Collector - August 2018 - 44
August is the Perfect Time to Make a New Connection
Your legislators are back home in their districts now, ready and willing to meet with you. Take advantage of this
opportunity to advocate for the accounts receivable management industry.
By Rae Ann Bevington
very August, members of Congress
return to their home states to host
town hall meetings and visit with
their constituents, and with the 2018
midterm elections on the horizon they will
be placing even more importance on these
Policymakers will be home for
approximately a month during the
August district work period, giving
ACA International members the perfect
opportunity to educate them on issues
that most affect the accounts receivable
management industry and to let them know
that inaction is not an option.
There is unfinished business waiting for
members of Congress when they return to
Washington, and ACA members like you can
help lay the groundwork for action.
Grassroots advocacy is powerful. It's
all about communication, and the more
personal, the better. When it comes to elected
officials, hearing from their constituents-
firsthand and in person-is the most
compelling form of communication.
One of the most effective ways to
communicate your interests with elected
officials is by setting up a face-to-face meeting
while they are home in their districts. A
meeting at your place of business is likely to
make a lasting impression. A tour will help
you and your employees develop a deeper
relationship with your representative and drive
home how policy decisions in Washington,
D.C., affect your business and jobs.
Here's how you can get involved during
this year's August congressional recess.
INVITE YOUR MEMBER OF
CONGRESS TO TOUR YOUR PLACE
To plan your agency tour, visit www.
congress.gov. By entering your ZIP code in
the "Find Your Representative" box on the
upper right-hand side of the site, you can
view names and contact information for
your member of Congress. Contact your
policymakers' district office today to better
your chance of scheduling an agency tour.
Be sure to visit your representatives' official
website for background information and an
updated list of their critical issues.
ADVOCATE ON ISSUES THAT
ARE MOST CRITICAL TO YOUR
Visit ACA's advocacy page at www.
acainternational.org/advocacy for briefing
documents and other helpful resources.
Let us know when you schedule an agency
tour. ACA's federal affairs staff is happy to
provide you with a briefing on the issues
that most affect our industry.
There is no shortage of issues that Congress
must address, so we must raise ours to the top
of the list. Here are a few suggestions:
TCPA Modernization. The FCC should
address the fact that legitimate businesses
and consumers are harmed by unclear
requirements under the TCPA. It is imperative
that the FCC move forward with developing
new TCPA regulations that confirm that to
be an ATDS, equipment must use a random
or sequential number generator to store or
produce numbers and dial those numbers
without human intervention, and find that
only calls made using actual ATDS capabilities
are subject to the TCPA's restrictions.
Sign on as a co-sponsor to H.R. 5266,
the Financial Product Safety Commission
Act, and S. 105, the Consumer Financial
Protection Board Act. These companion
bills would create a five member, bipartisan
commission at the Bureau of Consumer
Financial Protection (BCFP). The current
single-director structure leads to uncertainty,
as we have witnessed in the recent transition
in the BCFP leadership from the Obama
administration to the Trump administration.
This uncertainty is not only borne by financial
service market participants, including the
accounts receivable management industry, but
it also negatively impacts American consumers,
small businesses and our local economies.
Having a multi-member commission will
increase transparency at the bureau and
allows for input from multiple stakeholders.
A commission structure is the traditional
and customary structure for independent
federal agencies, helping to ensure thorough
deliberation, bipartisanship and impartiality.
Don't let advocacy take a vacation this
year. Let policymakers know that ACA
members are a critical part of the financial
services sector. Without our members and the
important job they do every day, the financial
services market would not work. Let's roll up
our sleeves and get to work!
Rae Ann Bevington is ACA International's
vice president for congressional and political
affairs. She can be reached at (202) 810-8899