Boston - As the congressional battle to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) gets into full swing before the law's December 31, 2005, expiration, a new Web site launched by Liberty Mutual is designed to helps commercial insurance policyholders take an active role in securing an extension for this critical federal insurance backstop.Risk managers can use the site to encourage their federal legislators to support TRIA's extension, they can distribute the site's link to help their company's senior management push for the extension, and they can use the site to involve employees at all levels.

"While business groups have a number of powerful reasons to extend TRIA, legislators are most responsive to the people and companies in their districts - 'all politics is local,'" explains Paul Mattera, who heads public affairs for Liberty Mutual. "So we've created a Web site that helps individual risk managers, top management or employees throughout a company understand the need for TRIA and transform this into constituent action."

From, visitors can learn the top reasons for extending the backstop, read a range of studies supporting its extension, understand where the legislation stands in the complex political process, and get involved.

With a few mouse clicks, visitors can identify their federal legislators, find their contact information and personalize an online letter urging TRIA's extension. The "Risk Managers" button in the site's "Take Action" section gives risk managers step-by-step instructions for building employee support for the extension, including linking their intranet to the site


Source: Liberty Mutual

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