August is just around the corner and members of Congress will be returning to their home districts to hear from their constituents. That makes it the perfect time for MAA members to schedule a meeting with their senators and representatives. Face-to-face meetings with legislators add immense value to the advocacy process. Your legislators want to hear from you, their constituents, about the important issues facing the district, the state and the country.
To make it easy for you, MAA has developed a District Meeting Toolkit:
These toolkits include:
►How to prepare for a meeting
►Sample letter to request a meeting
►Sample follow-up thank you letter
►Guide to different meeting scenarios
►Other ways to take advocacy to the next level
Please take a look at the Toolkit and let Alden Knowlton
know if you have any questions. If you do schedule a meeting, please let us know so we can provide you with any needed information regarding MBA’s policy priorities and our legislative team’s insights into that particular office.
If the opportunity presents itself, take a picture with the legislator and share it on social media using the hashtag #MortgageActionAlliance. Social media is an important means of gaining visibility for our issues, as well as encouraging other members of the industry to speak up! You should also connect with MAA by liking our Facebook Page
and following our LinkedIn Page
If you are not yet ready to schedule a formal meeting, you can still connect with legislators on social media. Visit the "Find Your Elected Officials" section of the Advocacy Action Center
or check out the "Congressional Directory" on the "More" tab of the MAA App.
However you choose to engage your members of Congress, your advocacy is vital to helping our elected officials understand the issues facing our industry and how those might impact consumers and the broader national economy.
Jeffrey C. Taylor is chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Mortgage Action Alliance. Jeffrey is also co-founder and managing director of Digital Risk, a provider of mortgage risk, compliance and transaction management solutions. His is a frequent guest on financial television networks, such as Fox Business News and CNBC, as well as a source to top tier new outlets including The Wall Street Journal, sharing keen insights on the U.S. mortgage market and the economy.
This article originally appeared in the July 2019 print edition of National Mortgage Professional Magazine.