[Colorado-talk] Fwd: [Nfbnet-members-list] Urgent Legislative Alert 9-10-2018

Dan Burke burke.dall at gmail.com
Wed Sep 12 16:34:37 UTC 2018

Good morning fellow Colorado Federationists!

If you haven't made a call to Chairman Gootlatt's office, as John Pare
urged in the Monday e-mail below, please do so.  We are almost to the
finish line with the Marrakesh Treaty, but we need to power  through
this last mile!

It is expected that many members of Congress will be leaving town
before the hurricane makes landfall, so today is a good day to call!
I just made my call, and it took about 15 seconds.  Thank God we don't
have to worry about long distance calling any more! (smile)



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From: "Pare, John via NFBNet-Members-List" <nfbnet-members-list at nfbnet.org>
Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2018 18:11:10 +0000
Subject: [Nfbnet-members-list] Urgent Legislative Alert 9-10-2018
To: "nfbnet-members-list at nfbnet.org" <nfbnet-members-list at nfbnet.org>

Dear Fellow Federationists:

We are at a critical point with two of our legislative priorities
which need your immediate attention.

First, the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act (S. 2559) is sitting
idle in the House Judiciary Committee. We need Chairman Goodlatte to
discharge this bill and put it on the House suspension calendar for a
vote. The Department of State will not ratify the treaty until the
House of Representative passes this bill and the president signs it
into law. This legislation is noncontroversial, supported by all
relevant stakeholders, and was passed unanimously by the Senate on
June 28.

Please call Chairman Goodlatte at 202-225-5431 and urge him to
"support blind Americans by putting the Marrakesh Treaty
Implementation Act, S. 2559, on the House suspension calendar." Note
that Chairman Goodlatte's email web-form blocks any emails from
outside his district, so please contact his office via phone.

Our second topic is the Access Technology Affordability Act (H.R.
1734). We are up to 84 cosponsors in the House and 12 in the Senate.
Special thanks to the National Federation of the Blind of Illinois.
Fourteen House members from Illinois and Senator Tammy Duckworth have
cosponsored this legislation.

You can contact your member of Congress by calling the Capitol
Switchboard and asking for the office in question. The number is
202-224-3121. If you email your representative, please copy me at
JPare at nfb.org<mailto:JPare at nfb.org>.

When you call or email, you might say something like the following:

"Hello, my name is [your name] and I am a constituent of [your
representative]. I live in [city, state]. I am calling to urge [your
representative] to cosponsor H.R. 1734, the Access Technology
Affordability Act. This bill would increase the availability of Access
Technology thereby increasing educational and employment opportunities
for all blind Americans. The bill does this by creating a tax credit
for the purchase of access technology. The National Federation of the
Blind has analyzed the cost impact and the bill is either cost neutral
or will save the government money. I urge [representative] to
cosponsor the bill. Thanks."

The 84 House cosponsors are listed below in alphabetical order by
state. You do not need to contact your representative regarding ATAA
if he or she is already on this list.

In summary we are asking you to make two calls. One to Chairman
Goodlatte regarding the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act, and a
second call to your representative regarding the Access Technology
Affordability Act. If you have any questions I can be reached at
410-659-9314, extension 2218.


Access Technology Affordability Act (H.R. 1734) Cosponsors
Rep. Sewell, Terri A. [D-AL-7]
Rep. Young, Don [R-AK-At Large]
Rep. Grijalva, Raul M. [D-AZ-3]
Rep. O'Halleran, Tom [D-AZ-1]
Rep. Sinema, Kyrsten [D-AZ-9]
Rep. Correa, J. Luis [D-CA-46]
Rep. Denham, Jeff [R-CA-10]
Rep. Khanna, Ro [D-CA-17]
Rep. Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-19]
Rep. Napolitano, Grace F. [D-CA-32]
Rep. Roybal-Allard, Lucille [D-CA-40]
Rep. Schiff, Adam B. [D-CA-28]
Rep. Takano, Mark [D-CA-41]
Rep. Torres, Norma J. [D-CA-35]
Rep. Larson, John B. [D-CT-1]
Rep. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large]
Rep. Bilirakis, Gus M. [R-FL-12]
Rep. Curbelo, Carlos [R-FL-26]
Rep. Demings, Val Butler [D-FL-10]
Rep. Gaetz, Matt [R-FL-1]
Rep. Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL-20]
Rep. Lawson, Al, Jr. [D-FL-5]
Rep. Mast, Brian J. [R-FL-18]
Rep. Posey, Bill [R-FL-8]
Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [R-FL-27]
Rep. Soto, Darren [D-FL-9]
Rep. Gabbard, Tulsi [D-HI-2]
Rep. Hanabusa, Colleen [D-HI-1]
Rep. Bost, Mike [R-IL-12]
Rep. Bustos, Cheri [D-IL-17]
Rep. Davis, Danny K. [D-IL-7]
Rep. Davis, Rodney [R-IL-13]
Rep. Foster, Bill [D-IL-11]
Rep. Gutierrez, Luis V. [D-IL-4]
Rep. Kelly, Robin L. [D-IL-2]
Rep. LaHood, Darin [R-IL-18]
Rep. Lipinski, Daniel [D-IL-3]
Rep. Quigley, Mike [D-IL-5]
Rep. Roskam, Peter J. [R-IL-6]
Rep. Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL-1]
Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9]
Rep. Schneider, Bradley Scott [D-IL-10]
Rep. Brooks, Susan W. [R-IN-5]
Rep. Messer, Luke [R-IN-6]
Rep. Visclosky, Peter J. [D-IN-1]
Rep. Blum, Rod [R-IA-1]
Rep. Loebsack, David [D-IA-2]
Rep. Young, David [R-IA-3]
Rep. Barr, Andy [R-KY-6]
Rep. Yarmuth, John A. [D-KY-3]
Rep. Poliquin, Bruce [R-ME-2]
Rep. Raskin, Jamie [D-MD-8]
Rep. Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch [D-MD-2]
Rep. Capuano, Michael E. [D-MA-7]
Rep. McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2]
Rep. Moulton, Seth [D-MA-6]
Rep. Tsongas, Niki [D-MA-3]
Rep. Kildee, Daniel T. [D-MI-5]
Rep. Upton, Fred [R-MI-6]
Rep. Ellison, Keith [D-MN-5]
Rep. Nolan, Richard M. [D-MN-8]
Rep. Peterson, Collin C. [D-MN-7]
Rep. Cleaver, Emanuel [D-MO-5]
Rep. Kihuen, Ruben J. [D-NV-4]
Rep. Rosen, Jacky [D-NV-3]
Rep. Titus, Dina [D-NV-1]
Rep. Lujan, Ben Ray [D-NM-3]
Rep. Espaillat, Adriano [D-NY-13]
Rep. Faso, John J. [R-NY-19]
Rep. King, Peter T. [R-NY-2]
Rep. Meng, Grace [D-NY-6]
Rep. Price, David E. [D-NC-4]
Rep. Joyce, David P. [R-OH-14]
Rep. Ryan, Tim [D-OH-13]
Rep. Stivers, Steve [R-OH-15]
Rep. Evans, Dwight [D-PA-2]
Rep. Meehan, Patrick [R-PA-7]
Rep. Smucker, Lloyd [R-PA-16]
Rep. Thompson, Glenn [R-PA-5]
Rep. Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1]
Rep. Johnson, Eddie Bernice [D-TX-30]
Rep. O'Rourke, Beto [D-TX-16]
Rep. Sessions, Pete [R-TX-32]
Rep. Garrett, Thomas A., Jr. [R-VA-5]
Rep. Pocan, Mark [D-WI-2]

John G. Paré Jr.
Executive Director for Advocacy and Policy
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