[Nfbmo] Legislative Alert- Urgent Action Needed Related to Modernization of the Javits-Wagner-O'Day Act

Hartle, Jesse JHartle at nfb.org
Fri Sep 24 20:12:11 UTC 2010

Fellow Federationists:

             Shortly before the August recess began, the new 
Javits-Wagner-O'Day (JWOD) Act of 2010 (H.R. 5983) was introduced in 
the House of Representatives.  This bill has been referred to the 
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

             I am asking that you review the list of Committee 
members below and, if your member of Congress appears on this list, 
please contact their office next week and let them know that the 
National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is opposed to the current 
draft of this legislation.

             As you know, the NFB has passed resolutions concerning 
the practice of paying less than minimum wage to disabled employees 
in sheltered workshop settings.  The introduced bill was written 
without meaningful representation from the disability community, and 
does nothing to guarantee that blind employees in the JWOD program 
receive the minimum wage.  We must let members of the Committee know 
that, if a bill is to be drafted that will impact the lives of blind 
people, we must be a stakeholder in these discussions; and if this 
legislation is to be passed, it must include provisions to ensure 
that the minimum wage will be paid to individuals working in the JWOD 

             Below I have included contact information for each 
member of the Committee.  You may be connected with any of these 
offices by calling the Capitol switchboard at (202) 225-3121.  Thank 
you all for your attention to this important matter.  Please contact 
me with any questions.

Jesse M. Hartle
Government Programs Specialist
Telephone:  (410) 659-9314, extension 2233
E-mail: <mailto:jhartle at nfb.org>jhartle at nfb.org

House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Bilbray, Brian P. (R-CA, 50th)
Staffer:  Gary Kline
Office Phone:  (202) 225-0508

Burton, Dan (R-IN, 5th)
Staffer:  Mary Okeeffe
Office Phone:  (202) 225-2276

Cao, Joseph (R-LA, 2nd)
Staffer:  Cassie Alsfeld
Office Phone:  (202) 225-6636

Chaffetz, Jason (R-UT, 3rd)
Staffer:  Mike Jerman
Office Phone:  (202) 225-7751

Chu, Judy (D-CA, 32nd)
Staffer:  Amelia Wang
Office Phone:  225-5464

Clay, William Lacy (D-MO, 1st)
Staffer:  Marvin Steele
Office Phone:  (202) 225-2406

Connolly, Gerald E. (D-VA, 11th)
Staffer:  Zack Fields
Office Phone:  (202) 225-1492

Cooper, Jim (D-TN, 5th)
Staffer:  Sam Reed
Office Phone:  (202) 225-4311

Cuellar, Henry (D-TX, 28th)
Staffer:  Shelly Amieva
Office Phone:  (202) 225-1640

Cummings, Elijah E. (D-MD, 7th)
Staffer:  Blair Hedgepeth
Office Phone:  (202) 225-4741

Davis, Danny K. (D-IL, 7th)
Staffer:  Yul Edwards
Office Phone:  (202) 225-5006

Driehaus, Steve (D-OH, 1st)
Staffer:  Aaron Wasserman
Office Phone:  (202) 225-2216

Duncan, John J. Jr. (R-TN, 2nd)
Staffer:  Scott Fischer
Office Phone:  (202) 225-5435

Flake, Jeff (R-AZ, 6th)
Staffer:  Sarah Krug
Office Phone:  (202) 225-2635

Fortenberry, Jeff (R-NE, 1st)
Staffer:  Alan Feyerherm
Office Phone:  (202) 225-4806

Foster, Bill (D-IL, 14th)
Staffer:  Matt Ploszek
Office Phone:  (202) 225-2976

Hodes, Paul W. (D-NH, 2nd)
Staffer:  Sarah Levin
Office Phone:  (202) 225-5206

Issa, Darrell (R-CA, 49) (Ranking Member)
Staffer:  Ashley Callen
Office Phone:  225-3906

Jordan, James D. (R-OH, 4th)
Staffer:  Wesley Goodman
Office Phone:  (202) 225-2676

Kanjorski, Paul E. (D-PA, 11th)
Staffer:  John Latini
Office Phone:  (202) 225-6511

Kaptur, Marcy (D-OH, 9th)
Staffer:  Nathan Facey
Office Phone:  (202) 225-4146

Kennedy, Patrick (D-RI, 1st)
Staffer:  Daniel Murphy
Office Phone:  (202) 225-4911

Kucinich, Dennis (D-OH, 1st)
Staffer:  Diala Jadallah
Office Phone:  225-5871

Luetkemeyer, Blaine (R-MO, 9th)
Staffer:  Dan Burgess
Office Phone:  (202) 225-2956

Lynch, Stephen F. (D-MA, 9th)
Staffer:  Bruce Fernandez
Office Phone:  (202) 225-8273

Maloney, Carolyn B. (D-NY, 14th)
Staffer:  Orly Isaacson
Office Phone:  (202) 225-7944

McHenry, Patrick (R-NC, 10th)
Staffer:  Alexis Rudakewych
Office Phone:  (202) 225-2576

Mica, John L. (R-FL, 7th)
Staffer:  Casey Brinck
Office Phone:  (202) 225-4035

Murphy, Chris (D-CT, 5th)
Staffer:  Jesse Young
Office Phone:  (202) 225-4476

Norton, Eleanor Holmes (D-DC, Delegate)
Staffer:  Robert White
Office Phone:  (202) 225-8050

Quigley, Mike (D-IL, 5th)
Staffer:  Robyn Russell
Office Phone:  225-4061

Schock, Aaron (R-IL, 18th)
Staffer:  Mike Pasko
Office Phone:  225-6201

Shuster, Bill (R-PA, 9th)
Staffer:  Maribeth Collins
Office Phone:  (202) 225-2431

Speier, Jackie (D-CA, 12th)
Staffer:  Josh Connolly
Office Phone:  (202) 225-3531

Tierney, John F. (D-MA, 6th)
Staffer:  Mckee Floyd
Office Phone:  (202) 225-8020

Towns, Edolphus (D-NY, 10th) (Chairman)
Staffer:  James Latoff
Office Phone:  (202) 225-5936

Turner, Michael R. (R-OH, 3rd)
Staffer:  Joseph Heaton
Office Phone:  (202) 225-6465

Van Hollen, Chris Jr. (D-MD, 8th)
Staffer:  Ken Cummings
Office Phone:  (202) 225-5341

Watson, Diane E. (D-CA, 33rd)
Staffer:  Jillian Schlotter
Office Phone:  (202) 225-7084

Welch, Peter (D-VT, At Large)
Staffer:  Calvin Garner
Office Phone:  (202) 225-4115

Westmoreland, Lynn A. (R-GA, 3rd)
Staffer:  Joe Lillis
Office Phone:  (202) 225-5901

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