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Campaign Update 16 Mar 2012

 

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We continue to make progress in several areas.

First, the response to our request for signatories on the letter to President Obama on IEDs continues to be very promising. In just the last week we have three new signatories:

This expands the committees represented to include: Foreign Affairs, Armed Services, Veteran’s Affairs, Ways and Means, Judiciary, Small Business, Oversight and Government Reform, Education and Workforce, Transportation and Infrastructure, Budget, Agriculture and Natural Resources. The response underscores the true bi-partisan nature of this effort and what all Members should lend their voice to standing against IEDs.

We continue to receive quite a few inquiries from House and Senate offices with interest and are very encouraged in regard to obtaining more signatories in the near future. In response to the interest we’ve extended the date to receive signatures until March 30, 2012.

I hope you will continue to advocate with Congressional offices for additional signatures as may be appropriate.

In one extremely positive and significant development, on March 13, 2012 Congressman Gallegly’s Office began circulating formal “Dear Colleagues” correspondence requesting signatures on the letter and that he will continue to circulate it until March 30, 2012 to collect signatures.

In our international engagements the Ambassador from Norway is requesting to provide a representative to our initial session in Washington on April 3, 2012. Currently we are exploring interest for a session with Veteran’s Service Organizations (VSOs).