Congressional In-District Program
In a time when most communication is conducted online, it's more important than ever to get in front of federal legislators to share information and let them know how we feel about the policies they make on Capitol Hill. The CCIM Congressional In-District Program can help us connect with members of Congress at home.
If you have not yet had an opportunity to meet with your members of Congress, it is not too late. It is imperative CCIM members meet with their federal legislators year-round to keep the message fresh and relationships strong.
If you plan to schedule a visit, please touch base with your Chapter President or Legislative Affairs contact, who might be able to connect you with other members in your district who are scheduling visits. This Chapter Presidents Roundtable list can be found in the CCIM Connect Governance Reference Library, under Additional Resources.
Meet Your Legislator
Find Your Federal Legislators
Find out who your federal elected officials are and get their contact information.
Request a Meeting
Call the legislator's office and ask for their scheduler's email address. Email their scheduler and ask to meet with the legislator in their district office. You can use this script to assist with scheduling.
Let CCIM Know About Your Meeting
Let us know if you have a meeting. Send us your meeting details as soon as they are finalized. You can resubmit information if any details change.
Refer to the resources below on how to make your meeting a success.
Learn The Issues
Extend the Section 179D Deduction for Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings
Section 179D, the commercial buildings energy efficiency tax deduction, was retroactively reauthorized through the end of 2017 by the February 9, 2018, budget deal. Enacted as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, this provision allows commercial building owners who improve the building's energy-efficiency (via the building envelope, HVAC system, hot water, or the interior lighting system) to receive a deduction of as much as $1.80 per square foot in the year the upgrade goes into service, after receiving the proper third-party certification. It is available for both new construction and retrofits and does not favor any particular method of conserving/reducing energy use. CCIM urges Congress to pass H.R. 3301, the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act, which extends the Section 179D deduction through December 31, 2020.
Support Increased Infrastructure Investment
Continued investments in our country's physical infrastructure are critical to a thriving real estate sector. High quality infrastructure systems, including transportation, utilities, and telecommunications, are a crucial factor influencing real estate investment throughout the United States. Investment and improvement in our infrastructure quality is imperative to maintaining economic competitiveness in today's global economy. This investment in our physical infrastructure not only improves commercial real estate opportunities but also contributes to positive job and economic growth. Roads, transit systems, and bridges are critical investments in every community. This type of infrastructure provides the basic fabric of economic competitiveness that cities and states throughout America rely on to transfer goods and services.
Reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program
The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) allows properties in flood zones to insure against flooding, when private-market options may not be available, Without the NFIP, millions of home and small business owners in 22,000 communities nationwide would not be able to obtain a mortgage or insurance to protect their properties against the most common and costly natural disaster in the U.S.: flooding. The program reduces the number of uninsured properties that would otherwise turn to the federal government for taxpayer-funded disaster aid after floods. The National Flood Insurance Program will expire on September 30, 2019. CCIM urges Congress to pass H.R. 3167, the National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, which reauthorizes the program for 5 years and makes improvements to mapping, provides mitigation funding and authorizes FEMA to offer umbrella policies for commercial properties, including multifamily and agricultural properties.
Tips for a Successful Meeting
Learn how to effectively advocate for your industry.
You probably have some questions about protocol for scheduling and attending meetings with your legislator. The FAQs page will answer everything you wanted to know about the CCIM Congressional In-District meetings.
2019 Issue Brief
Learn about the issues. Not only will you educate your federal legislator about CCIM, you can also discuss timely issues. Download the talking points (PDF).
Print out this leave-behind (PDF) to give your member of Congress when you have a meeting. It reiterates what you discussed and reminds the legislator how you feel about a certain issue. You can also attach it to your follow-up email after your meeting.