Why Attend?

Advocacy today is more critical than ever and we're taking you straight to the source at ASTA Legislative Day 2019. 

Here's a recap of 2018…

  • Almost 150 meetings were conducted on Capitol Hill with Representative and Senators. 
  • Awareness was raised for legislation to harmonize federal “tests” to determine whether a worker should be a W-2 employee or an independent contractor.
  • More than a dozen bipartisan members of Congress signed on to a letter to the Secretary of Labor asking for the removal of travel agencies from a regulatory “blacklist” preventing them for utilizing the Retail or Service Establishment exemption from federal overtime rules.
  • Members generated congressional support for the removal of burdensome new consumer disclosures contained in the Senate version of the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill. 
  • Thanks to their voices, ASTA was ultimately able to defeat these proposals that would have added to travel agencies’ existing disclosure burden and forced advisors to spend an additional 28 seconds making disclosures per air transaction, saving the industry $29.8 million per year in “talk time” and lost sales.
Did you know?...
An in-person visit from a constituent is rated by congressional offices as THE most effective way to influence a Member of Congress.

Citizen-Centric Advocacy: The Untapped Power of Constituent Engagement (2017). Washington, DC: Congressional Management Foundation.