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1621Re: Federal Legislation Efforts

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  • Alicia
    Jun 22, 2007
      I tried to follow the link provided in this email, which led me to
      HR2122. However, this seems to be the previous version of the bill
      from 2005 and does not list the current sponsors. I was able to find
      the new version, HR2236 which is for 2007 which has the current
      sponsors. It can be found here:


      Sadly, there are fewer co-sponsors on this list (15), but I was happy
      to see that my congressman is on the sponsor list this time, though he
      was not in 2005. So I changed the email I was sending him and made it
      a thank you email instead! I also asked him to speak to his colleages
      about the bill and encourage their support too.

      I hope this helps someone else so they don't end up writing the wrong
      thing to their congressman like I almost did! It will also help to
      have the new bill number for the current year.


      --- In lactivism@yahoogroups.com, Walter Chappel <wchappel@...> wrote:
      > There was a press conference and nurse in on May 10th. Afterwards I
      > sent out an
      > announcement. Here it is below:
      > To all working to advance the cause of breastfeeding workplace
      > The Breastfeeding Promotion Act, HR 2122, was reintroduced in the House
      > of Representatives on May 10th with Reps. Maloney(NY), Shays(CT) and
      > Elison(freshman from MN) attending the press conference. Now it needs
      > two things to move it along.
      > *1)It needs /_more cosponsors_/! At present only 28 representatives
      > cosigned. Bills generate more interest and get hearings faster when
      > they have many, many cosponsors. If your representative is not a
      > cosponsor, you need to ask him or her to do so. Gather up a bunch of
      > your fellow mothers in your district and have them all call and
      write to
      > the representative and ask them to sign on as a cosponsor. I went
      to my
      > representative's office and got into an interesting dialogue with
      two of
      > his aides about why he has not signed on and asked them to bring it to
      > his attention. Below is a link to the list of current cosponsors:*
      > http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d109:HR02122:@@@P
      > If your representative is not a cosponsor, then go to the www.house.gov
      > website and find out who your rep is with the Find your Rep link and
      > his or her contact phone number and email. Send them an email from his
      > or her webpage telling them this is important to you. Ask your rep to
      > cosponsor ASAP. Get your friends and neighbors to do so as well. Call
      > back a couple weeks later and ask them if they have done so. If they
      > have not write and mail and actual letter to your rep. Tell him or her
      > exactly why the BPA is important. Here are some talking points you can
      > adapt for your communications:
      > /-Women are quitting breastfeeding far earlier than the Surgeon General
      > and all medical authorities say is best for babies.
      > -There are no federal workplace protections for breastfeeding
      mothers in
      > American and patchwork state laws are not proving strong enough.
      > -Women are being told they can't pump, are not being given breaks to do
      > so, are having to pump in bathrooms, are getting charged extra fees
      > for breastmilk at some daycare chains all around the country, are
      > getting fired for trying to be both good mothers and good workers.
      > -Having a civil right to breastfeed in the law will reach and teach
      > American workers where they spend most of their days and more quickly
      > create a
      > breastfeeding friendly culture that will help meet the Surgeon
      > General's Healthy People 2010 goals for improving breastfeeding rates.
      > -There is no downside to improving the health of babies and mothers!
      > -Creating support for long term breastfeeding will eventually lower
      > healthcare costs for infants and children across the board./
      > If your representative_ is _a cosponsor send an email to thank them and
      > ask them to talk and encourage their colleagues to sign on as well.
      > *2) Rep. Lynn Woolsey is now the chairperson of the Subcommittee on
      > Workforce Protections that must have a hearing on the bill before it
      > be voted out of the committee and have a chance for a full vote of the
      > House. She is a cosponsor and favorable to the bill, but we need you
      > all to send her emails, call and fax/write letters asking her to hold a
      > hearing on the bill sooner than later! We especially need her to hear
      > from a lot of her constituents in the Marin and Sonoma California areas
      > to get in touch with her. Use the above talking points along with the
      > fact that we have waited seven years to pass the Breastfeeding
      > Act and in that time millions of mothers have not had adequate
      > legislative support, which would make the choice to breastfeed/pump
      > simple and easy to do. Ask her/her aides to tell us when we will get
      > the hearing we need. Do this before the end of May. Make it a
      > to make these contacts with her and with your own representative.
      > the Representatives webpage won't allow those who do not live in the
      > codes in her district send an email. If are not one of her
      > you can use the following contact info to call, fax or mail a letter.
      > **Washington DC Office:
      > **2263 Rayburn Building
      > Washington, DC 20515
      > Ph.: 202-225-5161
      > Fax: 202-225-5163*
      > We have a really strong chance at passage with this 110th Congress
      if we
      > can make a strong showing by communicating to all the representatives
      > that we want this bill to be heard and voted upon this year. Half the
      > country are women and most are mothers. Surely we can muster enough of
      > our communities so that every one of the 535 representatives can hear
      > from more than one constituent on behalf of this bill, HR 2122 The
      > Breastfeeding Promotion Act.
      > Thank you for your support,
      > Lorrie Leigh
      > *
      > *
      > Karen Graf wrote:
      > > I was wondering what is happening with this. Is it in motion still? I
      > > was wondering if I need to write my rep or sentator again.
      > >
      > > --- In lactivism@yahoogroups.com
      > > "kanookie74" <lissaknudsen@>
      > > wrote:
      > > >
      > > > Hi,
      > > >
      > > > The State Breastfeeding Coalition Group had this post this morning
      > > and
      > > > I thought you all might be interested.
      > > >
      > > > Posted by: "Marshalact@" Marshalact@
      > > > Mon Apr 30, 2007 9:52 am (PST)
      > > > Hi Everyone,
      > > >
      > > > Liz Down from Congresswoman Maloney's office just advised me that
      > > her
      > > > breastfeeding bill will be announced May 10. Attached is the
      > > advisory.
      > > > Is anyone available to attend? If you know of nursing mothers in the
      > > > Washington area, please see if they would be interested.
      > > >
      > > > Marsha Walker
      > > >
      > > > -----Original Message-----
      > > > From: Elizabeth.Down@
      > > > To: marshalact@
      > > > Sent: Mon, 30 Apr 2007 12:28 PM
      > > > Subject: Breastfeeding Promotion Act
      > > >
      > > > Hi Marsha,
      > > > We have set May 10th as the date to reintroduce the Breastfeeding
      > > > Promotion Act. We are planning to have a nurse-in at the Capitol as
      > > we
      > > > have in the past, and we're hoping to get as many nursing mothers
      > > and
      > > > breastfeeding activists as we can. I've attached the advisory for
      > > the
      > > > event so that you can distribute it to the US Breastfeeding
      > > Committee
      > > > and anyone else you think might be interested. Also, I am working to
      > > > develop a strategy for how breastfeeding activists can help after
      > > the
      > > > introduction of the bill, and I will send you more information on
      > > that
      > > > later on. Let me know if you need any further information from me.
      > > > Thanks so much for your help.
      > > > Liz
      > > >
      > > > Elizabeth Down
      > > > Legislative Correspondent
      > > > Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney
      > > > 2331 Rayburn House Office Building
      > > > Washington, DC 20515
      > > > Phone: 202-225-7944
      > > > Fax: 202-225-4709
      > > > http://maloney.house.gov <http://maloney.house.gov>
      > > >
      > >
      > >
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