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10-2-15 ENT Advocate

October 2, 2015

Lead Story:
ENT PAC Surpasses Annual Meeting Fundraising Goal!
Thanks to the generous support of its Investors, ENT PAC raised more than $21,000 during the AAO-HNSF 2015 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM, surpassing our 20th Anniversary goal. The ENT PAC Board of Advisors and staff thank all those who made contributions in Dallas, and urges others to keep the 20th Anniversary momentum going by donating to ENT PAC today!*

Action Requested:
Sign-up for the Academy’s New PROJECT 535 Program
Successful legislative advocacy starts with a solid grassroots foundation. To ensure our message is heard broadly on Capitol Hill, the AAO-HNS, in conjunction with the Board of Governors, has launched PROJECT 535, a new program to recruit a “key contact” for each U.S. Senate and House Congressional seat. Pairing AAO-HNS Members with lawmakers in each state/Congressional district will improve our outreach and effectiveness when major issues impacting the specialty are debated by Congress. Sign up today!

Plan Your October I-GO Event TODAY
As a physician, you know firsthand how new and proposed health-related policies will affect your practice and your patients. Consider scheduling a meeting with your legislators during the October Congressional district work period and make your voice heard. For more information on the Academy’s In-district Grassroots Outreach (I-GO) initiative, or assistance in scheduling your meetings, please visit the Legislative Grassroots Webpage or contact   

Informational Updates:
ENT PAC Investors Enjoy the “Perks”
At this year’s Annual Meeting, 2015 ENT PAC Investors enjoyed various “perks” exclusive for PAC members. The Legislative Advocacy booth in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center housed a lounge area, with refreshments available for PAC Investors. Investors also enjoyed the annual “thank you” reception, which was held the evening of Monday, September 28, at Gilley’s Dallas. Finally, the ENT PAC Board of Advisors again hosted a private luncheon for members of the ENT PAC Chairman’s club ($1000+ donors), winners of the 2014 SRF Advocacy Involvement Campaign, and other key advocacy leaders. Attendees heard remarks from special guest, former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and engaged in a subsequent Q&A session. ENT PAC staff thanks all 2015 Investors for their generous support!

House Speaker John Boehner Announces Surprise Resignation
On Friday, September 25, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, John Boehner (R-OH), announced his intention to resign from Congress at the end of October. Speaker Boehner’s decision to resign stemmed from a desire to protect the institution from additional turmoil. The current House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), is expected to replace Boehner in the top leadership position. As such, additional elections are likely for the Majority Leader and Majority Whip. The elections are scheduled to take place on October 8.  

Government Shut Down Averted
On Wednesday, lawmakers on Capitol Hill passed a “clean” Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government through December 11. In the U.S. House of Representatives, many Republicans voted against the measure because the bill lacked language to defund Planned Parenthood. Congress will revisit the matter in December, which could prove to be a daunting task given the pending changes in House leadership. For updates on this and other legislation, follow the Legislative Advocacy team on Twitter @AAOHNSGovtAffrs.

Other Time-Sensitive Academy Updates:
BOG Elects New Officers
At the AAO-HNS 2015 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM, the Academy’s Board of Governors (BOG) held elections for the Chair-Elect and Secretary positions. The winners of these elections were Stacey L. Ishman, MD, MPH, for BOG Chair-Elect and Ken Yanagisawa, MD, for BOG Secretary. The terms for the positions officially began on October 1, 2015.

*Contributions to ENT PAC are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. Contributions are voluntary, and all members of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery have the right to refuse to contribute without reprisal. Federal law prohibits ENT PAC from accepting contributions from foreign nationals. By law, if your contributions are made using a personal check or credit card, ENT PAC may use your contribution only to support candidates in federal elections. All corporate contributions to ENT PAC will be used for educational and administrative fees of ENT PAC, and other activities permissible under federal law. Federal law requires ENT PAC to use its best efforts to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation, and the name of the employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in a calendar year.