The Becker & Poliakoff Federal lobbying team includes experienced Washington, D.C. insiders who served as Chiefs of Staff to U.S. Congressmen. Omar Franco served as Chief of Staff for Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Clarence Williams served for Congressman Kendrick Meek (D-FL), and Amanda Wood served as Chief Legislative Director to Senator Bob Graham. After years of high level service on Capitol Hill, Omar, Clarence and Amanda enjoy strong relationships with members and staff from both sides of the aisle.
The team has pursued effective federal relations agendas to their successful conclusion, bringing in federal monies for projects of significant regional and national importance. These successes are the result of the close professional working relationships we have developed with key elected officials, congressional leaders, and members on the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. Furthermore, our years of congressional experience have resulted in long-standing professional relationships with staff members of many committees in the House and the Senate, which we are able to use to the benefit of our clients.
In addition, members of Becker & Poliakoff’s local and state government practices have worked closely with House and Senate leaders, many of whom began their career in local and state government. The Federal lobbying team has extensive experience in issues relating to federal appropriations, heath care, higher education, homeland security, defense, taxation, alternative energy, local government issues and international trade.
Appropriations & Legislative Client Accomplishments
In addition to our appropriations accomplishments, the entire B&P team is engaged on a daily basis in support of or opposition to various statutory (Congressional) or regulatory (Executive) policy proposals of critical interest to either our clients or the public at large. Many of these efforts have ultimately resulted in significant savings, operational adjustments, or increased protections for both clients and the consumers involved. Examples of work on these include: