“DU volunteers are the best of the best—our grassroots fundraising has shown that for decades—and their voices are just as strong in the halls of Congress as they are in banquet halls across the country,” says Scott Sutherland, director of DU’s Governmental Affairs Office in Washington, D.C. “It’s crucial for our members and supporters to have their voices heard, and the continued success of NAWCA is an example of what our membership is capable of.”
DU’s Governmental Affairs staff will begin working on behalf of NAWCA as soon as the president releases his budget recommendations for FY 2010, likely in early February 2009. “Once the president releases his budget, we are in full-time NAWCA-support mode,” Sutherland says. “Our legislative team will be hustling, making phone calls to educate members of Congress on the importance of adequate funding, which is getting tougher and tougher with tightening budgets.”
The current budget environment makes input from DU volunteers on behalf of NAWCA increasingly important. A member of Congress might not be willing to sign DU’s letter of support until a constituent contacts his or her office, and even then, contact from several constituents is often required. DU’s Washington staff is already laying the groundwork for this year’s push, and DU volunteers on DU’s Governmental Affairs Team (see sidebar) are ready to help ensure a bright future for NAWCA. To learn more about how you can help, please visit ducks.org/nawca.
Join DU’s Governmental Affairs Team
As the only waterfowl organization with a full-time presence in Washington, D.C., Ducks Unlimited’s access and influence are vital to conserving waterfowl habitat and sustaining our waterfowl hunting traditions. To stay informed about the issues that could affect your next trip to the blind, become a member of DU’s Governmental Affairs Team. These volunteers support DU’s public policy efforts by calling and e-mailing members of Congress and by recruiting others to help spread the word. Your voice can make the difference between an important conservation bill passing or failing. If you are interested in being part of DU’s Governmental Affairs Team, please visit ducks.org/volunteer/publicpolicy.