PIA Releases 2021 Issues of Focus for Advocacy Day

PIA has released its 2021 Issues of Focus in preparation for its upcoming Advocacy Day, formerly known as the Federal Legislative Summit (FLS). PIA members will highlight these issues during their meetings with their elected representatives on Advocacy Day. PIA deploys its grassroots advocacy resources throughout the year on countless issues of importance to independent insurance agents. …

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PIA Asks Congress, Admin to Reject Efforts to Cut Crop Insurance

Along with a coalition of allies, PIA sent joint letters this week to Congress and the administration urging them to protect crop insurance from funding cuts in the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) budget and appropriations process. The letters were addressed to recently-confirmed  Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and the leaders of the House and Senate Budget …

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Member Spotlight: Rep. David Scott (D-GA)

David Scott was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2002 to represent Georgia's Thirteenth Congressional District, which includes 6 counties around metro Atlanta: Cobb, Clayton, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton and Henry. Prior to joining the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Scott served in the Georgia state legislature beginning in 1974 and ran an …

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Changes Coming to Agriculture Committees; Vilsack Named Secretary-Designate

While there are still outstanding congressional races left to be decided, and the membership of committees for the next Congress will not be finalized for several more weeks, there will be big changes coming to the leadership of the U.S. House and Senate Agriculture Committees in 2021. Although the next Farm bill is not up …

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Member Spotlight: Kevin Cramer (R-ND)

Kevin Cramer was elected to the U.S. Senate from North Dakota in 2018. Previously, he served as North Dakota’s At-Large Member in the U.S. House. Prior to joining Congress, Sen. Cramer served as a commissioner on the North Dakota Public Service Commission. Sen. Cramer received a BA from Concordia College and a master’s degree in …

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PIA Releases Legislative Priorities for Advocacy Day

  PIA National has released its 2020 Legislative Priorities in the lead up to PIA Advocacy Day (formerly known as the Federal Legislative Summit). PIA members will use the priorities in their meetings with their elected representatives during Advocacy Day. Our full PIA legislative priorities with background on each issue can be found here. Below …

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PIA Opposes Proposed Crop Insurance Cuts

On February 10th, President Trump released his FY 2021 budget proposal, which calls for major cuts to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including the federal crop insurance program. The budget would cut the U.S. Department of Agriculture by 8 percent, and crop insurance specifically would be cut by $25 billion over the next decade. The proposed …

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PIA Cautions Against Crop Insurance Cuts in Budget Request

PIA National, along with a coalition of allies, sent a letter today cautioning against cuts to crop insurance as the Administration begins putting together its fiscal year 2021 budget request. As a reminder, the FY20 budget proposal contained approximately $26 billion in proposed cuts, the bulk of which came straight from premium reductions. As with previous …

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PIA Advocacy Day: Join us at PIA’s Congressional Fly-In

Each year, PIA agents from around the country travel to Washington, D.C. to attend PIA National’s annual congressional fly-in, formerly known as the Federal Legislative Summit (FLS), now known as PIA Advocacy Day. The name change reflects the unique, action-oriented nature of PIA National’s member fly-in, as compared to other association conferences, which are often …

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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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