[vendtalk] A Michigan Vendor Speaks to Portman FW: [NFBAffiliatePresidents] Legislative Alert - Update on Portman Amendment

Fred wurtzel f.wurtzel at comcast.net
Fri Mar 9 23:26:26 UTC 2012



If every blind vendor did what Andrea did here, we would make a big difference, together.


Warm Regards,




From: Drea [mailto:drea7139 at yahoo.com] 
Sent: Friday, March 09, 2012 2:53 PM
To: Fred wurtzel
Subject: Re: [NFBAffiliatePresidents] Legislative Alert - Update on Portman Amendment


this is what I emailed to senator Portman



Dear Mr. Portman,

I am sending this email in regards to your amendment 1742 to the Senate surface transportation bill, S. 1813. I am 24 years old and own my own business which is the sole income to support my family. And yes I am blind. I run the vending services in the New Buffalo, Mi Welcome Center. I urge you to look deeper and reconsider the Amendment you are trying to pass. If no changes are made and it passes my family’s livelihood will be in jeopardy. This is my life and the life of over 500 blind citizens and the people they help to employ around the country.  We deserve to have the right to work and pay our taxes just as any sighed individual does. Again I urge you to look at all the facts and lives you will be destroying before you move forward.

Thank you for your time,

Andrea Nelson


Andrea Nelson

Nelekona Foods



"Have an awesome day!"



From: Fred wurtzel <f.wurtzel at comcast.net>
To: andrea nelson <drea7139 at yahoo.com> 
Sent: Friday, March 9, 2012 2:22 PM
Subject: FW: [NFBAffiliatePresidents] Legislative Alert - Update on Portman Amendment

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[mailto:nfbaffiliatepresidents-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Wilson,
Sent: Friday, March 09, 2012 11:46 AM
To: NFB Affiliate Presidents List
Subject: [NFBAffiliatePresidents] Legislative Alert - Update on Portman
Importance: High

The following message is from Jesse Hartle:

Fellow Federationists:

I am writing to update you on the latest developments on Senator Portman's
amendment 1742 to the Senate surface transportation bill, S. 1813.

Senator Portman's amendment would allow states to enter into commercial
ventures at rest areas on federal highways and interstates, and would
dramatically impact Randolph-Sheppard vendors that are currently operating
at those locations.

The Senate began debating on S. 1813 yesterday, but adjourned until next
Tuesday, March 13, before Senator Portman's amendment could be considered.
We must use this extra time to work to ensure that we get the votes to
defeat Senator Portman's amendment next Tuesday.

Please continue to call your senators, and urge them to vote against Senator
Portman's Amendment 1742.  You may be connected to your senator's offices by
calling the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.  I appreciate the work
that we have done to this point, and I am asking you to see it through to
the finish next Tuesday.  Please contact me with any questions.


Jesse Hartle
Government Programs Specialist
National Federation of the Blind
Phone:  (410) 659-9314, Ext. 2233
Email:  jhartle at nfb.org<mailto:jhartle at nfb.org>

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