[NFBOK-Talk] members of Congress are in a position to cosponsor the TIME Act (H.R. 188 and S. 2001)

Jeannie Massay jmassay1 at cox.net
Wed Sep 21 20:59:18 UTC 2016

A Call to Action from the NFB Department of Government Affairs:


Dear Colleagues:


Congress will be in session just a little while longer to complete its
business before members return home for the 2016 political campaign. While
still at the Capitol, members of Congress are in a position to cosponsor the
TIME Act (H.R. 188 and S. 2001).  


We are asking you to make three phone calls: one to your House member and
one to each of your two senators. The only senators who have sponsored this
bill are Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Michael Bennett of Colorado,
which means that those of you in New Hampshire or Colorado will only need to
call one senator. Everyone else should still call both of their senators. 


On the House side, there are already seventy-one supporters of this bill
which are listed by state in the first attachment. You only need to call
your representative if they do not appear on this list. If you are unsure of
whom your members of Congress are, please contact Melissa Kroeger. She can
be reached by phone at (410) 659-9314, extension 2207 or by email at
mkroeger at nfb.org <mailto:mkroeger at nfb.org> .


You can also reach your member of Congress by calling the Capitol
Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. When you call the Switchboard, you will be
asked whether you are calling to speak to a House member or Senate member.
When you select Senate, you will be asked your state and be provided with
the names of your senators. When you select House of Representatives, you
will be asked for your ZIP code and the system will then provide you with
the name of your representative. 


Once connected, I suggest you say something such as: "Hi, my name is..and I
am a constituent of Representative/Senator Last Name. I am calling to urge
Representative/Senator Last Name to cosponsor H.R. 188/S. 2001, the TIME
Act. This bill will help people like me and other people with disabilities
compete equally in the workforce. "


If you have time, in addition to calling, it would also be useful to send an
email to the legislative director of your senators and representative. You
can obtain this person's name and email address when making the call
described above. 


Attached are four sample emails. Two are directed towards senators and
representatives from the Republican Party and two are directed towards
senators and representatives from the Democratic Party. You will need to add
the name of the legislative director and the last name of the representative
or senator in the appropriate bracketed areas. Please be sure to review and
customize the email template before sending it and CC Kimie Beverly on all
correspondence. Kimie's email is kbeverly at nfb.org <mailto:kbeverly at nfb.org>


Fellow Federationists, I know we have been working on this issue for a long
time, but the dialogue is clearly shifting in our favor. Let us continue the
work until we enjoy the same protections under our nation's wage laws as all
other Americans do.


Yours in the family,


Parnell Diggs, Esq.

Director of Government Affairs

National Federation of the Blind

200 East Wells Street

Baltimore, MD 21230

Office: (410) 659-9314, extension 2222

Mobile: (843) 267-2018

Email: pdiggs at nfb.org <mailto:pdiggs at nfb.org> 

Twitter: @NFB_Voice



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