[Nfbc-info] Legislative Alert - August 10, 2018 Please Take Action As Soon As Possible

Shannon Dillon shannonldillon at gmail.com
Mon Aug 13 20:01:05 UTC 2018

Good afternoon Fellow Federationists:
Please see John Paré's message below and take action as soon as
possible concerning the Accessible Technology Affordability Act.
Thank you.
Shannon Dillon

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From: "Pare, John via NFBNet-Members-List" <nfbnet-members-list at nfbnet.org>
Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2018 13:29:53 +0000
Subject: [Nfbnet-members-list] Legislative Alert - August 10, 2018
To: "nfbnet-members-list at nfbnet.org" <nfbnet-members-list at nfbnet.org>

Dear Fellow Federationists:

This legislative alert focuses on the Access Technology Affordability
Act (H.R. 1734/S. 732). We are making good progress on this
legislation and are up to eighty cosponsors in the House and ten in
the Senate. Also, the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) is actively
working to determine the annual cost of the bill, colloquially known
as the bill's "score." We are hoping to have this score before the
Labor Day break. A low score combined with support from JCT will
substantially increase the likelihood of the bill's passage.

All of this means that now is the time to work extra hard to build
cosponsor support for both H.R. 1734 and S. 732.

Therefore, please call or email your representative and ask him or her
to cosponsor H.R. 1734 and call or email your two senators and ask
them to cosponsor S. 732.

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
senator/representative]. I live in [city, state]. I am calling to urge
[your senator/representative] to cosponsor [S. 732 for Senate
calls/H.R. 1734 for House calls], 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 bill has wide cosponsor support
with eighty cosponsors in the House and ten in the Senate. I urge
[your senator/representative] to cosponsor the bill. Thanks."

Also, please check the list at the end of this email for the current
list of Senate and House cosponsors listed alphabetically by state.
You do not need to call anyone on this list, unless you would like to
call them and thank them for their cosponsorship.

The House of Representatives is currently on recess so you may want to
consider scheduling an in-person meeting in the district to discuss
this topic. If you are in a meeting, you will want to go into more
detail but calls and emails do not have to be very long. The key
points to mention: the bill number, that you are a constituent, and
that you urge the member of Congress to cosponsor the 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 or senators, please
copy me at JPare at nfb.org<mailto:JPare at nfb.org>.

It is critical that we move on this quickly, so please strive to make
your calls and send your emails as soon as possible.

Warm regards,


John Paré
(410) 659-9314 x 2218
National Federation of the Blind

Senate ATAA Cosponsor List:
Sen. Boozman, John [R-AR] - Bill Sponsor
Sen. Coons, Christopher A. [D-DE]
Sen. Hirono, Mazie K. [D-HI]
Sen. Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD]
Sen. Van Hollen, Chris [D-MD]
Sen. Peters, Gary C. [D-MI]
Sen. Blunt, Roy [R-MO]
Sen. Tester, Jon [D-MT]
Sen. Fischer, Deb [R-NE]
Sen. Shaheen, Jeanne [D-NH]
Sen. Inhofe, James M. [R-OK]

House ATAA Cosponsor List:
Rep. Young, David [R-IA-3] - Bill Sponsor
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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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]


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