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December 16, 2007

NACBA Meeting on Capitol Hill January 29 and 30


Dear NACBA Member:

I write to encourage you to participate in NACBA's upcoming Capitol Hill Meeting, which will be held in Washington, DC on Tuesday, January 29 and Wednesday, January 30.  The timing of the event is designed to coincide with the return of Congress to business after the State of the Union address, the weekdays on which lawmakers and their staff are most likely to be available for meetings, and the upcoming votes on the mortgage modification bills.

The Capitol Hill Meeting is a two-day event that consists of a half-day of training, followed by a full day of meetings with members of Congress and their staff that are arranged by NACBA. The training session on Tuesday will fully prepare you to advocate on behalf of debtors to your Senators and Congressman on Wednesday.

This is a unique opportunity to learn about how to participate in the legislative process, and to maximize your own ability to directly affect future legislation.

NACBA has played a leading role in initiating the home mortgage modification legislation. As you know, bills are currently pending in the House and Senate and are due for a vote early in 2008, but the lobby to prevent this legislation from becoming law is out in force.

We are ready to meet the challenge from the creditor lobby. But without the active involvement of as many NACBA members as possible, we will not be successful in getting the legislation passed. So, register now at  https://www.nacba.org/ecomm/user/lobbyday.php?ld=2 and help educate your congressional delegation about how such a change in the bankruptcy code will help families in their district and state stay in their homes.

The training session will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel, which is located in Georgetown.  There are several affordable near-by hotel options, including the Georgetown Suites (phone: 800.348.7203) and the Latham (phone: 888.587.2377).  The Georgetown Suites is offering a NACBA rate of $160/night/single, based on room availability.  Make sure to use the code "NACBA" when you phone.

The Capitol Hill meeting is schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Four Seasons Hotel , Washington, D.C., 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 342-0444

Noon - 1 p.m. Luncheon
1 - 2 p.m.  Review of NACBA's recent legislative activity and pending bills in Congress
2 - 2:30 p.m. How to conduct a successful meeting with your representative
2:30 - 2:45 p.m.  Break
2:45 - 5:15 p.m.  Preparing for legislative meetings:
? NACBA's message for Congress
? Connecting the Message with your Representatives
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.  Reception
6:45 - 7:45 p.m.  State Chairs' Meeting

Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Capitol Hill Hospitality Room - to be announced
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  NACBA member appointments with Senators, Congress Members, and staff, arranged by NACBA

This is a critical time for the collective voice of NACBA's membership to be heard in Congress. Please consider joining us for this important event.

Barbara Andelman, Executive Director

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