[nfb-talk] Legislative Victory:

Kenneth Chrane kenneth.chrane at verizon.net
Wed Mar 14 12:03:46 UTC 2012

A message from Jesse Hartle

Fellow Federationists:

Today the United States Senate allowed Senator Portman's Amendment 
1742 to the surface transportation bill, S. 1813, to be considered on 
the floor.  Senator
Portman's amendment sought to allow states to open commercial 
ventures on federal highways and interstates.  This policy would have 
dramatically impacted
the livelihood of blind entrepreneurs in the Randolph-Sheppard 
program who operate vending facilities along the federal highways and 
interstates across
our country.

I am pleased to tell you that, due to the advocacy of the National 
Federation of the Blind, Senator Portman's Amendment 1742 was voted 
down by a count of
86 to 12 by the United States Senate.  I appreciate the hard work 
that you put into protecting the interest of blind vendors.  I will 
continue to keep
you posted on this issue, as this bill will soon be sent to the House 
of Representatives for consideration.


Jesse Hartle
Government Programs Specialist
National Federation of the Blind
Phone:  (410) 659-9314, Ext. 2233
Email:  jhartle at nfb.org
Kenneth Chrane,
Maryland Free State,

Telephone: (410) 486-1569

Cell Phone: (410) 800-8252


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