Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Military Spouse Residency Relief Act

Below is a message sent to AFCPE Military Spouse Fellows this week
(we wanted to share with our readers, please take action if you are so inclined)

...Rebecca Poynter and Joanna Williamson have been working with Congressman Carter to pass the Military Spouse Residency Relief Act.

The bill has passed the House but is stalled in the Senate just this Friday because someone objected to the language regarding giving military spouses the same benefit of residency relief that our service members currently enjoy.The current bill, HR 6225 (ours was rolled into it) is currently in the Veteran's Affairs committee of the Senate.[Poynter and Williamson] are encouraging all military spouses to call the Senators on the VA committee (and speak to their Legislative Aide) and to tell them their story of how having to change driver's licenses, voter registrations, vehicle registrations (and the costs associated with that!), etc. has impacted them. But most importantly, to also ask them to support the Carter Military Spouses language that is part of HR6225.

[Below is a list of] the names of the Senators and Aides (where possible) below.[They've] come so close; [they're] worried they are actually going to take this away from [military spouses].[They] believe in the power of the military spouse network and feel that when unleashed, is one of the greatest forces on earth. [They] would greatly appreciate your support and action on behalf of yourself as a military spouse as well as on behalf of all military spouses.

Akaka, Daniel K.- (D - HI) (202) 224-6361
Aide: Lisa F.

Brown,Sherrod- (D - OH) (202) 224-2315
Aide: Diane Wilkinson

Burr, Richard- (R - NC) (202) 224-3154
Aide: Kevin Tuess(??)

Craig, Larry E.- (R - ID) (202) 224-2752
Aide: Patrick (Nielman??)

Graham, Lindsey- (R - SC) (202) 224-5972
Aide: Adam Brake

Hutchison, Kay Bailey- (R - TX) 224-5922
Aide:Isakson, Johnny- (R - GA) (202) 224-3643
Aide: Lauren Walter (along with Houston Ernst)

Murray, Patty- (D - WA) (202) 224-2621
Aide: Joshua Jacobs

Obama, Barack- (D - IL) (202) 224-2854
Aide: Ruchi Bhowmik

Rockefeller, John D., IV- (D - WV) (202) 224-6472
Aide: Clete Johnson or Barbara Pryor

Sanders, Bernard- (I - VT) (202) 224-5141
Aide: Janko Mitric

Specter, Arlen- (R - PA) (202) 224-4254
Aide: Will Wagner

Tester, Jon- (D - MT) (202) 224-2644
Aide: James Wise

Webb, Jim- (D - VA) (202) 224-4024
Aide: William Edwards

Wicker, Roger F.- (R - MS) (202) 224-6253

If you prefer to email the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, you may do so via web form: Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs link

1 comment:

Julie and Captain said...

I was just complaining about this yesterday!!! It certainly is a pain! Oh, I hope it passes!