Capitol Hill

Building a base

Former House Speaker Tip O'Neill (D-Mass.) once said: "All politics are local." He was right, and his sentiment still holds true—members of Congress want to know what issues are important to their constituents.

But for Congress to act, it is critical you make your voice heard. Lawmakers need to understand how their decisions affect your business. During meetings and events in Washington, D.C., members of Congress often share stories about what they hear from their constituents. Why not have one story be yours? Participating in grassroots efforts is one way to make this happen.

Make the effort

There are numerous ways you can participate in grassroots activities, and some only take a few minutes of your time. First, you'll want to visit NRCA's government advocacy Web page ( for updates about key legislative and regulatory issues that affect your business. In addition, be sure to register for NRCA's E-News, which provides updates straight to your inbox.