Maritime Industry Congressional Sail-In, Capitol Hill, Wednesday, May 7, 2014
This year marks the fifth annual Maritime Industry Congressional Sail-In.
The “Sail-In” is the maritime industry’s annual day in Washington, D.C. that brings the industry’s story—with a focus on critical maritime issues—directly to individual Members of Congress and key staff in small-group meetings in the Senator or Congressperson’s own Congressional office on Capitol Hill.
The Pacific Merchant Marine Council supports the Sail-In!
2012 Sail-In Photos: http://www.maritimeindustrycongressionalsail-in.org/?page_id=589
2013 Sail-In Photos: http://www.maritimeindustrycongressionalsail-in.org/?page_id=840
Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Registration cut-off: April 15, 2014
Outline for the day:
This one day event will begin with a buffet Continental breakfast starting at 8:30 in room B339-B340 of the Rayburn House Office Building. This was the location of the breakfast last year. The room is best accessed via the building’s Independence Avenue entrance. At the breakfast you will sit with your team. There will be no speaker. Instead, this will be a time for the teams to meet among themselves and review the following: 1) The basic outline for their Congressional meetings that day, including the maritime issues to be discussed and in what sequence; 2) Questions that might come up and how to answer them; 3) The points that each member of the team—from their experience and knowledge—can contribute in the meetings that will underscore the arguments being made; 4)Information about the individual members of Congress and/or staff with whom the team will be meeting. In other words, this will be a time to be get down to brass tacks. Then, at 9:30—or before, depending on the time of your team’s first meeting—you and your team will leave the breakfast for your meetings.
From approximately 9:30 to 12:00 Noon your team will have two to four pre-arranged meetings with members of Congress and/or their staff.
Lunch is on your own with your team in one of the Senate or House cafeterias. Or, depending on your team’s meeting schedule, you are invited to stop by the American Maritime Congress—at 444 N. Capitol Street, Suite 800—that will again be sponsoring a complimentary lunch buffet from 11:30 – 1:30, as well as refreshments during the day.
From the early afternoon until about 5:00 p.m. your team will have two to four additional meetings with members of Congress and/or their key staff.
Closing reception, 5:00–7:00 p.m. on Capitol Hill—location—TBD.
- The maritime professionals who participate in the Sail-in represent virtually every segment of the American maritime industry.
- The 25 to 30 small teams of 5 or 6 members – organized in advance by the Sail-In Planning Committee – will have 4, up to 8 meetings with Members of Congress and/or key staff arranged in advance by the Sail-In Planning Committee.
- The day begins with a breakfast on Capitol Hill in which the teams sit together and focus on their schedule and work for the day.
- The teams are led by a maritime professional from Washington, D.C. familiar with the layout of Capitol Hill.
- The team leader uses a pre-determined outline that covers critical issues.
- In the meetings the members of the team provide comment and real world examples that underscore the points being made.
- At the conclusion of each meeting the leader provides the Member of Congress and/or staff with a hard copy handout that reinforces the points made.
- Any needed follow-up is done by the team leader.
- In total, counting all team meetings, from 155 up to 180 meetings are held that day all across Capitol Hill.
- The day ends with a reception at a convenient location on Capitol Hill.
- The Sail-In is an invaluable tool in showcasing the maritime industry and the crucial role it plays in our economy and our nation’s defense.