[NFBMO] FW: [NFB-Legislative-Directors] Legislative Alert 11.08.2021

Dennis Miller millerdennis893 at gmail.com
Mon Nov 8 21:07:39 UTC 2021



From: NFB-Legislative-Directors [mailto:nfb-legislative-directors-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Kaloc, Jeff via NFB-Legislative-Directors
Sent: Monday, November 08, 2021 3:04 PM
To: nfb-legislative-directors at nfbnet.org
Cc: Kaloc, Jeff
Subject: [NFB-Legislative-Directors] Legislative Alert 11.08.2021


Good afternoon,


Hope everyone had a good weekend. Wanted to give folks a heads up. The email below will be sent out to all list serves shortly:


Dear Federation Family:


On Monday, November 1, we issued a legislative alert asking all of you to contact Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Schumer urging them to restore the Access Technology Affordability Act (ATAA) to the Build Back Better (BBB) Act. While our response was strong—we estimate hundreds of emails were sent to each office—the ATAA was, unfortunately, not restored. 


Currently, the House version of the BBB is waiting for a Congressional Budget Office score and is likely to be passed by the House during the week of November 15. The good news for us is that the Senate is extremely likely to change the BBB before passing it. This means we have an opportunity to get the Access Technology Affordability Act back in the bill. 


As a result, we are updating our request from the November 1 legislative alert. First, if you have not already sent your email to Speaker Pelosi or Majority Leader Schumer’s office, please do so. Additionally, if your individual Senator or Representative has not cosponsored the Access Technology Affordability Act, please ask them to do so.  The more support the ATAA has in the House and Senate, the better our chances will be to have it included in the Senate version of the Build Back Better Act.


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


"Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME], and I am a constituent of [SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE NAME]. I live in [CITY, STATE]. I would like to urge [SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE NAME] to cosponsor the Access Technology Affordability Act, S. 212/H.R. 431. 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 this technology.




A current list of Senate and House cosponsors is below. 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. We have also attached contact lists for Senate and House offices to this email. If you email your senators, please copy Jeff Kaloc at jkaloc at nfb.org. Your calls and emails do make a difference.


Thank you for all that you do, 



S. 212 Cosponsors

Sen. Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK]        

Sen. Boozman, John [R-AR]

Sen. Feinstein, Dianne [D-CA]     

Sen. Padilla, Alex [D-CA] 

Sen. Bennet, Michael [D-CO]       

Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT] 

Sen. Murphy, Christopher [D-CT]              

Sen. Duckworth, Tammy [D-IL]   

Sen. Young, Todd [R-IN] 

Sen. Moran, Jerry [R-KS]

Sen. Cardin, Ben [D-MD] Sponsor              

Sen. Van Hollen, Chris [D-MD]    

Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN]      

Sen. Smith, Tina [D-MN] 

Sen. Blunt, Roy [R-MO]  

Sen. Tester, Jon [D-MT]

Sen. Cortez Masto, Catherine [D-NV]      

Sen. Rosen, Jacky [D-NV]              

Sen. Shaheen, Jeanne [D-NH]     

Sen. Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [D-NY]               

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. Reed, Jack [D-RI]     

Sen. Whitehouse, Sheldon [D-RI]              

Sen. Leahy, Patrick [D-VT]            

Sen. Kaine, Timothy [D-VA]         

Sen. Warner, Mark R. [D-VA]      

Sen. Murray, Patty [D-WA]          

Sen. Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV]          

Sen. Baldwin, Tammy [D-WI]


H.R. 431 Cosponsors

Rep. Carl, Jerry L. [R-AL-1]            

Rep. Sewell, Terri A. [D-AL-7]      

Rep. Young, Don [R-AK-At Large]               

Rep. Schweikert, David [R-AZ-6]

Rep. Crawford, Eric A. "Rick" [R-AR-1]     

Rep. Womack, Steve [R-AR-3]     

Rep. Eshoo, Anna G. [D-CA-18]   

Rep. Garcia, Mike [R-CA-25]        

Rep. Panetta, Jimmy [D-CA-20]

Rep. Thompson, Mike [D-CA-5] Sponsor

Rep. Crow, Jason [D-CO-6]           

Rep. DeGette, Diana [D-CO-1]    

Rep. Neguse, Joe [D-CO-2]           

Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. [D-CT-3]   

Rep. Larson, John B. [D-CT-1]      

Rep. Blunt Rochester, Lisa [D-DE-At Large]            

Rep. Bilirakis, Gus M. [R-FL-12]   

Rep. Dunn, Neal P. [R-FL-2]          

Rep. Franklin, C. Scott [R-FL-15] 

Rep. Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL-20] 

Rep. Lawson, Al, Jr. [D-FL-5]        

Rep. Murphy, Stephanie N. [D-FL-7]         

Rep. Posey, Bill [R-FL-8] 

Rep. Rutherford, John H. [R-FL-4]              

Rep. Salazar, Maria Elvira [R-FL-27]          

Rep. Steube, W. Gregory [R-FL-17]           

Rep. Waltz, Michael [R-FL-6]       

Rep. Bishop, Sanford D., Jr. [D-GA-2]       

Rep. Carter, Earl L. "Buddy" [R-GA-1]      

Rep. Case, Ed [D-HI-1]    

Rep. Bost, Mike [R-IL-12]              

Rep. Davis, Danny K. [D-IL-7]       

Rep. Davis, Rodney [R-IL-13]       

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. Newman, Marie [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. Underwood, Lauren [D-IL-14]           

Rep. Carson, Andre [D-IN-7]        

Rep. Axne, Cynthia [D-IA-3]         

Rep. Yarmuth, John A. [D-KY-3]  

Rep. Brown, Anthony G. [D-MD-4]            

Rep. Mfume, Kweisi [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. Trahan, Lori [D-MA-3]          

Rep. Huizenga, Bill [R-MI-2]         

Rep. Kildee, Daniel T. [D-MI-5]   

Rep. Meijer, Peter [R-MI-3]         

Rep. Moolenaar, John R. [R-MI-4]             

Rep. Stevens, Haley M. [D-MI-11]             

Rep. Tlaib, Rashida [D-MI-13]     

Rep. Craig, Angie [D-MN-2]         

Rep. McCollum, Betty [D-MN-4] 

Rep. Stauber, Pete [R-MN-8]      

Rep. Guest, Michael [R-MS-3]     

Rep. Cleaver, Emanuel [D-MO-5]               

Rep. Hartzler, Vicky [R-MO-4]     

Rep. Luetkemeyer, Blaine [R-MO-3]         

Rep. Titus, Dina [D-NV-1]              

Rep. Kim, Andy [D-NJ-3]

Rep. Malinowski, Tom [D-NJ-7]  

Rep. Pallone, Frank, Jr. [D-NJ-6]

Rep. Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [D-NJ-9]     

Rep. Payne, Donald M., Jr. [D-NJ-10]        

Rep. Sires, Albio [D-NJ-8]              

Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4]         

Rep. Van Drew, Jefferson [R-NJ-2]            

Rep. Katko, John [R-NY-24]          

Rep. Morelle, Joseph D. [D-NY-25]            

Rep. Suozzi, Thomas R. [D-NY-3] 

Rep. Adams, Alma S. [D-NC-12]  

Rep. Cawthorn, Madison [R-NC-11]          

Rep. Manning, Kathy E. [D-NC-6]               

Rep. Price, David E. [D-NC-4]       

Rep. Armstrong, Kelly [R-ND-At Large]    

Rep. Johnson, Bill [R-OH-6]          

Rep. Cole, Tom [R-OK-4]               

Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3] 

Rep. Boyle, Brendan F. [D-PA-2] 

Rep. Cartwright, Matt [D-PA-8]  

Rep. Dean, Madeleine [D-PA-4] 

Rep. Evans, Dwight [D-PA-3]       

Rep. Fitzpatrick, Brian K. [R-PA-1]             

Rep. Houlahan, Chrissy [D-PA-6] 

Rep. Keller, Fred [R-PA-12]          

Rep. Kelly, Mike [R-PA-16]

Rep. Lamb, Conor [D-PA-17]        

Rep. Reschenthaler, Guy [R-PA-14]          

Rep. Scanlon, Mary Gay [D-PA-5]              

Rep. Thompson, Glenn [R-PA-15]              

Rep. Timmons, William R. IV [R-SC-4]      

Rep. Burchett, Tim [R-TN-2]        

Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9]         

Rep. Gohmert, Louie [R-TX-1]     

Rep. Moore, Blake D. [R-UT-1]    

Rep. Owens, Burgess [R-UT-4]    

Rep. Stewart, Chris [R-UT-2]        

Rep. Welch, Peter [D-VT-At Large]            

Del. Plaskett, Stacey E. [D-VI-At Large]    

Rep. Beyer, Donald S., Jr. [D-VA-8]           

Rep. Luria, Elaine G. [D-VA-2]     

Rep. Wittman, Robert J. [R-VA-1]              

Rep. DelBene, Suzan K. [D-WA-1]              

Rep. Herrera Beutler, Jaime [R-WA-3]     

Rep. McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [R-WA-5] 

Rep. McKinley, David B. [R-WV-1]             

Rep. Grothman, Glenn [R-WI-6]


Jeff Kaloc

Governmental Affairs Specialist

200 East Wells Street, Baltimore, MD 21230

410-659-9314, extension 2206 | jkaloc at nfb.org 



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