AMAC Member Meetings: The Power of Grassroots Advocacy

AMAC Member Meeting with Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16)
From AMAC Representative, Rachel Wein:

On Wednesday, August 13th, 52 AMAC members from IL-16 joined Congressman Adam Kinzinger in Rockford, Illinois, for a town hall meeting.  The hour-long event featured opening remarks by the Congressman – followed by a lively Q&A session.  Congressman Kinzinger’s remarks primarily focused on the constrained fiscal environment under which the government is currently operating and what he is committed to improving in order to keep crucial programs, like Social Security, solvent.


Congressman Kinzinger began his presentation by drawing a visual breakdown of the federal government’s budget, showing the allocation of mandatory versus discretionary spending.  He acknowledged that even the Department of Defense – which receives the highest of allocations – faces continuous cuts over FY15. To his expressed support for Israel’s Iron Dome, the Congressman received applause from the entire room. Then, when a member asked the Congressman about the “benefits” bestowed on the illegal migrants rushing over the southwest border, he shared their concerns, further driving the point home that American taxpayers are hurting and the resources funneled toward this effort are an unwarranted burden on the national debt.

In addition to these topics, Congressman Kinzinger answered questions regarding the crisis in the Ukraine and America’s foreign policy as well as reforming the VA.  AMAC members from all across the country continue to engage in meaningful discussions with their elected representatives – demonstrating the force of the AMAC membership and their concern for the direction of the country.

Congressman Adam Kinzinger meets with an AMAC couple following the town hall meeting.

Congressman Adam Kinzinger meets with an AMAC couple following the town hall meeting

Congressman Kinzinger poses with AMAC's Rachel Wein.

Congressman Kinzinger poses with AMAC’s Rachel Wein.

AMAC Member Meeting with Congressman John Fleming (LA-04)

From AMAC Delegate Coordniator, Caroline Rayburn:

Assembled in a public library in Shreveport, Louisiana, 50 AMAC members turned out to hear from Representative John Fleming.  In one hour, the Congressman covered a lot of legislative ground – answering questions about immigration, the future of Social Security, ObamaCare, and the House of Representatives’ decision to sue President Obama for overstepping his executive authority.  Though AMAC members expressed frustration with Congress’ inaction, Rep. Fleming rightly noted that the House has passed 357 bills that the “do-nothing Senate” has refused to even consider.  The Congressman also took time to warn AMAC members about a fourth dangerous so-called branch of government: the bureaucracies.  Government agencies, such as HHS, IRS, and EPA, have grown increasingly more powerful to both create and enforce laws without Congress’ help – thereby averting an important check on executive power.  The Congressman greatly appreciated meeting with an informed, passionate group of mature Americans and seniors and urged them to remain up-to-date on the policies being established in Washington.

Congressman John Fleming interacts with a large group of AMAC members in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Congressman John Fleming interacts with a large group of AMAC members in Shreveport, Louisiana.

AMAC Member Meeting with Congressman Keith Rothfus (PA-12)
From AMAC’s Delegate Coordinator, Caroline Rayburn:

On Friday, August 1st, 22 AMAC members gathered in the Hampton Township Community Center in Allison Park, Pennsylvania, to meet with Representative Keith Rothfus.  The Congressman, however, was unexpectedly detained in Washington, D.C., when the House opted to remain in session in order to pass a critical immigration bill.  Still, AMAC members in attendance were able to speak with the Congressman, who called in to the meeting to update members on the state of the immigration crisis in America.  Answering a number of questions pertaining to immigration, ObamaCare, and President Obama’s pattern of excessive executive overreach, Rep. Rothfus gave AMAC members insight into the root causes of Washington’s dysfunction.  AMAC members expressed their appreciation for having an opportunity to gather and fellowship with like-minded individuals at the meeting, and they were able to make their concerns known to their Congressman.

Congressman Keith Rothfus's District Director answers questions from AMAC members during the town hall meeting.

Congressman Keith Rothfus’s District Director answers questions from AMAC members during the town hall meeting.

AMAC Delegate Teleconferences:

Mark your calendars for AMAC’s next round of Delegate teleconferences.  AMAC’s Andy Mangione and Caroline Rayburn will be leading another series of teleconferences on Thursday, August 28, 2014.  Calls will be scheduled throughout the day on Thursday, at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM, and 9:00 PM, according to Eastern Daylight Time.

AMAC Delegates planning to participate in the teleconferences must RSVP to Caroline Rayburn at [email protected] or by phone at 888-262-2006 ext. 1035 prior to August 28th.  The call-in number is 530-881-1000 and the password is 819938#.  Please note that this is not a toll-free number, so long-distance charges may apply.

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