2015 FPC News

Hearing: A formal meeting of a congressional committee (or subcommittee) to gather information from witnesses for use in its activities (that is, the development of legislation, oversight of executive agencies, investigations into matters of public policy, or Senate consideration of presidential nominations). 

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http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif  1st Quarter FPC Field Reports Due Soon

This is a friendly reminder that your FPC field reports for the 1st quarter of 2017 are due before March 31.  All of you should be sending your Member of Congress or Senator the letter on tax and filing a field report about it, so let’s start the year with a bang at 100% on the field reports. For your convenience the field reporting link has been included below. When filing your reports, please take the time to be as detailed as possible about your interactions with your Senators and Representatives, answering the key questions: Who, What, When, Where and Why? It’s also important for us to know if any follow up is necessary.

File Your FPC Field Reports Here

If you are unsure whether you have filed a field report, please consult the FPC Field Report Tracking Sheet

Please reach out to Victoria Givens if you have any questions: vgivens@realtors.org or 202-383-1021

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif  Don’t Forget! Send Letter to Your Member of Congress on Tax Reform

On March 3, 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 send the letter to your legislator and also notify their Chief of Staff and Legislative Director. 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 your RPMIC member or someone at NAR know that it has been sent.

Please reach out to Victoria Givens if you have any questions: vgivens@realtors.org or 202-383-1021

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  NAR Welcomes Two New Political Representatives

Please join me in congratulating Ms. Maggie FitzGerald who has been promoted from RPAC Disbursements Manager at NAR to the Political Representative position formerly held by Lindsay Donnelly. As many of you know, Maggie has been at NAR for 5 years as part of the RPAC Disbursements Staff after working on Capitol Hill and for a political fundraising firm after graduating from the University of Georgia. The states she will cover include:

AZ, FL, IN, MI, NM, OH, UT and WI

Please also welcome Mr. Zack Rubin-McCarry who will be taking on may of Karl Eckhart's states. He joins us most recently from the campaign trail, but has also had experience in political consulting shops and on the Hill for Senator John Tester and for Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney and Josh Gottheimer. He is a graduate of Ohio State University.  The states Zack will cover include:

IA, ID, MN, MT, ND, NJ, NY, OR, PA, SD, WA and WY

If you are from one of these states, please take the time to reach out and introduce yourself to Zack and Maggie. They will be an important resource for all of you this year.

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif  Important FPC Meetings During REALTORS Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo

Please note the following important meetings as you plan your travel to D.C. in May.    

May 16

8:00am          Federal Legislative and Political Forum

                    (Marriott Wardman)

9:30am          FPC Lobbyist Salons (Marriott Wardman)

2:00pm          FPC Roundtable (Omni Shoreham)

4:00pm          NAR 360 (Marriott Wardman)

May 17

All Day           Capitol Hill Visits

6:00pm          FPC Reception (Omni Shoreham)

12:00pm        FPC Lounge (NAR Building)

May 18

All Day          Remaining Capitol Hill Visits

All Day          FPC Lounge (NAR Building)

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif FPC Stipend/Reimbursement Details

As you are likely aware, each FPC who attends the REALTORS Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. is afforded a stipend of up to $1,000 to help defray the costs of your trip. The reimbursement process will be the same as in previous years: FPCs, following state reimbursement rules, should file your expense report with the state immediately after your trip. States will then submit one invoice to NAR for the entire state FPC delegation that attended the meetings and are requesting the stipend.  

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif  Flood Insurance Hearings on Capitol Hill

On March 9, 2017, the House of Representatives held the first of several hearings on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The Senate’s first hearing is on March 14. The NFIP must reauthorized to continue selling flood insurance after September 30 of this year.

The purpose of these hearings is to solicit ideas for how to restructure the NFIP with the goal of developing comprehensive reform legislation this spring. FEMA was the sole witness for the first two hearings.

NAR submitted two letters for the hearings,... Read More

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif  NAR Supports Sanford/Sherman G-Fee Bill

On February 22, 2017, NAR along with several housing and mortgage industry trade groups sent a letter thanking Reps. Sanford (R-SC) and Sherman (D-CA) for reintroducing H.R. 916, the "Risk Management and Homeowner Stability Act." The legislation would amend the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 to prohibit the use of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s guarantee fees (g-fees) to pay for government spending. Moreover, the bipartisan bill recognizes that diverting revenue from these risk-based fees both places an additional burden on the backs of homeowners... Read More

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif  President’s Circle Update

 We have already had 103 FPCs donate $500 directly towards their MoC through President’s Circle which is incredible for this early in the year. Give yourselves a big pat on the back. Fantastic work. If you have questions about President’s Circle, please reach out to Kelly O’Donnell at 202-383-7510 or KO'Donnell@realtors.org.

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  FPC Spotlight


Please congratulate Nancy Suvarnamani, FPC for Illinois Senator Tammy Suckworth, who received the Exemplary Community Service Award from the Asian American Coalition in Chicago last weekend. She is pictured here with Consulate General Saksee Phromyothi who was at the event.  Nancy is very involved with the Consulate and active in the Thai community in Chicago as well as being a leader in real estate in Thailand.






Tips of the Trade

This Week: The SPIT Technique 

We learned about the SPIT Technique with Stephanie Vance, our "Advocacy Guru" during the training conference in Februrary. Below is a quick review. For more details on SPIT, you can download our details SPIT Guide for Advocacy Message Development.

SPIT is an acronym as follows:

S = Specific: Be as specific as possible about what the leader can do. For example, “we would like you to cosponsor a bill” is better than “our practice provides valuable services”

P = Personal: Messages that are based on compelling stories have more of an impact. As noted above, think about why this matters to you, as well as specific people you have served. How did you help them? The overall community? This really helps you focus on the benefits you provide.

I = Informative: In addition to that personal story, you’ll want to have some valuable information to back it up. Some of the information you might want to gather (depending on your situation) includes:

    • Number of people impacted
    • Number of people employed
    • Specifics on programs provided
    • Reach of your work
    • Special materials / services provided that relate to the community

T = Trustworthy: Finally, your message should suggest that you are trustworthy and the best way to do that is to be clear you’ll follow-up. This says to the person you’re talking to that you are in this discussion for the long haul.



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