[Mdabs] Time to contact your Federal Representatives

nfbmd nfbmd at earthlink.net
Wed May 1 13:49:32 UTC 2019

Hello All! 

During the next three days please take a minute to call your congressman and
Senator Cardin. The main switchboard number is 202-224-3121.  Both Senators
are already co-sponsoring the Access Technology Affordability Act. Senator
Van Hollen is also co-sponsoring the Transformation to Competitive
Employment Act. This is an excellent start, however, we have no congressman
sponsoring any of our bills. Let's change this situation this week!  We can
do it if everyone helps. 


Please ask Senator Cardin to co-sponsor S 260 Transformation to Competitive
Employment Act, sponsored by Bobby Scott (D-VA-3) Senate.  Please ask your
congressman to cosponsor the companion bill  HR 873, sponsored by Bob Casey
(D-PA). These bills would phase out Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor
Standards Act over a six-year period, at which point the provision would
officially be sunset.


Please also ask your congressman to co-sponsor HR 2086 Access Technology
Affordability Act sponsored by Mike Thompson (D-CA-5). 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 these technologies.


Thanks for your assistance!





Sharon Maneki, Director of Legislation and Advocacy

National Federation of the Blind of Maryland



The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland knows that blindness is not
the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the
expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles
between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want;
blindness is not what holds you back.


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