Congressional Action Days

41st Congressional Action Days
March 22-23, 2021

Your CAD Registration fee includes:

  • Breakfast and lunch on Monday and Tuesday
  • SmarTrip card for Metro transportation
  • Tuesday’s bus transportation from the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City to Capitol Hill
  • Tuesday’s Hospitality Suite
  • Tuesday’s Day’s End Reception

Bring a first-timer with you – for FREE!

Your CAD registration includes an additional FREE registration* for a second person from your company who has never attended CAD before. Offer not available online. Contact meetings@safnow.org.

* Second registration must be a first-time attendee. Offer not available online.

Congressional Action Days Hotel

The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City 
1250 South Hayes Street
Arlington, VA 22202

Room Rates and Reservations: Call the hotel at 703-415-5000 and ask for the SAF Congressional Action Days room block rate of $249 single/double per night plus local tax. Or book your CAD hotel room online here.  The cut-off date for guaranteeing the SAF room rate is Feb. 16, 2021. Make your reservation early as the hotel sold out in 2020. Some restrictions on cancellation may apply.

Transportation: A taxicab can take you to the CAD hotel, which is a 4-minute drive from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Another option is to take the Metro subway. DCA is one stop from the CAD hotel at Pentagon City on the Yellow or Blue Lines. If you require transportation assistance, please call the hotel’s Concierge Services at 703-415-5000.

Always book your SAF hotel rooms using the information posted above. If you receive a phone call from any company claiming they are a responsible for SAF housing, it is a scam. These companies are not in any way affiliated with the Society of American Florists and should not be used to make reservations. If you have any questions about hotel rooms for SAF’s events, please contact SAF’s Laura Weaver at 703-838-5221.

Take a look back at SAF CAD 2020

Monday, March 9, 2020

7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

KICK-OFF BREAKFAST

Speaker: Matt Paul, Cornerstone Government Affairs

Matt Paul is a big player in Iowa politics. In 2011 he joined the Obama administration, and he ran Hillary Clinton’s victorious caucus campaign in 2016. No doubt, 2020 candidates will tap him for advice and connections. Fresh off the excitement of Super Tuesday, hear Paul’s insider take on how the presidential race is shaping up.

9:30 a.m. – Noon

ISSUES AND ADVOCACY TRAINING

Speakers: Dr. Joe Bischoff, Alice Gomez, SAF; Susan Sweat, Todd Webster, Cornerstone Government

Find out how to talk about the key issues affecting the industry. During this session, SAF lobbyists and members explain the issues and talking points you’ll deliver in your congressional appointments. Plus, a role-playing exercise with lobbyists from both sides of the aisle preps you on effective Hill communications.

Noon – 1:00 p.m.

LUNCH

Meet with participants from your state or region over lunch and talk about how best to tell the industry’s story during your congressional appointments.

1:30 – 4:00 p.m

COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE

Every Congressional Action Days includes a field trip. This year, we’re going on a Washington Walks tour which will provide an opportunity to network while touring iconic sites.

6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

SAFPAC PARTY*

Don’t miss this pep rally for SAFPAC — the only national political action committee dedicated to advocating for the floral industry. This social dinner event promises lively industry trends conversations and pop-up speakers. Plus 100 percent of your SAFPAC Party ticket is used to help elect floriculture-friendly members of Congress.

*There is an additional fee to attend this special event supporting SAF’s Political Action Committee.
To learn more, contact Katie Butler: 703-838-5200; kbutler@safnow.org.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

GRASSROOTS BREAKFAST

Speaker: Rep. Stacey Plaskett (D)

Start the big day with a member of Congress. U.S. Virgin Islands Rep. Stacey Plaskett (D) is a member of the House Committee on Agriculture and chairs the Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research — critical to the Floriculture and Nursery Research Initiative. She explains why your conversations with lawmakers are important.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

CONGRESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

This is your chance to tell lawmakers about how laws and regulations affect your business. Wear comfy dress shoes, and we’ll give you a wearable flower and take you to Capitol Hill to visit congressional offices as part of your state or regional delegation.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

hortica - a brand of the sentry insurance groupHOSPITALITY SUITE

Sponsored by Hortica 

Between appointments, the Capitol Hill Club is your home base.
Stop by the hospitality suite to grab lunch or snacks, chat with other participants, and send thank-you messages to lawmakers and staff you visited. Be sure to share your #safcad experiences on social media.

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

OPEN MIC NIGHT

Gather with fellow attendees to unwind, share experiences and frame the events of a very busy day with fascinating personal perspective during this reception.

Congressional Action Days 2020 Speakers

Dr. Joe Bischoff

Dr. Joe Bischoff is SAF’s senior lobbyist and a member of the agriculture and natural resources team at Cornerstone Government Affairs. His work focuses on the intersection of federal programs and the pursuit of science-based solutions to plant health and crop production challenges. Dr. Bischoff has served on a number of scientific committees including the National Invasive Species Council’s Invasive Species Advisory Committee and the National Clean Plant Network. Previously, Dr. Bischoff was with the USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service where he was National Mycologist and Lead Scientist on the APHIS Intercepted Plant Pathogen Sequence Initiative.

Alice Gomez

SAF lobbyist Alice Gomez is an attorney with Cornerstone Government Affairs and a professional member of the food and agriculture practice group. She represents producer organizations, international entities, commodity research and promotion programs, food manufacturers and distributors on issues related to the marketing of agricultural products, international trade, and nutrition.

Matt Paul

Prior to Cornerstone Government Affairs, Paul joined the Obama Administration as communications director at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Matt Paul served as the state director in Iowa for the 2016 Clinton Presidential Campaign and transitioned to be the Chief of Staff for the Vice Presidential Candidate Senator Tim Kaine.

Rep. Stacey E. Plaskett (D)

U.S. Virgin Islands Rep. Stacey E. Plaskett serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and House Committee on Oversight and Reform. As a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, she chairs the Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research. Rep. Plaskett serves in the Democratic Caucus as a Senior Whip. She is also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, and the New Democrats Coalition where she is the Co-Chair of the Taskforce on Infrastructure.

Susan Sweat

At Cornerstone Government Affairs, Susan Sweat focuses on higher education, national security, health research, financial services, and appropriations issues. She has successfully navigated many provisions through the legislative process, utilizing her expertise and experience in devising floor and committee strategies. She served as a senior staffer for Senator Roger F. Wicker (R-MS) during his service in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

Todd Webster

Prior to Cornerstone Government Affairs, Todd Webster served as the chief of staff to U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), a member of the Senate Democratic Leadership, where he acted as the Senator’s top advisor on all legislative, leadership, political, and communications matters, overseeing a staff of 30 and an annual budget of $3 million.

SAF Congressional Action Days 2020 is underwritten by:

Platinum Partner

Gold Partners

Special Thanks to

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