Alliance-backed Congressional Resolution re-introduced in House of Representatives
January 23, 2017With tax reform topping the congressional “to-do” list in 2017, it’s more important than ever for the Alliance and its members to make sure that U.S. Representatives and Senators understand and appreciate the value of the fraternal business model and the more than century-old tax exemption that allows societies to fulfill their unique financial and community service missions. That’s why the Alliance is once again backing the Fraternal Resolution – this year known as HCR 10 – which was reintroduced last week in the 115th Congress. You can see the full text of the Resolution by clicking here. (Resolution expired at end of Congressional Session - Dec. 2018) The Resolution – like fraternals themselves – is non-partisan, and the lead co-sponsors are Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) and Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.). Last year, the Alliance mounted a full-blown grassroots campaign known as the “Race to 100” that successfully secured 106 co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle for the Resolution. But this year’s co-sponsorship campaign will be a little different from 2016’s. Instead of the broad-based grassroots initiative intended to generate thousands of emails to lawmakers from fraternal members, in 2017 our outreach efforts will be more narrowly focused. Our first order of business will be to secure the 94 co-sponsors that remain in the House of Representatives as co-sponsors of the Resolution. This will be done with targeted contacts from Alliance staff, retained counsel, and member society executives with long-standing relationships with their Representatives. After that, we’ll expand the effort to include freshman lawmakers, and those Representatives from areas with a significant number of fraternals that were not previous co-sponsors of the Resolution – think congressional delegations from Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, and Indiana. So while the Alliance won’t likely be asking you and your members to participate in another “Race to 100” campaign this year, we would like to know if you’re willing to quietly reach out to your Representatives and encourage them to sign-on to HCR 10. All you have to do is provide the desire to participate. We’ll supply the communications tools and tactics to make sure your outreach effort is as effective as possible. Interested? Just send me an email at email@example.com and I’ll get back to you with the details.