September 6, 2017 | by Julie Cram

Your Voice Matters

5 ways you can make a difference in Washington

Chinese steel and aluminum overcapacity. Tax reform. Infrastructure spending. The debt ceiling. NAFTA. Health insurance. Energy and labor regulations. Immigration. All issues Congress and the White House will debate soon, but your opinions on these important public policy discussions matters and should be heard.

Here are five ways you can make a difference in Washington.

  1. Education

Familiarize yourself with MSCI’s advocacy agenda and keep up with what’s going on in Washington through Connecting the Dots and Edge. (MSCI’s advocacy team is always happy to answer questions, too. Contact Ann D’Orazio.) The “Press Center” has all MSCI’s statements on current events, including 2017’s Section 232 steel and aluminum investigations and NAFTA negotiations.  

  1. Host a Plant Tour

Manufacturing plant visits for members of Congress and their staff are a good way to increase support for a pro-growth, pro-business agenda. Lawmakers appreciate them because they provide excellent opportunities to meet with constituents and hear the success stories and the struggles that manufacturers face. Learn more about how to execute one of these events from MSCI’s Plant Tour Guide.

  1. Visit Your Representatives—at Home, and in Washington

Building relationships with lawmakers and their staff often appears intimidating, confusing and —worst of all—a waste of time. Yet, a recent survey showed “in-person visits by constituents” was the best strategy to influence an undecided lawmaker. Where to start? Check out these 7 Strategies.

  1. Write a Letter to Your Local Paper

Lawmakers have staff dedicated to taking the pulse of constituents back home by tracking local media. Want your member to notice you? Use their name on social media or in a letter to the editor at your local newspaper and state clearly what you want—whether it’s tax reductions for pass-through entities or holding our trading partners more accountable. Be clear, concise, specific and always call your member of Congress by name to act.

  1. Vote

More than half of the 12 million Americans employed in the manufacturing sector don’t vote! It’s important for everyone to vote—it’s our duty as Americans.  Register to vote and use this guide for information on holding voter registration drives. Next year is a midterm election year—it’s never too soon to start planning!