Budget Reconciliation: Budget
reconciliation allows for expedited consideration of certain tax, spending, and
debt limit legislation. In the Senate, reconciliation bills aren’t
subject to filibuster and the scope of amendments is limited, giving this
process real advantages for enacting controversial budget and tax
measures. Policymakers have enacted 20 budget reconciliation bills since
1980. This procedure caused the 10 year sunset of the Bush tax cuts and is making things procedurally difficult in the attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare.
FPC Ask: Send Letter to Your Member
of Congress on Tax Reform
This afternoon, your NAR lobbyists and tax policy experts hosted a webinar
on tax reform where we reviewed the current state of play and asked FPCs to send an important letter to
Members of Congress conveying NAR’s position on the issue. Please email the
letter to your legislator and copy their Chief of Staff and Legislative
Director. Please also print the letter on your letterhead and mail it. Don’t
forget to change the address for your specific Member of Congress at the top of
the page. FPCs will be expected to be
100% in following through on the letter delivery by the end of the quarter (Deadline: March 31). Once you have sent your letter,
please file a field report and let both your RPMIC member, Government Affairs
Director and April Brown (email@example.com) know that it has been sent.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Victoria Givens at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-383-1021.
Recording: FPC Make-Up Training
This week, the grassroots and government affairs team hosted
two webinars for FPCs who did not make it to the training in D.C. If you were
absent, your participation on one of these webinars was required or it is a
strike on your record. If you were not able to view the webinar real-time,
please watch the recording and let us know you have participated either through
a field report or an email to Victoria Givens at email@example.com
to the FPC Training Webinar Here
Submit Your Expenses for FPC Training
and Policy Conference
If you have yet to do so, please fill out the member
expense report and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org for any expenses incurred during the FPC Training and Policy Conference. If you have any questions need access to
other information you learned at the training, please contact Victoria Givens
at email@example.com or
Member Travel Policy and Procedures
Registration for the REALTORS®
Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo Still Open
All FPCs should have received an email on February 15th to register
for the REALTORS Legislative meetings and Trade Expo. Please register and book
your rooms now. Early birds get the worm and you don’t want to wait until May
and end up staying out in Virginia. This year, the FPC room block will be at
Place on Capitol Hill. FPCs can choose to stay here or book a hotel closer
to the headquarter hotels (the Marriott Wardman and Omni Shoreham). Assess your
schedule and determine what is most convenient for you. Please be aware of the
following key events for FPCs during the May conference.
To register for the conference HERE.
The deadline for any attendee to reserve housing through the NAR
registration system is April 14. Visit the REALTORS® Legislative
Meetings & Trade Expo website for travel information and the event schedule to help further plan your trip.
Important FPC May Meetings
Legislative and Political Forum
9:30am FPC Lobbyist Salons
2:00pm FPC Roundtable
4:00pm NAR 360
All Day Capitol Hill Visits
6:00pm FPC Reception
All Day Remaining Capitol Hill Visits
FPC Contact Team Deadline April 3
As many of you know, if you do not already have an FPC contact team, your
new team must be built by April 3rd. Once you have identified
your team members, please report their contact information to your RPMIC
A new FPC Team Toolkit has been developed with guidelines and tips on how to
build and manage your contact team.
Meritorious Service Award Nomination Form DUE TODAY
Today is the deadline for all Meritorious Service Award nominations! If you are planning to nominate a deserving FPC for this prestigious award, you're time is almost up. To access the new online form, click
here. For more information about the MSA award and process, please contact
Victoria Givens at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tips of the Trade
This Week: FPC Resources
Please bookmark the following links in your browser to access quick useful links for your advocacy efforts. For example, Members will be back in the district next week and many Town Halls will be taking place. Access the Congressional calendars to remind yourself when important district work periosds like this one will be taking place.
Legislator Vote Record
Congressional House Calendar
Congressional Senate Calendar
**FPC Weekly Newsletters are now online!