Something impressive happens in the month of September: Members of the House of Representatives flock to add their names to the latest pro-ESOP bill.
It happened last year, when 20 House members opted to sponsor HR 2096. And it is happening again this year: In the first 12 days of September this year (an election year, when representatives are most keenly attuned to constituents) already eight House members have decided to sponsor the bill.
What makes September so special?
Congress typically adjourns in the late summer, and its members head home—where many ESOP companies are waiting to host them on pre-arranged visits. In those visits, members of Congress get to see for themselves what makes ESOP companies unique. They get to see how involved and engaged employee owners are. They get to see the spirit of employee ownership for themselves.
When you host your members of Congress, they remember. For the past four decades, they have been telling us how profoundly those visits affect them.
And then they come back to Congress and sign on to the latest pro-ESOP bill.
They don’t do it because they have been flooded with e-mails, all generated by the same online program. And they don’t do it because a high-powered lobbyist in a finely tailored suit treated them to a fancy steak dinner in a dimly lit power-broker restaurant.
They do it because they have seen that special quality present in you, your employee owners, and your businesses. And—like us—they want to see more of it in America.