NASBP will provide briefing material/issue briefs on issues of concern, a name tag, and folders for your visits to your members of Congress that you may leave behind. Also, please bring plenty of business cards for networking and to leave behind on your Hill visits.
What restaurants are nearby the Hotel and Capitol Hill?
The Hotel has a restaurant called the Article One American Grill. Within close walking distance of The Liaison Capitol Hill are Bistro Bis, (French) 15 E Street NE, Charlie Palmer’s Steak, 101 Constitution Ave, NW, the Monocle, (American) 107 D Street, NE and Johnny’s on the Half Shell, 400 North Capital Street, NW.
For more casual dining there is the Union Station Food Court, 2 Massachusetts Ave, and the Dubliner (Irish), 520 North Capital Street. If your meetings are on the House side of the Capitol, there is Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar, (American) 223 Pennsylvania Ave, SE, and the Thunder Grill, (Southwestern) 50 Massachusetts Ave, SE. Visit the Hotel’s website for additional choices.
If your meetings are on the Senate side of the Capitol, for more formal dining there is Bistro Bis, (French) 15 E Street NE, Charlie Palmer’s Steak, 101 Constitution Ave, NW or the Monocle, (American) 107 D Street, NE. For more casual dining there is the Union Station Food Court, 2 Massachusetts Ave, and the Dubliner (Irish), 520 North Capital Street.
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Thank you for participating in NASBP’s Legislative Fly-in Day for 2017. The following are the steps you need to take after your participation in the event:
- Let NASBP know how your visits went. This is critical to NASBP’s advocacy efforts and allows us to ensure that any questions posed by Congressional staff can be answered in a timely manner.
- Please let NASBP know of any feedback you may have concerning the Fly-in event. What might you have changed about the program, reception, materials, etc.? Your feedback allows NASBP to make changes accordingly to next year's program.
- Keep up to date with NASBP advocacy efforts through our government relations web pages and communications, by clicking here.
- Stay engaged by volunteering to serve on NASBP committees, such as the Government Relations Committee.
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