[VABS] Fwd: [Nfbnet-members-list] NFB Legislative Alert - March 20, 2018

Ashley Bramlett bookwormahb at earthlink.net
Tue Apr 10 03:50:24 UTC 2018

Was HR 620 defeated in the senate?
I thought it may have been killed in the senate which means they did not 
vote on it.

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Robert Parsons Jr.

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> From: "Pare, John via NFBNet-Members-List" 
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> Date: March 20, 2018 at 4:39:55 PM EDT
> To: "nfbnet-members-list at nfbnet.org" <nfbnet-members-list at nfbnet.org>
> Subject: [Nfbnet-members-list] NFB Legislative Alert - March 20, 2018
> Reply-To: "Pare, John" <JPare at nfb.org>
> Dear Fellow Federationists:
> This legislative alert provides an update on our legislative activity. 
> Please read it carefully to determine which senators need to be contacted 
> and which topics should be covered.
> You might also want to consider meeting with your senator while they are 
> back in the district. The next district work period is scheduled from 
> March 23 through April 8.
> The Marrakesh Implementation Act was introduced in the Senate on March 15 
> by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa. Other originating cosponsors included 
> Senators Bob Corker (TN),  Dianne Feinstein (CA), Kamala Harris (CA), 
> Orrin Hatch (UT), Patrick Leahy (VT), and Robert Menendez (NJ). If your 
> senator is not on this list, please contact him or her and urge them to 
> cosponsor S. 2559. The introduction of this bill is the direct result of 
> your great advocacy and it is critical that we now work to build cosponsor 
> support.
> H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act, was passed in the House of 
> Representatives on February 15 and is now waiting for possible Senate 
> action. The National Federation of the Blind opposes this legislation. 
> Senator Duckworth has organized a letter opposing H.R. 620 in the Senate. 
> So far thirty-seven senators have signed on to this letter but we need 
> forty-one signatures to have a substantial impact. We are currently 
> concentrating our efforts on the following ten senators:
> 1. Maria Cantwell (WA)
> 2. Joe Donnelly (IN)
> 3. Martin Heinrich (NM)
> 4. Heidi Heitkamp (ND)
> 5. Joe Manchin (WV)
> 6. Doug Jones (AL)
> 7. Bill Nelson (FL)
> 8. Gary Peters (MI)
> 9.Tom Udall (NM)
> 10. Angus King (ME)
> These ten Senators should be contacted and urged to sign the Senator 
> Duckworth letter regarding opposition to H.R. 620.
> You can contact your senator 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 me at JPare at nfb.org .
> It is critical that we move on this quickly, so please strive to make your 
> calls and send your emails as soon as possible.
> I have also included a short sample ask that could be used for the items 
> above:
> “My name is [name] and I am a constituent of Senator [name]. I am calling 
> to encourage the Senator to cosponsor the Marrakesh Implementation Act (S. 
> 2559). The Marrakesh Implementation Act would expand reading options for 
> millions of blind and other Americans with print disabilities. I also ask 
> that the Senator sign Senator Duckworth’s letter opposing the ADA 
> Education and Reform Act (H.R. 620). H.R. 620 has been sent to the Senate 
> and, if passed, would significantly erode the ADA and set disability 
> rights back thirty years.
> Thank you for your support of blind Americans.
> Sincerely,
> [Your Name]”
> Warm regards,
> John
> John G. Paré Jr.
> Executive Director for Advocacy and Policy
> (410) 659-9314, extension 2218 | Jpare at nfb.org
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