Continuing your legislative advocacy this month, you will have additional opportunities to engage your Members of Congress on legislation important to the geospatial profession. Congress has adjourned for the August recess, and Members of Congress will spend significant time back in their states and districts meeting with constituents, such as you and your employees, over the next 3 weeks. With the November elections looming, this recess is an excellent opportunity to meet or reconnect with your respective U.S. Senators and Congressman. Whether you’re hosting your member of Congress for a tour of your headquarters or a related facility, or attending a town hall meeting, or luncheon hosted by a civic group, take a few minutes to discuss issues important to your firm, the profession, and to MAPPS.
This week’s focus will be on the Freedom From Government Competition Act
(FFGCA). FFGCA, H.R. 1474/S. 785, will codify the "Yellow Pages” test, applied by Mayors and Governors, both Democrat and Republican, that says if you can find firms in the Yellow Pages providing products or services that the government is also providing, then the service should be subject to market competition to break up the government monopoly and prove a better value to the taxpayer. This bill will not only make government smaller and more efficient, but it can save up to $27 billion annually.
If so, please thank them for cosponsoring this bill. If not, please ask them to cosponsor utilizing these talking points
If your Members of Congress
prove tough to reach this week, then make sure to communicate cosponsorship of FFGCA with their staff either in the district or state, or the Congressional staff based in Washington, DC. When you receive a commitment to cosponsor the FFGCA, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach me