Host A Congressional Tour
NATA encourages its members to host a Congressional tour of their facilities.
April 2, 2014
What’s at Issue:
Members of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives spend a lot of time in Washington, but they also spend valuable time in their states and districts during scheduled congressional work periods and recess. Members of Congress take these opportunities to visit with constituents, making this the perfect time for NATA members to invite their Senators and Representatives to tour their facilities.
In 2013, NATA and the general aviation community worked tirelessly on numerous provisions negatively affecting general aviation. In 2014, we must remain vigilant and work together to educate the public and especially Members of Congress and their staff on the important role general aviation plays, including its economic value to our country. In addition, we will likely face a number of legislative hurdles this year, which is another reason to reach out to your elected officials and let them know how these issues affect YOU, their constituent.
A tour of your facility is a valuable way to inform key congressional leaders on the principal issues confronting our national air transportation system while allowing you to address other issues affecting your business. This one-on-one interaction will give Members of Congress and their staff a better understanding of the value of America’s aviation businesses and airline services companies. In addition, NATA members can introduce their business to new and prospective Members of Congress, and forge stronger relationships with existing Members.
To implement this program at your facility, it is best to schedule a tour when Congress is not in session. Listed below are the tentative dates that Congress will be in recess the rest of this year. Additionally, Congress is often not in session on Mondays and Fridays during the week, so tours could potentially be arranged on those days.
What to Do:
We have drafted, and made available on our Web site at the links below, sample letters as well as a template of guidance and ideas you can use to invite your Member of Congress for a tour:
Please use one of the links above to access the appropriate letter and proceed in the following manner:
1. Select a date, time and place. While you will only put one date and time option in the letter, please remember that you will need to be flexible if the Member of Congress is going to agree. We suggest that you select a time between the following dates, as the Congress will be in recess (House in their constituent work weeks and Senate in their state work weeks) and Members will most likely be home in their districts and states:
2014 Updated Congressional Schedule: (House and Senate)
April 14-25 - House and Constituent Work Week
May 12-16 - House Constituent Work Week
May 26-30 - Senate Constituent Work Week
June 2-6 - House Constituent Work Week
June 30-July 4 - House and Senate Constituent Work Week
August 4-September 5 - House and Senate Summer Recess
September 22-26 - House Constituent Work Week
October 6-November 11 - House Constituent Work Period
November 24-28 - House and Senate Constituent Work Week
December - House and Senate scheduled adjournment date
2. Print the draft letter on your letterhead, filling in the date, time and place. Also, we encourage you to add a few sentences to personalize the form letter to address specific concerns related to your company and/or airport. You can locate the contact information for your Senator or Representative on the Internet at either http://www.house.gov/
. Feel free to share a draft of the letter with NATA before sending it out.
3. When sending out the letter, be sure to send both a hard copy of the letter as well as a fax copy. You can also visit your Senator’s or Representative’s Web page for an email address. To make sure the letter reaches the proper assistant, it is best to send your letter to both the official’s Washington, DC office and the nearest local office.
4. Please provide a copy of your letter to NATA Assistant Manager Rebecca Mulholland. Upon receiving a copy of the letter, NATA will call the scheduler for your Member of Congress to ensure that the letter was received and properly routed. This will also enable NATA to gauge the interest of the office and begin the negotiation process. Following this contact, NATA may call you to discuss what steps need to be taken to ensure that your Member of Congress accepts your invitation.
5. After your Member of Congress accepts the invitation, NATA will work with you regarding the actual tour, specific points you will want to make with your Member of Congress, background information on your Member of Congress, the status of current aviation issues, and other issues that may arise. NATA can provide you with applicable fact sheets, white papers and informational handouts to enhance the exchange of information with your Member of Congress.
Thank you in advance for your time in sponsoring a congressional tour. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Rebecca Mulholland at (800) 808-6282 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assistant Manager, Legislative Affairs