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The Fraternal Resolution is Back and Better than Ever!

April 8, 2019

This week we celebrate the reintroduction of the “Promoting American Fraternalism Resolution” in Congress! Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) are our lead sponsors for the Senate version (S.Con.Res.9) and Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO) are our lead sponsors for the House version (H.Con.Res.27).

We already have an impressive list of original co-sponsors in both the House and the Senate. On the Senate side, co-sponsors include: Sens. Mike Crapo (R-ID), Ben Cardin (D-MD), James Lankford (R-OK) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). On the House side, co-sponsors are: Reps. John Larson (D-CT), Tom Reed (R-NY), Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Mike Kelly (R-PA), Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO), Brian Higgins (D-NY), George Holding (R-NC), Terri Sewell (D-AL), Jackie Walorski (R-IN), Suzan Delbene (D-WA), Darin LaHood (R-IL), Gwen Moore (D-WI), John Shimkus (R-IL), Dan Kildee (D-MI), Sean Duffy (R-WI), Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Steve Stivers (R-OH), Denny Heck (D-WA), Richard Hudson (R-NC), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Glenn Grothman (R-WI), Betty McCollum (D-MN), Tom Emmer (R-MN), Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), and Mike Gallagher (R-WI).

This is the fourth session of Congress in which the Resolution has been introduced. During that time, Alliance members have worked hard to use the Resolution to educate and advocate for the fraternal model and earn the support of congressional allies on both sides of the aisle. While our larger members – particularly Thrivent and the Knights of Columbus – have carried the lion’s share of the workload on this effort, many other societies have joined the campaign.

Tax policy is always on the congressional agenda, and we need ALL of our allies ready to help defend the fraternal model. That means we NEED YOUR HELP! We need to get more cosponsors than we did last congress – and that’s a big number: 108 Representatives and 27 Senators! Keep in mind, more than 20% of the Congress is new – that means many new members of Congress need to be educated on what a fraternal is and exactly how we serve those in need in their states and congressional districts.

In 2019, I’d like to have every member do JUST ONE THING to secure a co-sponsor for the Resolution. That one thing could be writing a letter to the Representative from your society’s congressional district, and to the Senators from your society’s state encouraging them to co-sponsor the measure; inviting them to tour your office or, better yet, to participate in one of your society’s community service projects; or meeting with legislators and their staff on Capitol Hill or in the district to tell your fraternal story.

So, we have quite a task ahead of us, and we need your help. Our recruitment efforts kicked into high gear last week with a Thrivent/Alliance grassroots event in Washington, DC. Here are some photos of the group’s Capitol Hill visits proving once again that politics is a contact sport. And contacts from you are the most important arrow in our quiver.

Want to get involved? It’s easy. You can start by sending me an email at jannotti@fraternalalliance.org, and we’ll get you everything you need (including letter templates) to recruit your Representative and Senator to become a Resolution co-sponsor.