Newly Elected Members Join the New England Congressional Delegation
New members of our congressional delegation are Senators Elizabeth Warren-MA and Angus King-ME and Representatives Joe Kennedy-MA, Carol Shea-Porter-NH, & Ann Kuster-NH. Our chapter activists look forward to meeting with these new lawmakers at our upcoming annual MS Public Policy Conference in Washington D.C. in March.
Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Defeated (CRPD)
Despite broad bi-partisan support, ratification of the CRPD was narrowly defeated in the United States Senate. The CRPD is the first international treaty to describe the obligations of ratifying countries to promote, protect, fulfill, and ensure the rights of persons with disabilities. Through the ADA, the US has made progress toward the goals of inclusion, equal opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for Americans with disabilities. Ratification of the CRPD would present the opportunity for a reaffirmation of these values, provide the forum to advance them worldwide, and extend protections for Americans with disabilities, including veterans, who live, work, or travel abroad. While the full Senate voted against ratifying the CRPD, the Greater New England Chapter thanks Senator Kerry and the entire chapter senate delegation for their leadership and favorable votes on this key matter.
New legislatures are now in session.
The chapter’s government relations committees are currently determining our new policy agendas and activities as we anticipate the many challenges and potential victories ahead. More details will follow. This session the chapter will also be incorporating into each state agenda, at least one of the following issues that we have identified as unified policy issues : Medicaid expansion, limiting out of pocket expenses for prescription drugs and increasing awareness of MS through state partnerships.
MS State House Days
Save the Dates...and Participate
Each year MS activists make their mark at the state capitol educating lawmakers about MS and our priority issues. Contact the following if you have an interest in participating in these events:
MS Day at the Maine Capitol - March 21
MS Day at the NH State House - March date TBD
MS Day at the MA State House - May 14
MS Day at the Vermont Capitol - March 14
One link will sign you up to receive federal and state e-alerts to take action and contact your elected officials on key issues impacting people with MS. If you are not yet on our list, or your email has changed, please re-register at nationalmssociety.org/government-affairs-and-advocacy/index.aspx.
New Election Results = New MS Grass Top Connections to Public Officials!
Wanted: MS Grass Tops!
Are You a Grass Top?
Do you have:
- A close, personal connection with a local official; a state or federal legislator; an individual serving at a key government agency; or an influential staff person for any of the above figures.
- A relationship that you can leverage on behalf of the National MS Society to facilitate an introduction with Society staff.
If yes: visit www.MSnewengland.org and click on “Take Action” on the left column, then click on “Grass Top.”
Or, email: email@example.com or call 781-693-5140.