PIA Releases 2023 Policy Priorities

The PIA Government Relations staff has reviewed PIA’s past policy positions and Congress’s current priorities, and, in consultation with PIA members across the country, we have developed our 2023 Policy Priorities. While the items below are our top priorities for this year, PIA is always working to promote the interests of our independent agent members, …

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PIA Urges Protection of Crop Insurance During Budget and Appropriations Process

This week PIA, along with a coalition of crop insurance stakeholders, sent Congress and the administration letters urging them to protect crop insurance from funding cuts in the Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) budget and appropriations process. The letters were addressed to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and the leaders of the House and Senate Budget and Appropriations committees. Despite the critical role …

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Sneak Peek: 2023 PIA Advocacy Day

In 2022, PIA implemented a series of year-round advocacy events, which gave agents the chance to meet virtually with federal policymakers on the issues that matter most to them. These rolling fly-ins were critical in advancing the interests of PIA members on our most pressing issues of focus, even as Capitol Hill’s heightened access restrictions persisted, …

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2022 Midterm Elections, the 118th Congress, and Implications for the NFIP: A Post-Webinar Recap

Last week, Lauren Pachman, PIA’s counsel and director of regulatory affairs, participated in a panel discussion hosted by the National Flood Association (NFA), on whose board she serves. She was joined on the panel by Chris Brown of Mindset, Brett Hewitt of the American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA), Travis Johnson of 1607 Strategies, and …

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Capitol Hill Fully Reopens to Public

For months, PIA has been supporting efforts to convince House and Senate leadership to reopen the Capitol office buildings to the public, and we are pleased that, beginning with the new 118th Congress, Capitol Hill office buildings have reopened to the public. Since the pandemic began two years ago, access to the Capitol complex has been …

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FTC Proposal Would Ban Noncompete Agreements

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would ban employers from entering into noncompete agreements with their employees. A noncompete agreement or clause is a contract or contract term, typically between an employer and an employee, that prevents the employee from working for a competitor or starting …

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118th Congress Begins Amid Leadership Uncertainty

The 118th Congress begins today, January 3rd, 2023, bringing divided leadership to Washington, D.C. The Republican party is now in control of the U.S. House of Representatives, which is made up of 222 Republicans and 212 Democrats (and one vacancy). The U.S. Senate will continue to be led by the Democratic party, which has 48 Senate …

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Member Spotlight: Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE)

Senator Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska) is on her second term in the Senate where she was first elected in 2012 after serving in the state legislature. She spent 8 years in the state legislature where she chaired the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee and was a member of several others. Before her stint in the state legislature, …

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Omnibus Heads to Biden’s Desk for Signature

The federal government is currently on the precipice of finalizing a sweeping, $1.7 trillion omnibus funding package, just in time to prevent a looming government shutdown, which would have begun at midnight tonight. Funding the government through the end of the current fiscal year was the final item on the 117th Congress’s agenda. The omnibus …

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PIA-Supported Crop Provisions Included in Omnibus 

The deal to fund the federal government beyond its current expiration date of December 23, 2022, to September 30, 2023 was released this morning and includes PIA-supported crop insurance provisions, just  weeks after PIA crop insurance agents came to Washington, D.C. to promote them.   Throughout the fall, PIA aggressively advocated in favor of the inclusion …

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