CCL's June Meeting Analysis

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This training reviews the June Meeting Analysis, how to use it in a meeting with a Member of Congress, the media, potential endorsers, and the larger community.

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Findings from June 2019's 526 Congressional Meetings

I. What are the most common topics raised regarding the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, H.R. 763?

In June 2019’s 528 CCL meetings, a Representative or a Senator was present in 24% of  meetings. Compare this to our average of 16% for June 2018.

Table 1. The most common topic areas raised by Congress were the Dividend, the Border Carbon Adjustment or other countries, Endorsers for H.R. 763, the Green New Deal (GND), Bipartisanship, and Low-Income Households.  

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CCL is responding to Congress:

  • Dividend: Offices were typically asking questions about dividend administration. CCL has a study on this available on our website that includes ready-to-print forms designed to be compatible with existing IRS software. 
  • Border: Typically about competitiveness abroad, this concern misses the fact that 80% of imports to the U.S. come from countries that already have a carbon price in place.
  • Endorsers: CCL exists to create political will, and that involves lining up support for H.R. 763 in district. We’ve been doing that, and we value Congress’ input on who we should be talking to.
  • Green New Deal: H.R. 763 is not part of the Green New Deal, but they are not mutually exclusive. About half of the cosponsors on this bill also co-sponsor that resolution and about half do not. 
  • Bipartisanship: Our primary ask of all Senate offices in June and last November was to make climate a bridge issue, not a wedge issue. Staffers were interested in that approach, and we remain committed to finding a way forward with both parties on this most important issue. 
  • Low Income: About two-thirds of American households end up ahead with H.R. 763, heavily-weighted to low-income households. We just updated a Personal Carbon Dividend Calculator that enables you to look up how you or constituents in your district fare. Check it out! energyinnovationact.org/carbon-dividend-calculator/
Changes through time

Table 2: Topics through six years. ​A direct comparison between topics through six years of analysis. Percent of Congress in which a topic was reflected in the notes is reported for June 2014-2019 and arranged with the most frequently occurring topics in 2019 at the top. Red highlights indicate an increase in mentions of 3% or more from the previous year and blue highlights indicate a decrease of 3% or more. The percentages indicate total mentions divided by the number of meeting minute notes analyzed in that year, i.e., 526 in 2019, 507 in 2018, 501 in 2017, 502 in 2016, 487 in 2015, and 495 in 2014. Fewer topics were tracked in previous years, explaining why not every cell in earlier years is filled. Topics raised in fewer than 10% of offices in 2019 were not included in this table.

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What stands out in this table is how many topics experienced a substantial (over 3%) increase in mentions from the previous year relative to other years. The simplest explanation is that having a bill out to discuss, which had never been the case before, has sharpened and focused the minds of the staffers with whom we are engaging. 

Frequently Raised Topics Resource

In addition to the information reviewed above, the CCL June Meeting Analysis reports paved the way for the creation of the Frequently Raised Topics in Lobby Meetings resource. This resource goes even more in-depth in displaying the topics that come up in all of CCL's lobby meetings and has been updated with this year's data, across party interest and committees of jurisdiction. 

How Was This Done?
  • In addition to CCL's Vice President of Government Affairs Danny Richter, this year two new analysts were trained: Taylor Krause, CCL National Partnership Outreach Coordinator, and Adeline DeYoung, CCL Legislative Assistant, to help with the process. All three analysts followed the three steps outlined below when compiling this information:
    • 1. Centralization and simplification of the notes 
    • 2. Careful reading, category determination and counting
    • 3. Analysis

Notes of Caution:

  • Meetings varied in content and duration
  • Quality of notes was variable, though much improved
  • No review and researchers not formally trained
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Intro & Agenda
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How was this done?
(3:30)

What were the most frequent topics?
(9:23)

Change of annual trends
(13:38)

Other Frequently Raised Topics (and where to find them)
(15:57)

Assessing Engagement
(21:11)

Instructor(s)
  • Adeline DeYoung
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Intro & Agenda
(from beginning)

How was this done?
(3:30)

What were the most frequent topics?
(9:23)

Change of annual trends
(13:38)

Other Frequently Raised Topics (and where to find them)
(15:57)

Assessing Engagement
(21:11)

Instructor(s)
  • Adeline DeYoung
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