For policy wonks like me, 2016 is off to an exciting start. Congress wrapped up 2015 without shutting down the government, a threat of falling off a “fiscal cliff” is no longer looming, and there is a new speaker of the House. Of course this year there is a presidential election and a number of lawmakers have announced their retirements at the end of this congressional session, providing an opportunity for Goodwill® advocates to make new connections with policymakers.
With an early summer recess scheduled and the political conventions and campaigning in the fall, there is a short window for much to be accomplished during the second session of the 114th Congress. In fact, the House has just over 110 legislative voting days on its calendar. Yet, that hasn’t stopped Congressional leaders from noting their priorities.
Issues among those priorities which Goodwill will be watching closely include:
Many of these issues are also hot topics for state lawmakers to tackle this year. During next week’s State of the Union address, we’ll learn more about the priorities for the administration during President Obama’s final year in office.
While my colleagues and I will follow these issues and proactively engage with stakeholders, we can’t be successful without advocates like you. There are a few resolutions that you can make this year to be an effective advocate and help advance issues that affect Goodwill and the people we serve:
No matter what you resolve to do, if you find an issue that you are passionate about you can quickly become an advocate.