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How to Keep Advocating When Your Policy Stance Loses Steam

Advocating for the unpopular opinions

Congress works in unusual ways, to the point where an issue your organization might be closely following can shift seemingly out of nowhere, leaving you in response mode.

That was the position the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) found itself in when something it had long advocated for—a move away from the daylight saving time switchover—passed in the Senate. However, the bill would make daylight saving time permanent, rather than a reversion to permanent standard time, which is what the organization had been advocating.

“It was really a sudden thing, and there wasn’t really much discussion at all,” said Melissa Clark, AASM’s director of advocacy and public awareness.

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