Advancing Legislative Priorities During an Election Cycle

Signal Group

Mae Stevens Speaks at the Rural Communities Assistance Partnership National Fly-In.

Last week, Signal’s client, the Rural Communities Assistance Partnership, held their annual fly-in and Mae Stevens spoke at their kick-off breakfast. Following the chat, RCAP representatives from around the country hit the pavement, advocating on behalf of rural communities on the Hill and at various government agencies.

The discussion focused on the value of engaging in participatory democracy and meeting face-to-face with key decision makers in order to elevate status and recognizability in Washington. Mae also highlighted the importance of timing on the Hill; understanding what the priorities of decision makers are now, and what they eventually will be.

In an election year, leaders on both sides of the aisle have one key focus – maximizing their party’s seats for the next Congress. Therefore, non-controversial, bipartisan bills, such as the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) and others that are impactful for organizations like RCAP, are likely to be put off until the lame duck period, as neither side wants to give the other a policy win prior to November 3.

From November through the end of the year, legislation will flow through both chambers at an increased pace during the 5 weeks that Congress is in session. It is important for groups to express their interests to key decision makers early and often between now and then so that they are top of mind when lawmakers guide bills across the finish line.

Mae is honored to work with RCAP towards these ends, advancing the interests of rural communities across the country.