Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Third CoSponsor Signs On!

Caption Action 2 just received a copy of an email sent today to a Caption Action 2 supporter by the supporter's Representative, Steve Israel, 2nd District of New York. The supporter had written to Israel at Caption Action 2's urging. The email says he has signed on as a co-sponsor of HR3101! We've got one of last year's 15 co-sponsors back! It pays to write!! Reprinted in full below ("Caption Action 2 supporter" is substituted for the person's name) is the email:

From: "Representative Steve Israel"
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2009 19:43:28 -04

Subject: Message from Congressman Israel

Dear Caption Action 2 Supporter:

Thank you for contacting me in support of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act. I appreciate your thoughts on this matter and welcome the opportunity respond.

You may be pleased to know that I am a co-sponsor of H.R. 3101, the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2009, which was introduced by Representative Edward Markey of Massachusetts on June 26, 2009. This legislation would ensure that people with disabilities have access to the newest technologies by modernizing the disability mandates in the Communications Act. H.R. 3101 would also make broadband technologies more accessible by requiring closed captioning and video descriptions on internet videos, and by ensuring that phones are hearing-aid compatible.

This bill is currently awaiting further consideration by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Please be assured I will keep your views in mind as this legislation develops.

Thank you again for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to do so again on any matter of concern. You can also visit my website (http://house.gov/israel) to learn more about the issues important to you.


Member of Congress

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