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Subject: !!!ALERT!!!--Stimulus Conferees Appointed--Advocacy for Older Blind, Education Funding Accountability Urgently Needed
Date:   Wed, 11 Feb 2009 10:29:21 -0500
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*!!!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

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