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2020 Legislative Plan

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Join CCL's Vice President of Government Affairs Dr. Danny Richter for a training that will provide up to the moment insights on the dynamics in Congress and how we can most effectively use our time in meetings to support our agenda.
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Keys For 2020 June Lobby Day
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  • Sensitivity to where members of Congress are with the three crises that are on all of our minds: COVID, racial injustice and economic recovery.
    • At the same time that we must handle the climate crisis, we are facing three other urgent ones: the pandemic, the economy, and racism in our society. Climate change will remain CCL’s focus, but we know that all of these crises are important and need to be addressed. 
  • Adaptability to the constraints these place both on us, and on the attentions of members of Congress. They have to be responsive to their constituents, and their constituents are going to be most concerned with the crisis that is right in front of them.
  • We are seeking to build our clout by lobbying on additional and complementary policies, most of which other organizations are also behind. This enables direct side-by-side comparisons of what you all can accomplish, and what their organizations can accomplish. It is our hope that when they see what you are capable of accomplishing toward a common goal, they will be impressed and will demand that CCL be invited to more discussions. 
Key To Future Legislative Success
  • For the next six to seven months: Embracing the reality that there will be limited time and attention in Congress.
  • CCL will continue to focus on supporting Rep. Deutch in his goals to reintroduce an updated bill in bipartisan fashion early in the 117th Congress and will work to ratchet up support for this bill in lasting ways that make it so that future cosponsors don’t have as far to leap when they hop on the bill. 
  • H.R.763 is Rep. Deutch’s bill. It’s not CCL’s bill. As pointed out when it was introduced, CCL surrendered a lot of control over the content and direction of the bill when it was first introduced. This was a difficult but necessary step and we don’t regret it. 
  • CCL has always viewed that the most effective way to get legislation passed is to have a laser focus on the legislation that is bipartisan and satisfies our two red lines - emissions reductions effectiveness while protecting low income individuals.
  • Because we have taken that step, we’ve gotten over 1,500 endorsements and statements of support. Some of those statements of support we would not have been able to get without the one, now retiring Republican, Rep. Francis Rooney, on H.R.763. Without Rep. Rooney cosponsoring as a Republican, we would not have gotten, among others, the statement of support from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops or the support in principle of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. What this accomplishes is that it closes the distance that the next Republican will need to jump to hop onto this bill. 
  • These kinds of endorsements can be thought of as ratchets. Work toward moving forward in a way that can’t be undone. The next six to seven months should be focused on getting more such ratchets in support of the bill. We have more work to do to close the distance for more cosponsors, both Democrats and especially Republicans to jump on this bill.
  • In the November Lobby day, a major focus of CCL will be consolidating support for the bill, making sure that existing cosponsors are ready to sign on again in the new Congress. We are going to come prepared with all the ratchets, the statements of support and the endorsements we’ve already gained, and the ones we will gain between now and that lobby day, to begin the new Congress with a running start. 
Meeting Congress Where They're At
  • To connect with staffers, we should remember that they are human, and they have lived through the same past three months of challenge and upheaval that the rest of us have.
  • Staff and members of Congress are human. Staff have to be nice to you. They are overworked and under-resourced.
  • Some will be distracted and some will be completely on their game. Plan for success, even though challenges are possible amidst the wide variation in responses we will face, and treat them all like professionals.
  • This year in Congress we face a large number of retirements, leading to staff changing and turnover between offices.
  • Given that our meetings will be online this June, spend extra time practicing on transitions between meeting participants.
  • Also, be sure to read the room and understand that some offices will have their hands full managing their constituent needs with all of the other crises our country is facing right now. Your response should include assuring them that we understand and thanking them for their service during this important time.
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Intro & Agenda
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Legislative Strategy - Lobby Day Through Election
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Starting On The Inside Track For 117th Congress
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Meeting Congress Where They're At
(23:28)
Instructor(s)
  • Danny Richter
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Intro & Agenda
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Legislative Strategy - Lobby Day Through Election
(2:13)

Starting On The Inside Track For 117th Congress
(16:12)

Meeting Congress Where They're At
(23:28)
Instructor(s)
  • Danny Richter
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Lobbying Congress
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