[NFBC-Info] Fwd: [Nfbnet-members-list] Legislative Alert 3/18/2020

Shannon Dillon shannonldillon at gmail.com
Thu Mar 19 15:30:18 UTC 2020

Hi everyone:
Please see the legislative alert from John Pare below.
Thank you.

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From: "Pare, John via NFBNet-Members-List" <nfbnet-members-list at nfbnet.org>
Date: Wed, 18 Mar 2020 14:34:36 +0000
Subject: [Nfbnet-members-list] Legislative Alert 3/18/2020
To: "nfbnet-members-list at nfbnet.org" <nfbnet-members-list at nfbnet.org>

Dear Federation Family:

As President Riccobono mentioned in the Presidential Notebook, we need
to continue to build cosponsor support for our legislation. We have
been focusing on the Access Technology Affordability Act (ATAA) and it
has paid off, so we want to keep that momentum up.

We currently have 83 cosponsors in the House (H.R. 2086) and 22
cosponsors in the Senate (S. 815). These cosponsor counts are
impressive, but we need to keep the pressure up to ensure that ATAA
moves from the committees to the floor and is ultimately passed into
law. Blind Americans are going to need the tools to secure employment
more than ever in the wake of this tragic Coronavirus pandemic. Please
call your representative and two senators and urge them to cosponsor
the Access Technology Affordability Act if they have not already done
so. A complete list of current cosponsors is included at the end of
this email.

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. 815 for Senate
calls/H.R. 2086 for House calls], the Access Technology Affordability
Act. This legislation removes an employment barrier commonly
experienced by blind Americans who cannot afford the high cost of
access technology by creating a refundable tax credit in the amount of
$2,000 to offset the cost of these technologies. In the wake of the
Coronavirus an employment bill for blind Americans is needed more than
ever. I urge [your senator/representative] to cosponsor the bill.


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 John Pare at jpare at nfb.org. Your calls and emails do make a

It is best to call or email the relevant tax staffer in your member of
Congress's office. If you need the name and email of the appropriate
staff person for any Senate or House office, please email Jesa Medders
at jmedders at nfb.org.

John Pare
National Federation of the Blind
410-659-9314, extension 2218

H.R. 2086 Cosponsors
Rep. Rogers, Mike D. [R-AL-3]
Rep. Gallego, Ruben [D-AZ-7]
Rep. Kirkpatrick, Ann [D-AZ-2]
Rep. Schweikert, David [R-AZ-6]
Rep. Aguilar, Pete [D-CA-31]
Rep. Calvert, Ken [R-CA-42]
Rep. Eshoo, Anna G. [D-CA-18]
Rep. Harder, Josh [D-CA-10]
Rep. Hunter, Duncan D. [R-CA-50]
Rep. Khanna, Ro [D-CA-17]
Rep. Lieu, Ted [D-CA-33]
Rep. Matsui, Doris O. [D-CA-6]
Rep. Panetta, Jimmy [D-CA-20]
Rep. Waters, Maxine [D-CA-43]
Rep. Crow, Jason [D-CO-6]
Rep. DeGette, Diana [D-CO-1]
Rep. Neguse, Joe [D-CO-2]
Rep. Larson, John B. [D-CT-1]
Rep. Blunt Rochester, Lisa [D-DE-At Large]
Rep. Gaetz, Matt [R-FL-1]
Rep. Lawson, Al, Jr. [D-FL-5]
Rep. Murphy, Stephanie N. [D-FL-7]
Rep. Rutherford, John H. [R-FL-4]
Rep. Shalala, Donna E. [D-FL-27]
Rep. Soto, Darren [D-FL-9]
Rep. Spano, Ross [R-FL-15]
Rep. Yoho, Ted S. [R-FL-3]
Rep. Gabbard, Tulsi [D-HI-2]
Rep. Davis, Rodney [R-IL-13]
Rep. Foster, Bill [D-IL-11]
Rep. Garcia, Jesus G. "Chuy" [D-IL-4]
Rep. Kelly, Robin L. [D-IL-2]
Rep. Krishnamoorthi, Raja [D-IL-8]
Rep. LaHood, Darin [R-IL-18]
Rep. Lipinski, Daniel [D-IL-3]
Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9]
Rep. Schneider, Bradley Scott [D-IL-10]
Rep. Carson, Andre [D-IN-7]
Rep. Visclosky, Peter J. [D-IN-1]
Rep. Yarmuth, John A. [D-KY-3]
Rep. Golden, Jared F. [D-ME-2]
Rep. Pingree, Chellie [D-ME-1]
Rep. Cummings, Elijah E. [D-MD-7]
Rep. Raskin, Jamie [D-MD-8]
Rep. Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch [D-MD-2]
Rep. Sarbanes, John P. [D-MD-3]
Rep. Trone, David J. [D-MD-6]
Rep. Lynch, Stephen F. [D-MA-8]
Rep. Pressley, Ayanna [D-MA-7]
Rep. Huizenga, Bill [R-MI-2]
Rep. Kildee, Daniel T. [D-MI-5]
Rep. Levin, Andy [D-MI-9]
Rep. Moolenaar, John R. [R-MI-4]
Rep. Stevens, Haley M. [D-MI-11]
Rep. Tlaib, Rashida [D-MI-13]
Rep. Upton, Fred [R-MI-6]
Rep. Cleaver, Emanuel [D-MO-5]
Rep. Luetkemeyer, Blaine [R-MO-3]
Rep. Kuster, Ann M. [D-NH-2]
Rep. Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [D-NJ-9]
Rep. Sires, Albio [D-NJ-8]
Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4]
Rep. Morelle, Joseph D. [D-NY-25]
Rep. Serrano, Jose E. [D-NY-15]
Rep. Suozzi, Thomas R. [D-NY-3]
Rep. Price, David E. [D-NC-4]
Rep. Ryan, Tim [D-OH-13]
Rep. Stivers, Steve [R-OH-15]
Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3]
Rep. DeFazio, Peter A. [D-OR-4]
Rep. Dean, Madeleine [D-PA-4]
Rep. Evans, Dwight [D-PA-3]
Rep. Fitzpatrick, Brian K. [R-PA-1]
Rep. Kelly, Mike [R-PA-16]
Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9]
Rep. Cooper, Jim [D-TN-5]
Rep. Doggett, Lloyd [D-TX-35]
Rep. Gohmert, Louie [R-TX-1]
Rep. Gooden, Lance [R-TX-5]
Rep. Stewart, Chris [R-UT-2]
Rep. Luria, Elaine G. [D-VA-2]
Rep. DelBene, Suzan K. [D-WA-1]
Rep. Pocan, Mark [D-WI-2]

S. 815 Cosponsors
Sen. Jones, Doug [D-AL]
Sen. Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK]
Sen. Sullivan, Dan [R-AK]
Sen. Duckworth, Tammy [D-IL]
Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME]
Sen. King, Angus S., Jr. [I-ME]
Sen. Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD]
Sen. Van Hollen, Chris [D-MD]
Sen. Smith, Tina [D-MN]
Sen. Blunt, Roy [R-MO]
Sen. Tester, Jon [D-MT]
Sen. Fischer, Deb [R-NE]
Sen. Rosen, Jacky [D-NV]
Sen. Hassan, Margaret Wood [D-NH]
Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ]
Sen. Udall, Tom [D-NM]
Sen. Burr, Richard [R-NC]
Sen. Cramer, Kevin [R-ND]
Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH]
Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR]
Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA]
Sen. Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV]


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