We ultimately met with six house legislative aides, mostly from the house foreign relations committee and also went to all the offices of cosponsors. We provided a copy of the talking points and a letter Janice Bellucci sent to the House Speaker. I will follow up tomorrow with an email to each of the legislative aides we had discussions with and aides with the other members that we left literature with.
Before we met with the aids, it was clear there was little to no noise generated by the passage of the Senate bill. As we had further discussions later in the week, that obviously had changed. Two separate aids communicated that they had seen numerous emails generated over the last two days of the week specifically discussing HR 515. So every member who cosponsored the bill and every member of the house foreign relations committee is aware of our objection to the bill and the existence of legal representation that takes exception to the potential unconstitutionality of its amendments.
Calendar. By late Friday afternoon I swung by Paul Ryan’s office. A staffer there told me that 515 is not seen on any agenda or schedule at this moment. Ryan’s aide stated that representative Kevin McCarthy controls the house calendar and here is the link to that calendar
Now let me say something. I’ve had some frantic phone calls last couple of days and let me please state I would like everyone to relax. I understand everyone’s concern but you must understand we are working very hard on this issue. The best thing everyone can do is to continue to contact your representative and senators clearly stating your objections to the bill and quoting the talking points. Also, continue sharing stories of collateral damage with me and your congressional delegation. And then, when the opportunity arises, give a small donation to our cause.
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