41st Congressional Action Days
March 2-3, 2021
Congressional Action Days is going virtual for 2021, giving more SAF members the opportunity to participate in the event. Stay tuned for more details.
Take a look back at SAF CAD 2020
Monday, March 9, 20207:30 – 9:00 a.m.
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.
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
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.
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; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, March 10, 20207:30 – 9:00 a.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.