NEA Lobby Report – February 2014


February 6, 2014 — Washington, D.C.

Illinois NEA Directors lobbying:  Joyce Bailey, Eric Brown, Rainy Kaplan, and Alex Wallace.  Also lobbing were IEA Officers Vice President Kathi Griffin, Secretary-Treasurer Al Llorens and IEA-Retired member Bob Kaplan.

Directors attended a legislative briefing from NEA Government Relations Staff.

Members of Congress or their staff visited:

  • Staff member for Senator Mark Kirk (R)
  • Staff member Brad Middleton for Senator Dick Durbin (D)
  • Staff member John Marshall for Bobby Rush (D-1)
  • Staff member Jay Cho for Robin Kelly (D-2)
  • Staff member Jason Day for Daniel Lipinski (D-3)
  • Staff member Shira Siegel for Mike Quigley (D-5)
  • Danny Davis (D-7)
  • Tammy Duckworth (D-8)
  • Staff member Waverly Gordon for Jan Schakowsky (D-9)
  • Legislative Director Cara Toman for Brad Schneider (D-10)
  • Staff member Patrick Ptak for Adam Kinzinger (R-11)
  • William Enyart (D-12)
  • Staff member Ashley Phelps for Rodney Davis (R-13)
  • Staff member Jim Goldenstein for John Shimkus (R-19)

NEA lobbying efforts focused on these questions:

1. Will the Member cosponsor the Strong Start for America’s Children Act (S.1697/H.R. 3461)?

2. Will the Member support increasing the federal minimum wage such as through the Minimum Wage Fairness Act (S. 1737/H.R. 1010)?

3. Will the Member support the strengthening of the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 (S. 1945/H.R. 3899)?

Thanks to Rainy Kaplan for this lobbying update.

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