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Old 07-04-2013, 05:14 AM
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Default NCIL: final push to reauthorize the Rehabilitation Act‏

NCIL: final push to reauthorize the Rehabilitation Act‏
NCIL wants to remind our members that the time has come for a massive final push to reauthorize the Rehabilitation Act this summer, and we need advocates in Washington, DC for the NCIL Conference one month from now to make this happen. Reauthorization of this bill is Independent Living’s most important priority, and NCIL is calling upon our members to contribute your valuable advocacy and be involved in a way that we have not asked for in years. Together our efforts have led to important work being done in the House of Representatives, and now it is time to get a favorable bill that includes an Independent Living Administration (ILA) out of the Senate.

The reauthorization process for the Rehabilitation Act looks like it will move fairly quickly, with perhaps the most important action taking place around the time of the 2013 NCIL Annual Conference. This is not a coincidence; our allies on the Senate HELP Committee are counting on our members to show up to the NCIL Conference next month to represent the voice of the disability community. The most important contribution to this reauthorization effort that we can ask is for our members to be in Washington, DC for the Conference in the name of advocacy and solidarity. We need our members here making visits to the Hill and participating in action that will give us the final push that we need.

We need you in Washington this summer. The future of Independent Living is at stake, and we cannot afford to miss this opportunity. We need our members to make the commitment to participate in the NCIL conference, and sincerely encourage you to take a look at the Conference details and find a way to be here this year. There are valuable workshops and resources that Conference participants will bring home to their Centers, in addition to the meaningful contribution to the nation they will leave behind in Washington.

2013 NCIL Annual Conference Details

We encourage our members to look at the Rehabilitation Act Talking Points that NCIL has created. Our strategy involves convincing members on the Senate HELP Committee to pass a version of the bipartisan draft WIA bill that was created in the last Congress, which contains an ILA. We are asking that our members begin to contact these Senators, and if neither one of your Senators are listed, to contact a neighboring state. Here is the list of senators that we are targeting:

Senators on the HELP Committee:

Democrats by Rank

•Tom Harkin (IA)
•Barbara A. Mikulski (MD)
•Patty Murray (WA)
•Bernard Sanders (I) (VT)
•Robert P. Casey, Jr. (PA)
•Kay R. Hagan (NC)
•Al Franken (MN)
•Michael F. Bennet (CO)
•Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)
•Tammy Baldwin (WI)
•Christopher S. Murphy (CT)
•Elizabeth Warren (MA)

Republicans by Rank

•Lamar Alexander (TN)
•Michael B. Enzi (WY)
•Richard Burr (NC)
•Johnny Isakson (GA)
•Rand Paul (KY)
•Orrin G. Hatch (UT)
•Pat Roberts (KS)
•Lisa Murkowski (AK)
•Mark Kirk (IL)
•Tim Scott (SC)

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