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Join the Virtual Summit from August 31 – September 4

Engagement with lawmakers is more important than ever before, particularly as Congress moves forward on pandemic-related legislation that directly impacts the health care community.

Recognizing that many member advocates may not be able to travel to our nation's capital, the AUA is now bringing Washington to you later this summer with our Virtual Annual Urology Advocacy Summit! The five days of programming will begin on August 31 and will feature a virtual Hill Day of meetings with lawmakers and congressional staff on September 1.

COVID-19 will, no doubt, have a lasting impact on the practice of medicine in the United States – and your voice makes a difference! Join us to learn about how the pandemic is impacting policy, how the urology community is responding and how you can get involved.

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2020 Keynote Speaker

Margaret Brennan

Margaret Brennan

Moderator, Face the Nation
CBS News’ Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent

Brennan’s news-making interviews and reporting have earned her a reputation as a tough but fair questioner with a range of expertise that includes domestic politics, foreign affairs and economic news.

Since joining CBS News, Brennan has conducted numerous interviews with newsmakers including President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Secretaries of State Mike Pompeo, Rex Tillerson, John Kerry and Hillary Clinton. The list also includes many presidential hopefuls, as well as heads of state in Iraq and South Korea.

While covering both the White House and State Department for CBS News, Brennan reported extensively on the Trump administration’s efforts to broker a deal with North Korea, presidential actions against ISIS, the migration crisis, attempts at tax and healthcare reform, as well as its trade policies including the standoff with China. In that dual domestic and foreign reporting role during the Obama administration, Brennan also covered the 2016 election interference by Russia, the global refugee crisis, healthcare policy and trade negotiations.

Brennan first joined CBS News as a State Department correspondent in 2012. In that capacity she traveled the world covering breaking national security issues including the landmark nuclear deal with Iran, the Syria chemical weapons agreement, the 2012 attack on US personnel in Benghazi, and diplomatic opening with Cuba. She has reported from the field in Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Guantanamo Bay, and other hotspots. She received a 2012 DuPont Columbia University award as part of team coverage of the Newtown tragedy.

Brennan has been reporting on politics, international affairs, and global markets since 2002.

Special Session for AUAPAC Members

Charlie Cook

Charlie Cook

Editor & Publisher
The Cook Political Report

As the editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report and a political analyst for the National Journal Group, his prodigious writing is a direct line to the heart of politics. He writes weekly for National Journal magazine and National Journal Daily, and he also pens a regular column for The Washington Quarterly. Once deemed "the Picasso of election analysis" by The Wall Street Journal and represented exclusively by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, Cook produces "the sharpest political handicapping in the business, serving as the one-man, go-to-source for Americans who want to be truly informed." For the spring semester of 2013, Charlie Cook also served as a resident fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

The plaudits for Charlie Cook are the best kind of broken record - an endless loop of praise. The New York Times has called Cook "one of the best political handicappers in the nation" and noted that The Cook Political Report is "a newsletter that both parties regard as authoritative." Bob Schieffer of CBS News calls it "the bible of the political community," and David Broder of The Washington Post said Cook is "perhaps the best non-partisan tracker of Congressional races." In its feature "The Top 50 Journalists in Washington," The Washingtonian called him a "master observer" and "the man who knows more about politics than anyone else," and in 2010 Cook was a co-recipient of the American Political Science Association's prestigious Carey McWilliams Award to honor "a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics."

Cook's expertise has been featured on the ABC, CBS, and NBC evening news programs, as well as Good Morning America, TODAY, Nightline, Meet the Press, and This Week. He has also been an election night analyst for CNN, CBS, and NBC News and for every presidential election since 1994.

He founded The Cook Political Report in 1984, and became a twice-weekly columnist for Roll Call, Capitol Hill's premier newspaper, before joining the National Journal Group in 1998.

This event is open to all 2020 AUAPAC donors* who have given at the silver membership level or higher. Learn more about AUAPAC.

* AUAPAC is a "separate segregated" fund (SSF) established by the American Urological Association, Inc. Contributions to AUAPAC, which is a multicandidate committee, are not deductible as charitable contributions for Federal Income Tax purposes. Further, contributions by one person in the name of another person are prohibited. PAC contributions are also not reimbursable by an employer or any other entity. The FEC requires that certain information on each donor (who contributes $200 or more per year) such as the donor's name, address, occupation, and employer's name be collected and reported to the Commission. By contributing to AUAPAC you affirm that you: are a US citizen or an individual lawfully admitted with permanent resident status; that your contribution is made from your own personal funds and not from corporate, foreign national, or labor union funds; that you will not receive reimbursement by anyone for this contribution, and that your contributions to AUAPAC will not aggregate in excess of $5,000 per calendar year. Contributions are voluntary and you have a right to refuse to contribute without reprisal.

Hot Topics

The Summit focuses on a myriad of issues of importance to the urology community, including:

Legislation

Various federal and state measures that directly impact a urologists ability to practice medicine.

Regulation

The regulatory arena and the ramifications that agencies such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have on urologic professionals around the country.

Patient Access

Timely access to treatments and medications that enhance urologic patients' quality of life.