Legislative Advocacy: Specific Call to Action for Constituents that are represented by members that serve on the Senate or House LHHS Subcommittee

May 2007: Specific Call to Action for Constituents that are represented by members that serve on the Senate or House LHHS Subcommittee

The next step in the process is for the House LHHS and Senate LHHS subcommittee to meet and “mark up the bill”. This is the process whereby the subcommittees analyze a piece of legislation, section by section, and make changes. We needed to make sure we had each of the members support in order for our legislation to make it through this process. A special plea with customized instructions and sample letters went out to all our HHT members who have LHHS Committee Members that represent them in order to make sure they recognize how important their call, visit, and/or letters are.

Legislative Advocacy

May 2007: Specific Call to Action for Constituents with HHT Centers of Excellence in their State.

While every call, letter and/or visit to a member of Congress is important, there are some that are critical. There are 8 HHT Center of Excellence in the United States. They are in: New Haven, Connecticut, Salt Lake City, Utah, Portland, Oregon, St. Louis, Missouri, San Diego, CA, Philadelphia, PA, Rochester, Minnesota, and Augusta, Georgia. The Senators and House Representatives that represents these states and/or districts should have a vested interest in the well-being of these Centers and it is very important to gain their support. A special call to action went out to every HHT Center of Excellence Director to make sure they were actively involved in contacting their two Senators and House Representative to gain their support. The same plea went out to every HHT member in those states with customized instructions and sample letters.

Legislative Advocacy: Major Hurdle Achieved in HHT Legislative Initiative

May 2007: Major Hurdle Achieved in HHT Legislative Initiative

Our HHT Language, and most importantly, our $8 million Appropriation Request made it into the House and Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education (LHHS) Subcommittee. We are so thankful to Representative Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio for introducing our legislation to their respective LHHS subcommittees. The Foundation’s office put out a formal thank you to both Representative DeLauro and Senator Brown and asked that Connecticut and Ohio constituents do the same. It would be impressive if our whole membership sent a thank you as well. If you are interested in doing so, please contact the Foundation office for their addresses.