[nfbwatlk] action needed on Space Available Bills in Congress
mjc59 at q.com
mjc59 at q.com
Mon Mar 18 19:34:37 UTC 2013
Our Space Available veterans bills (HB 164 & S 346) are gaining momentum. There are currently over 80 House sponsors and more than 10 in the Senate. Senator Murray, as well as Representatives Herrera-Beutler and McMorris-Rodgers have already signed on as cosponsors. We have been asked to target a couple of Congresspersons for their co-sponsorship of this bill. During yesterday's NFBW Board conference call we discussed the matter and decided to contact Representatives McDermott and Reichert, and also Senator Cantwell. I am attaching the Fact Sheet on this legislation in case anyone is unfamiliar with it. Basically, it would allow discharged service-disabled veterans to fly home on military aircraft when space available, a privilege now open to other service members and Red Cross workers. You can call or email Sen. Cantwell and Reps. McDermott & Reichert using the information listed below. Regardless of where you live, you may identify yourself as a member of the National Federation of the Blind of Washington and tell the office you are following up on the Federation's visit to their offices in February. Let's put an effort into this in the next couple of days and see if we can get more cosponsors from Washington!
Please put thee information below in your subject line if you make email contact:
House Subject: Please support 100% Service disabled veterans by cosponsoring HR 164
Senate Subject: Please support 100% service disabled veterans by cosponsoring S 346.
Here is the information about the primary sponsors. These are the people that our Congresspersons and Senator will contact in order to be added to the cosponsors list:
House: Miriam Keim in Congressman Bilirakis's office would be able to add Representatives to HR 164.
Senate: Kellin Clark in Senator Tester's office would be able to add Senator Cantwell as a cosponsor of S 346
Please let me know if you have any other questions. Good luck.
Assistant Legislative Coordinator
Congressman Jim McDermott
Jessica.lee at mail.house.gov
Congressman David Reichert (R
Ashley.johnson at mail.house.gov
Senator Maria Cantwell
Samuel_mack at cantwell.senate.gov
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