Multiple GOP Retirements Announced Ahead of 2020 Election

In recent weeks, more than ten Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives have announced that they will not seek reelection. Among the 12 GOP members who have already announced their planned retirements, four are from Texas. Rep. Pete Olson, whose district includes the Houston suburbs, is not running again. Nor is Rep. Kenny …

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Member Spotlight: Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez

Nydia Velázquez is a Democratic Congresswoman who represents the 7th Congressional District of New York in the U.S. House of Representatives. Her metropolitan district is comprised of parts of Brooklyn, lower Manhattan, and Queens. Rep. Velázquez has served in the House since 1993, and she was the first Puerto Rican woman elected to the House …

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Cannabis Safe Harbor Insurance Bill Introduced

On July 22nd, Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced S. 2201, the Clarifying Law Around Insurance of Marijuana (CLAIM) Act. The CLAIM Act recognizes the need for a comprehensive federal safe harbor for insurers and insurance agents who sell insurance to both cannabis-related legitimate businesses and other commercial and personal lines …

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Crop Insurance Caucus Launched in House

On July 19th, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) and Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) announced the launch of the bipartisan Crop Insurance Caucus. The purpose of the Caucus is to educate Members of Congress and their staff on the importance of the federal crop insurance program as an integral part of our farm safety net. The …

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Member Spotlight: Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI)

Sean Duffy was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2010 to represent Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District. Rep. Duffy’s district spans Northwestern and much of central Wisconsin and covers 20 counties. Rep. Duffy obtained his BA from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and his JD from the William Mitchell College of Law. Prior …

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Member Spotlight: Congresswoman Cindy Axne (D-IA)

Cindy Axne represents the 3rd Congressional District of Iowa. Her district is comprised of the southwest corner of Iowa, including Des Moines and Council Bluffs. Prior to serving in Congress, Rep. Axne worked for the Tribune Company in Chicago and for the state government of Iowa. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the …

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Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Process Begun in Senate Banking

Yesterday, Tuesday, June 18th, the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee held a hearing, for which PIA National submitted testimony, on the reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program (TRIP). This hearing kicked off the reauthorization discussion for the TRIP, which is currently set to expire on December 31, 2020. PIA National has supported …

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