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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PIA Agents Fly in to Advocate on Crop Insurance

A few of the participants outside the office of Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE) This week, crop insurance agents from PIA affiliates from North Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Minnesota came to Washington, D.C. to advocate on a variety of issues related to the federal crop insurance program.   Crop insurance provides our nation’s farmers with the …

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PIA Action Alert: Ask Congress to Provide Inflation Relief for Crop Agents

The agricultural economy has experienced extraordinary volatility over the past few years, and it has been worsened by the pandemic, which caused additional instability across economic sectors. During this time of unprecedented upheaval for producers, independent insurance agents have helped guide producers through the process of purchasing crop insurance to ensure they have the protection …

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Member Spotlight: Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS)

Roger Marshall (R-Kansas) was elected to the United States Senate in 2020. He previously served two terms in the House. Prior to his career in politics, Sen. Marshall practiced medicine for more than 25 years and served in the Army Reserves for seven years. During his time in medicine, he was a business owner of …

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Member Spotlight: Sen. John Boozman (R-AR)

John Boozman was elected to the United States Senate in 2010. Prior to serving in the Senate, he represented the people of the Third District of Arkansas in the U.S. House of Representatives for eight years. Before his service in Congress, Sen. Boozman was an optometrist, owning a private practice with his brother. Sen. Boozman attended …

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PIA Michigan Advocates for 2022 Priorities

This week, members of the PIA of Michigan met with the offices of their congressional delegation as part of PIA’s 2022 series of year-round, state-specific advocacy events. In their meetings, the PIA of Michigan members drew lawmakers’ attention to several of PIA’s 2022 Issues of Focus: the dangers of federal regulatory overreach into the insurance industry …

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