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

Dennis Miller millerdennis893 at gmail.com
Wed Oct 20 20:52:46 UTC 2021



From: NFB-Legislative-Directors [mailto:nfb-legislative-directors-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Kaloc, Jeff via NFB-Legislative-Directors
Sent: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 2:30 PM
To: nfb-legislative-directors at nfbnet.org
Cc: Kaloc, Jeff
Subject: [NFB-Legislative-Directors] Legislative Alert


Good afternoon:


Wanted to provide an update for the Access Technology Affordability Act. This week two senators have cosponsored the bill! This brings our current totals to 31 Senate cosponsors and 114 House cosponsors. Senator Blumenthal of Connecticut as well as Senator Whitehouse of Rhode Island on the Senate Finance committee have cosponsored the bill. Thank you to our affiliates from Connecticut and Rhode Island for your hard work!


As I mentioned weeks prior, we are closing in to getting the Access Technology Affordability Act passed into law. It has been included in the House Build Back Better Act. But it is important to keep advocating for the bill so it is included in the Senate version. That being said, it is imperative to reach out to your Senators to gain support. Having these Senators cosponsor the bill is critical to it being incorporated in the final reconciliation package. We must move quickly and place a sense of urgency on this task as the House and Senate continue to negotiate the provisions of the overall package.  By reaching out to your Senator for support, this will greatly increase the likelihood that the Access Technology Affordability Act is included in the Senate 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 NAME]. I live in [CITY, STATE]. I would like to urge [SENATOR NAME] to cosponsor the Access Technology Affordability Act, S. 212. 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.




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 senators, please copy Jeff Kaloc at  <mailto:jkaloc at nfb.org> jkaloc at nfb.org. Your calls and emails do make a difference.


It is best to call or email the relevant staff person in your member of Congress's office. For your convenience, attached in the word document is the name of the staffer and his/her email address.


Thank you for all that you do,


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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