[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

Hi everyone, 
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. 

Marci Carpenter 
Assistant Legislative Coordinator 
Congressman Jim McDermott 
Jessica Lee 
Jessica.lee at mail.house.gov 
Phone: 202-225-3106 

Congressman David Reichert (R 
Ashley Johnson 
Ashley.johnson at mail.house.gov 
Phone: 202-225-7761 

Senator Maria Cantwell 
Sam Mack 
Samuel_mack at cantwell.senate.gov 
Phone: 202-224-3441 
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