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Congressional Facility Visit FAQs

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Congress is currently adjourned for August Recess. Now is the time to schedule meetings with your Senators and Representatives while they are back in their states/congressional districts. Hosting a member of Congress at your facility is a great way to introduce them to your company and educate them on the importance of Congress passing vehicle repair legislation. Below are some simple steps you can take to set up a Congressional facility visit. The MEMA DC team is here to assist you with any issues you have along the way. Contact either Melanie Weiland or Catherine Boland if you have questions during this process.
 
How to schedule a facility visit or a meeting with your elected officials:

  1. If you don’t know who your elected officials are, find them with our grassroots tool. Simply enter the address of the facility you’d like to host a congressional visit or hold a congressional meeting and the system will match you with your Senators and Representative.

  2. Once you’ve identified your elected officials, use our sample letter to write a letter requesting they visit your facility. You can also use this template when requesting a meeting.

  3. When you are ready to send your invitation, contact Melanie Weiland or Catherine Boland and we will send you the contact information of the corresponding scheduler to send your letter.

  4. Wait to hear back from the scheduler. Congressional offices are often planning several events for the same day. They may not respond immediately.


Before the congressional visit to your facility:

  • Make sure you’ve reviewed the talking points on the importance of access to repair data

  • Let us know if you’d like a staff member of AASA/MEMA to attend the facility visit/meeting


Dos and Don’ts of meeting with your elected officials:
Dos:

  • Discuss your company and facilities, including the number of employees, training for new members, products manufactured, etc.

  • Ask how you can help the elected official push forward on data access legislation.

  • Admit what you don’t know; offer to follow up with further information or a MEMA staff member.

Don’ts:

  • Argue if presented with a different point of view

  • Discuss politics or campaign fundraising


After the visit:

  • Send a thank-you note to your member of Congress for visiting your facility/attending your meeting and learning more about the importance of access to repair legislation to the aftermarket industry.

  • Post any photos you took during the visit to your social media page and tag @AASA_MEMA.

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