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

Robert Dyson rdyson at cocenter.org
Wed Sep 12 19:50:57 UTC 2018

And it is not even in their state.  Good thing nothing to do for the National government when a national disaster is happening.  Didn't they just have a 5 month summer break?

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

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.
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