|Posted on October 7, 2013 at 11:46 PM||comments (143)|
We just completed a NASCOE Legislative Team conference call. Although we don't any breaking news, the general feeling is that there is very little negotiations going on now and that it is not likely we'll see a re-opening of the government this week. However, with the debt limit deadline coming up on October 17, it is very likely this could force some serious negotiations.
Currently, the bill passed by the House this weekend, to provide back pay for furloughed federal employees, is not on the Senate calendar. However, it is likely to be added to the calendar this week and is expected to pass the Senate and be signed by the President. The fact that there is obvious bi-partisan support for this bill is very good for federal employees.
Hunter Moorhead, NASCOE's Legislative Consultant, encouraged us to tell our members that every phone call, email, or personal contact makes a difference. The Southeast Area has had some very good participation from our members in sending Capwiz messages. However, we can not stop at this. If you've send a Capwiz message, follow up with a personal email to your congressional members and then follow up with that by placing a phone call to their offices.
If you have access to Facebook, I would encourage you to stay up to date by visiting the NASCOE News Facebook page. NASCOE's website (www.nascoe.org) is also being updated frequently with the most current information. As we get more information, we'll be sure to get it out ASAP.
Thanks for everything you are doing!
Donny Green, SEA Legislative Chair
|Posted on October 2, 2013 at 7:39 AM||comments (148)|
Note: The word "concerns" is misspelled in the CAP-WIZ subject line. Please correct the spelling before forwarding the message to your legislator. NASCOE will probably revise this soon, but please be aware to correct the typo until a correction is made to the CAP-WIZ template.
If you have never used CAP-WIZ, you will be amazed at how simple it is to use:
Message to all NASCOE Members:
Even in this darkest hour we have the opportunity to shine the brightest. Now it is more important than ever for each member to voice their concern and impact the legislative process. Your NASCOE leadership and legislative team are working to make sure that you have tools at your disposal to express to Congress how the recent government shutdown affected us.
We are asking that you send the attached letter (Letter is in the previous post) to your 3 members of congress letting them know exactly how the government shutdown is affecting us as employees, and our customers, all of whom are your constituents. Again, we ask that each NASCOE member email this letter to their 2 Senators and to their member of congress, either through CAP-WIZ or directly by email. We would also ask that each member call all three of their congressional representatives and use the attached alert as their talking points. You can find your members of congress’s contact information at www.house.gov andwww.senate.gov by doing a search by your home zip code. We ask that you report back to your state president and state legislative chair on what was discussed on the call so that we can take further action as needed.
|Posted on October 1, 2013 at 7:42 PM||comments (77)|
NASCOE is currently working on a CAPWIZ Alert that will go out tonight or early tomorrow. Let your voice be heard through NASCOE!!!
If you know FSA employees who are not on the database, they can go on the NASCOE website and send it out. IT IS AN IMPORTANT TIME TO BE A MEMBER OF NASCOE!!!
A post will be made to NASCOE News Facebook Page when the CAPWIZ alert is sent.