Congressional Action Days

Recently returned from Washington, D.C. where we walked the snowy Capital Hill to lobby our senators and representatives regarding floral industry and small business issues. It was cold and windy but a lot of fun to see other members of the Society of American Florists, adorned with flowers, marching across the Hill to see their own members of Congress. Senator Wyden was very welcoming and even agreed to pose for a quick photo. Overall, our appointments went well and we felt that our voice was heard and it felt good to participate in the democratic process.

Shirley Lyons (left), Senator Ron Wyden (center), & Toviana Jackson (right)

Shirley Lyons (left), Senator Ron Wyden (center), & Toviana Jackson (right)

Jacinth Meskers (left) and Toviana Jackson (right)

Jacinth Meskers (left) and Toviana Jackson (right)

Researching the issues for Congressional Action Days

I am taking a break from researching the issues that we are presenting to our senators and representatives on Capital Hill tomorrow. The Society of American Florists has done a great job putting together position papers for us regarding the issues that affect us in the floral industry (and many other industries and small businesses out there). We are working on immigration reform, Agriculture jobs, the Estate Tax, and other issues that affect small businesses. It is a lot of information to take in but I am doing some additional research on my own to be as prepared as possible.

It was gorgeous weather when we arrived Friday evening but snowed a fair bit last night and is cold and windy outside. We’re florists, though, and made from tough stock so we can handle it.

In between meetings I have walked over to the White House a few times since it is only 2 blocks away and am taking a tour of Iwo Jima with James Bradley (author of Flags of our Fathers and Flyboys) later tonight. I am very tired from the last few days (6th cup of coffee in front of me right now) but know that the work that we are doing here for our industry and small businesses all across America is worth it.