-------- Original Message --------Subject: !!!ALERT!!!--Stimulus Conferees Appointed--Advocacy for Older Blind, Education Funding Accountability Urgently Needed
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2009 10:29:21 -0500 From: AFB DirectConnect <blemoine@xxxxxxx> To: AFB Subscriber <afbweb@xxxxxxx> AFB DirectConnect Letterhead*!!!ALERT!!!--Stimulus Conferees Appointed--Advocacy for Older Blind, Education Funding Accountability Urgently Needed*
For further information, contact: Mark Richert Director, Public Policy, AFB (202) 822-0833 mrichert@xxxxxxx <mailto:mrichert@xxxxxxx>House and Senate conferees have been appointed to reconcile significant differences between the House-passed version of the massive economic recovery and stimulus package and the version passed by the Senate yesterday afternoon. While every expectation is that substantial pressure will be on the conferees to complete their work within a day or two, opportunity remains to advocate for important spending priorities for individuals with vision loss--*/but action is required immediately/*. Advocates should contact the members listed below to communicate the following message--
"Keep the House-passed specific reference to independent living services for older individuals who are blind and the $50.6 million spending amount for these vital services. And retain the House's "maintenance of effort" provisions and reject the Senate's language allowing dollars made available by the stimulus for special education to be used for unrelated purposes."Additionally, if your member of Congress is not one of the conferees but you have a particularly strong relationship with the member, ask your Senator or Representative to relay your message to the stimulus conferees.
*Senate Stimulus Conferees* Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) 202-224-3542 Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI), 202-224-3934 Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), 202-224-2651 Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), 202-224-5054 Senator Charles E. Grassley (R-IA), 202-224-3744 *House Stimulus Conferees* Representative David Obey (D-WI-7), 202-225-3365 Representative Charles B. Rangel (D-NY-15), 202-225-4365 Representative Henry A. Waxman (D-CA-30), 202-225-3976 Representative Dave Camp (R-MI-4), 202-225-3561 Representative Jerry Lewis (R-CA-41), 202-225-5861 blind_html To unsubscribe, please send a blank email to blind_html-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with unsubscribe in the subject line. To access the archives, please visit: http://www.freelists.org/archive/blind_html Thanks