With August recess for the 113th Congress just underway, I am proud to report on the great strides being made to advance AMAC’s mission of faith, family, and freedom in Washington, DC. While busy, this summer has proven to be highly productive and successful for our organization, as we forged new relationships and strengthened existing partnerships both on and off Capitol Hill. Through the strategic alliances we’ve established in the Nation’s Capital, AMAC has been able to more directly communicate your concerns and to offer commonsense solutions to some of the most pressing problems facing our country today.
This summer has seen AMAC cross a critical threshold in our advocacy efforts. Over the course of only two months, AMAC has conducted approximately 40 meetings with Congressional members that serve on key committees, such as the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Special Committee on Aging. AMAC also spent considerable time engaging with the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) and the Senate Committee on Finance. As AMAC’s Vice President of Government Relations, I strongly believe in the value of these meetings because they allow us to play an instrumental role in the legislative process, raise the concerns of Mature Americans, and spread the word about our organization. As we continue to aggressively advocate on your behalf in Washington, we hope to meet with every willing office, acting as the conduit through which meaningful dialogue can be established and real legislative initiatives can be discussed and pursued.
These meetings have produced tangible outcomes as well, helping to lay a strong foundation on which we can work with Congressional offices and Caucuses in the months ahead. In fact, AMAC has delivered at least 18 specific letters of support for individual bills introduced so far in the 113th Congress. These letters address a wide range of issues of importance to AMAC members and indicate which policy proposals AMAC feels will better serve our country. Supporting individual pieces of legislation not only raises the profile of specific bills – helping their chances of passage – but also demonstrates the true force and strength behind the AMAC name. We encourage AMAC members to read these letters as we post them on the AMAC website and Facebook page for review. Looking ahead, we will continue to emphatically offer our support to key legislation that aligns with AMAC’s values, addresses the core concerns of our members, and seeks to make America a stronger country for current and future generations.
Finally, while our leadership team is proud and honored to represent your interests in the Beltway, we have been overwhelmed by the impact our AMAC delegates are making at the State and Local levels. The AMAC delegate program was instituted in February of this year to operate as another source through which our members can engage with elected lawmakers at the District and State level. This program has grown into a thriving outreach tool, with delegates conducting introductory meetings with their Congressmen/women across the country. In fact, with the help of our delegates, AMAC has scheduled numerous Town Hall meetings in various states – giving AMAC members an exclusive opportunity to personally interact with their elected leaders. During the August recess, I encourage you to attend these Town Halls, to seek out your representatives, to listen and participate, and most importantly – to communicate the issues that matter most to you.
AMAC’s commitment to advocacy on Capitol Hill is a crucial factor that distinguishes us from other groups that claim to represent all Americans over the age of 50. Moreover, much of the credibility and respect we’ve garnered from offices is a direct result of the time AMAC leadership has spent walking the chambers of Congress and meeting face-to-face with members and their staffs. Your ongoing support for our advocacy drive in the District has not only contributed to the positive rapport we’ve built with Congressional offices, but it fuels the continuing growth of our membership.
As AMAC continues to expand our influence, our mission remains clear and our values stand unchanged. In anticipation of a busy post-August environment in Washington, AMAC leadership is preparing to return to the Hill to continue interfacing with those in Congress. Certainly, there is still much work to be done – but I would like to personally thank you for guiding us and empowering us as we take firm stances on politically contentious issues that we feel are too important and timely to ignore. The success we’ve enjoyed over the last few months reinforces our unwavering commitment to you, and we look to build upon the momentum generated in the early stages of the 113th Congress. You can be confident that AMAC will continue to champion your interests in the Capital as we fight to keep America great.
Very respectfully and with my deepest gratitude,
Vice President of Government Relations