First, the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act (S. 2559) is sitting idle in the House Judiciary Committee. We need Chairman Goodlatte to discharge this bill and put it on the House suspension calendar for a vote.
The Department of State will not ratify the treaty until the House of Representatives passes this bill and the president signs it into law. This legislation is noncontroversial, supported by all relevant stakeholders, and was passed unanimously by the Senate on June 28.
Please call Chairman Goodlatte at 202-225-5431 and urge him to “support blind Americans by putting the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act, S. 2559, on the House suspension calendar.” Note that Chairman Goodlatte’s email web-form blocks any emails from outside his district, so please contact his office via phone at 202-224-3121.
Our second topic is the Access Technology Affordability Act (H.R. 1734). We are up to 84 cosponsors in the House and 12 in the Senate. You do not need to contact the 3 Indiana house cosponsors who are all ready on board: Rep. Susan Brooks, [Republican district 5] Rep. Luke Messer, [Republican district 6] Rep. Peter Visclosky, [Democrat District 1]
Call your member of Congress via the Capitol Switchboard and ask for the office in question; 202-224-3121. When you call or email, you might say something like the following:
“Hello, my name is [your name] and I am a constituent of [your representative]. I live in [city, state]. I am calling to urge [your representative] to cosponsor H.R. 1734, the Access Technology Affordability Act. This bill would increase the availability of Access Technology thereby increasing educational and employment opportunities for all blind Americans. The bill does this by creating a tax credit for the purchase of access technology. The National Federation of the Blind has analyzed the cost impact and the bill is either cost neutral or will save the government money. I urge [representative] to cosponsor the bill. Thanks.”
In summary we are asking you to make two calls. One to Chairman Goodlatte regarding the
Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act, and a second call to your representative regarding the Access Technology Affordability Act. If you have any questions contact John Pare at 410-659-9314, extension 2218.
If you email your representative, please copy
Email John Pare, JPare@nfb.org