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Gamaliel Hits the Hill

Posted by: Website Administrator on 12/12/2012
Last Thursday, December 6, more than one hundred Gamaliel clergy, leaders, and organizers “hit the Hill” with this message for the Lame Duck Congress: rebuild the middle class, protect low-income people, and strengthen our economy by investing in jobs, not cuts. In approximately forty meetings with Member offices, Gamaliel affiliates laid out the issues impacting their communities and secured some significant commitments from their Members of Congress. A few of those follow:

  • Michigan Sen. Carl Levin committed to participate in the Saginaw Jobs Summit.
  • Missouri Rep. Lacey Clay committed to work closely with MCU to promote minority and women inclusion in the workforce.
  • Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan made a commitment to support and lead the effort around immigration reform
Further, many of their Representatives committed to sign the Democratic Discharge Petition that would allow the Middle Class Tax Relief Act (HR 15) to come to the House floor for an up or down vote.
Issue group leaders also met with staff from the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, as well as the Senate Judiciary Committee in an effort to further articulate Gamaliel campaign work around education and immigration reform. In addition, 15 leaders, along with Gamaliel Executive Director Ana Garcia-Ashley, met with White House staff to lay out a plan for jobs summits in four communities in 2013. Finally, Rev. T. Ray McJunkins and Shelly Heideman, Faith Coalition for the Common Good (Springfield, IL); Rabbi Ron Symons, Gamaliel National Clergy Caucus Chair: and John Norton, Gamaliel National Training Director, met with Congressman James Clyburn, Assistant Democratic Leader, and his Capitol staff to discuss plans for briefing House Members on progressive faith values.
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