150 citizen activists tell Congress the important role they play in protecting middle-income Americans.
The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors concluded its annual political involvement and political action training meeting today by sending 150 insurance and financial advisors to Capitol Hill meetings with their elected leaders and congressional staff.
In nearly 170 meetings with House and Senate offices, NAIFA members explained the crucial role they and their colleagues play in helping Main Street Americans provide for their families and protect their financial futures.
The products sold by NAIFA members benefit 75 million American households and account for about 20 percent of savings in the United States, the NAIFA members explained. The tax treatment of these products creates incentives for Americans to provide for their own financial wellbeing.
Among the other issues raised by NAIFA members was the negative impact the healthcare reform law’s “medical loss ratio” rule has had on the ability of agents to serve their clients.
“We have a great story to tell, and it’s one that’s important for lawmakers hear as they consider legislation related to the budget, taxes, health care, and financial reform that is sure to have a huge impact on average Americans,” said NAIFA President Robert Miller. “Grassroots activism is NAIFA’s strength. We have a member in every congressional district who is a voter, taxpayer and employer. Today’s Day on the Hill is just one example of how NAIFA members stay politically engaged all year long.”
Lawmakers Speak to Day on the Hill Participants
The Day on the Hill kicked off with a legislative briefing featuring addresses by Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA).
“The role you play is essential to providing peace of mind for families and small businesses, and to keeping communities strong,” Sen. Tester told the insurance and financial advisors in attendance. “You wouldn’t be successful in your jobs unless you cared about advising your clients.”
“We want to do a fundamental rewrite of the tax code, and when we do that, I will take my own (favorable) experience with life insurance and bring some reality to the Halls of Congress,” said Rep. Boustany. “As we look at tax reform we have to get rid of uncertainty that’s afflicting our economy. A business cannot plan with uncertainty.”
For more information about the Day on the Hill, please see the NAIFA Blog.
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