Wednesday, April 16, 2014

ASDA Lobby Day in DC 2014

Last weekend, a group of us from Penn Dental went down to DC to lobby as part of ASDA’s Lobby Day. If you follow me on Twitter, you saw real-time updates of our DC pictures.

Turns out, it happened to be prime time cherry blossom week. These finicky flowers only bloom for a week or so. It was super fortunate timing on our part.

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I caught up with my life guru Apoorv who is now working in DC. He of course had words of wisdom (and tough love) for me. We all went out for frozen yogurt at Pinkberry after our dinner.


After being primed on the issues we were to lobby for (it included two bills on student loans and one on funding for pro bono dentistry) all of Monday, Tuesday morning we headed to Capitol Hill to meet up with representatives from Pennsylvania district offices. I have to admit, I was nervous to meet with these people who had so much power. One bill- S. 1066 Federal Loan Refinancing Act- if passed, could mean savings of thousands of dollars for us dental students.


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I love ASDA because we become strong in numbers. By organizing concerted initiatives like this annual Lobby Day, we as the dental profession have a voice on Capitol Hill. As for me, I learned tons about the details of law-making and lobbying efforts. Plus, ASDA’s introduction on Monday was so efficient and so well-organized- I was so impressed by the immense amount of work ASDA put into this important event!

You can read more about Lobby Day on ASDA’s official blog, Mouthing Off.