2015 FPC News

 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.

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http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif 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 (abrown@realtors.org) know that it has been sent.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Victoria Givens at vgivens@realtors.org or 202-383-1021.

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif Recording: FPC Make-Up Training Webinar

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 vgivens@realtors.org

Listen to the FPC Training Webinar Here

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif 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 expenses@realtors.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 vgivens@realtors.org or 202-383-1021.

NAR Member Travel Policy and Procedures

Member Expense Report

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif 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 the Hyatt 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

May 16

8:00am           Federal Legislative and Political Forum

9:30am           FPC Lobbyist Salons

2:00pm           FPC Roundtable

4:00pm           NAR 360

May 17

All Day           Capitol Hill Visits

6:00pm           FPC Reception

May 18

All Day          Remaining Capitol Hill Visits

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif 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 representative

A new FPC Team Toolkit has been developed with guidelines and tips on how to build and manage your contact team.

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif 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 vgivens@realtors.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

NAR Key Issues



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