An Incredible Year for Grassroots Advocacy
We’ve reached the mid-point of the second session of the 114th Congress, but in many ways it feels like the end of the session. Most of the heavy legislative lifting that can get done before the elections has been completed. The campaign for the White House and 435 public service jobs in the House and 34 in the Senate has taken every bit of oxygen in the room. There are only a handful of legislative days left in the year during which only the red-label tasks will get accomplished. There will, of course, be a flurry of legislative activity during the post-election “lame-duck” period before Congress adjourns sine die, but that almost feels like an entirely different legislative session since whatever happens is dependent upon the outcome of the election. Regardless, for the apartment housing industry this has been an incredible year for grassroots advocacy.
In March, NAA hosted another record-breaking Capitol Conference, drawing more than 700 attendees to Washington, D.C., to advocate on Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, Flood Insurance and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) litigation. More than 500 advocates went to Capitol Hill sharing our perspective and pressing our case for action in these areas. The work at the Capitol Conference and follow up grassroots outreach later in the spring has generated real results in all areas.
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