Your Lobbyists

Your lobbyists. Your future.

AYA’s lobbyists work on behalf of our membership to make progress on the issues that matter to young Americans. Each day, they’re there IRL on Capitol Hill advocating for our generation's wants and needs, holding lawmakers accountable, and using the inner workings of the political process to improve the system.

A day in the life of AYA’s lobbyists includes:

Submitting letters for the record on issues that impact communities

A day in the life of AYA’s lobbyists includes:

Building relationships with Members of Congress and their staff ("staffers")

A day in the life of AYA’s lobbyists includes:

Attending Congressional hearings to show AYA’s support for various issues

A day in the life of AYA’s lobbyists includes:

Liaising with the public and lawmakers to translate policy impacts

A day in the life of AYA's lobbyists includes:

Submitting written testimony for hearings and committees that records AYA's position on issues for the Congressional record

A day in the life of AYA’s lobbyists includes:

Submitting letters for the record on issues that impact communities

A day in the life of AYA’s lobbyists includes:

Building relationships with Members of Congress and their staff ("staffers")

Action Reports

Weekly updates written by your lobbyist

Week of November 15-19

This week's events:

  • Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
    • Analysis: After many weeks of AYA advocating for our priorities in the reconciliation package, President Biden has finally signed into law the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (formerly known as BIF). We dissected the new law to identify key wins for our generation, and summarized here. AYA's Executive Director released a statement on the passage of the framework here.
    • WH Briefings: AYA attended debrief meetings with the White House to learn more about specific areas of the bill that pertain to young people.
  • Hill meetings: Since there is still more work to be done on the never-ending reconciliation package (BBBA), AYA has been zooming in for hill meetings with top priority offices in the Senate. This week we met with the offices of Sen. Stabenow (D-MI) and Sen. Brown (D-OH) to focus on some of their work as members of the Finance committee. We shared our members top health priorities in the reconciliation package, including lowering drug costs, expanding Medicaid and improving Medicare to move us steps closer to a nation-wide single-payer system. We also discussed ways that our Members could partner with them to share their experiences with the healthcare system. If you have any stories to share or would like to join us for virtual Hill meetings, please email info@joinaya.org.
  • Medicare for All advocacy: On Friday AYA health lobbyist Emily Shetty joined allies for our monthly coalition meeting to strategize on how to expand Medicare and advocate for Medicare for All.
  • PSLF meetings with USED: Over the last few weeks, AYA has been closely monitoring the recent changes to the PSLF program that has already resulted in some borrowers having their loans forgiven. AYA and our members recently met with the staff at the Department of Education to discuss the ongoing improvements and are building a strong relationship with them to monitor the process and ensure efforts continue to help our members.