Sunday, January 25, 2015

Response from Congressman Rick Larsen

I just received a response from Congressman Rick Larsen:
Thanks for the heads up. I'll have my staff look at it. I think I have cosponsored in the past. R

Friday, January 23, 2015

Reply from Congressman Mark Takai Office

I received a reply from Congressman Mark Takai Office
Mike Yates, mahalo for your note. We will pass it on to the congressman. —Esme for Team Takai

Response from David Jolly

I received a response from David Jolly
Thanks Mike. As you may know, I cosponsored this legislation last Congress and look forward to cosponsoring it again. It is my hope as well that the legislation will receive a vote on the House floor sometime this Congress. Thanks for reaching out.

David Jolly Favorited Tweets

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Reply received from Congressman Scott Peters

We appreciate you reaching out. As you may have seen, Scott cosponsored this bill during the last session of Congress and has agreed to cosponsor the new version as it is reintroduced. You can find more information about his work for veterans here:http://scottpeters.house.gov/issues/veterans-issues. Please reach out to his office at 202-225-0508 if you would like to discuss it further. ~ Staff.
Veterans Issues
scottpeters.house.gov

Reply received from Congressman John Carney

Mr. Yates,
Thanks for letting me know your feelings on the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act. As you may know, I cosponsored this legislation last Congress. I will make sure to take another look at it when it is reintroduced this year.
Best,
John

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Gibson's Dear Colleague Letter

I was given permissions to post these:


I wanted to show everyone that posting to random site does get the word out. I have post on over 50 different random FB pages and I must get at least 4 of these messages a day. I also get them from the posting I do on the Representatives page.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Received another reply: U.S. Rep. Tony C├írdenas I believe you checked in with me on this last year Mike. I will take a look at the bill when Rep. Gibson files it this year!

Congress Person Response

I received another response:

Hi Mike, thank you for contacting Kyrsten. During the 113th Congress (2013-2014), Kyrsten cosponsored the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act. She works closely with Congressman Gibson, and actually introduced a bill with him today on another issue.

While Congressman Gibson has not yet re-introduced the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act for the 114th Congress (2015-2016), we will certainly keep an eye on this issue and pass your thoughts on to Kyrsten.

If you have any additional questions or comments, please email Kyrsten at https://sinema.house.gov/email-me. Thank you for reaching out. – Staff

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

As you can see i am getting some responses after I have contacted them. Can you image what would happen if everyone on this list and on the Blue Water Navy page would contact them. It only takes a few minutes to contact them. We can't just sit around hoping someone else does it. WE ALL NEED TO DO IT and we need Facebook friends, our relatives, our real life friends, and other we talk to to contact Congress so this can pass.
I have received a response from Rep. Mike Bost: 
Thank you, Mike. I will look into it.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Over the weekend I contacted the Representatives that are on the House Veterans Affairs Committee and I received the following back. I am somewhat worried that he is still referring to it as HR543. This is from Congreeman Beto O'Rourke (D-TX)

Thank you for writing to me regarding the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act (H.R. 543). I am a cosponsor of this legislation.

Under current law, the Veterans Administration (VA) recognizes illnesses and exposure to Agent Orange as presumptive conditions for the purpose of obtaining VA disability benefits. Unfortunately, this presumption only covers veterans who had “boots on the ground” in Vietnam. This unfairly leaves out Navy Vietnam veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange during service off the coast of Vietnam. H.R. 543 would correct this situation and I am proud to support it.

Sunday, January 18, 2015


Congressman Chris Gibson ®-NY) has agreed to re-introduce the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act early in this Congress. He would like to do so with at least 100 original co-sponsors. We have collected around 22 so far, many in response to letters and e-mails from supporters. We want to ensure the Members of Congress that there is still support out there for this bill. Please take the time, if you have not already done so, to contact the Washington DC office of your Member of Congress to ask him or her to contact Congressman Gibson’s office and agree to be an original co-sponsor. This is not a Democrat or Republican issue. The bill has had bi-partisan support and will continue to enjoy this support. If you have the time, please contact the office of Congressman Jeff Miller (R-FL) and Corrine Brown (D-FL) the Chair and Ranking Member of the House Veterans Committee and ask them to move the bill to the floor once it is introduced. Let’s get this bill passed in 2015.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

House Veterans Affairs Committee

Republicans
Jeff Miller (FL), Chairman
Doug Lamborn (CO)
Gus M. Bilirakis (FL), Vice Chairman
David P. Roe (TN)
Dan Benishek (MI)
Tim Huelskamp (KS)
Mike Coffman (CO)
Brad Wenstrup (OH)
Jackie Walorski (IN)
Ralph Abraham (LA)
Lee Zeldin (NY)
Ryan Costello (PA)
Amata Radewagen (AS)
Mike Bost (IL)
Democrats
Corrine Brown ( FL)
Mark Takano (CA)
Julia Brownley (CA)
Dina Titus (NV)
Raul Ruiz (CA)
Ann McLane Kuster (CA)
Beto O'Rourke (TX)

Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs


Committee Members
Chairman
Senator Johnny Isakson  (R - GA)  Contact »
Majority
Ranking Member
Senator Richard Blumenthal (D - CT) Contact »
Minority

Senate Contact List


Alexander, Lamar - (R - TN)Class II
455 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4944
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Ayotte, Kelly - (R - NH)Class III
144 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3324
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Baldwin, Tammy - (D - WI)Class I
717 Hart Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5653
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Barrasso, John - (R - WY)Class I
307 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6441
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Bennet, Michael F. - (D - CO)Class III
458 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5852
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Blumenthal, Richard - (D - CT)Class III
724 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2823
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Blunt, Roy - (R - MO)Class III
260 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5721
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Booker, Cory A. - (D - NJ)Class II
141 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3224
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Boozman, John - (R - AR)Class III
320 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4843
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Boxer, Barbara - (D - CA)Class III
112 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3553
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Brown, Sherrod - (D - OH)Class I
713 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2315
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Burr, Richard - (R - NC)Class III
217 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3154
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Cantwell, Maria - (D - WA)Class I
311 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3441
Contact: www.cantwell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-maria
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Capito, Shelley Moore - (R - WV)Class II
5 Russell Senate Courtyard Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6472
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Cardin, Benjamin L. - (D - MD)Class I
509 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4524
Contact: www.cardin.senate.gov/contact/
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Carper, Thomas R. - (D - DE)Class I
513 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2441
Contact: carper.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-senator-carper
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Casey, Robert P., Jr. - (D - PA)Class I
393 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6324
Contact: www.casey.senate.gov/contact/
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Cassidy, Bill - (R - LA)Class II
703 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5824
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Coats, Daniel - (R - IN)Class III
493 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5623
Contact: www.coats.senate.gov/contact/
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Cochran, Thad - (R - MS)Class II
113 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5054
Contact: www.cochran.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-me
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Collins, Susan M. - (R - ME)Class II
413 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2523
Contact: www.collins.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email
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Coons, Christopher A. - (D - DE)Class II
127A Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5042
Contact: www.coons.senate.gov/contact/
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Corker, Bob - (R - TN)Class I
425 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3344
Contact: www.corker.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/emailme
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Cornyn, John - (R - TX)Class II
517 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2934
Contact: www.cornyn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=ContactForm
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Cotton, Tom - (R - AR)Class II
B33 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2353
Contact: www.cotton.senate.gov/content/contact-tom
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Crapo, Mike - (R - ID)Class III
239 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6142
Contact: www.crapo.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm
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Cruz, Ted - (R - TX)Class I
185 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5922
Contact: www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=email_senator
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Daines, Steve - (R - MT)Class II
1 Russell Senate Courtyard Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2651
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Donnelly, Joe - (D - IN)Class I
720 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4814
Contact: www.donnelly.senate.gov/contact/email-joe
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Durbin, Richard J. - (D - IL)Class II
711 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2152
Contact: www.durbin.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact
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Enzi, Michael B. - (R - WY)Class II
379A Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3424
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Ernst, Joni - (R - IA)Class II
825 B&C Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3254
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Feinstein, Dianne - (D - CA)Class I
331 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3841
Contact: www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me
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Fischer, Deb - (R - NE)Class I
383 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6551
Contact: www.fischer.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact
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Flake, Jeff - (R - AZ)Class I
368 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4521
Contact: www.flake.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-jeff
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Franken, Al - (D - MN)Class II
309 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5641
Contact: www.franken.senate.gov/?p=contact
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Gardner, Cory - (R - CO)Class II
B40B Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5941
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Gillibrand, Kirsten E. - (D - NY)Class I
478 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4451
Contact: www.gillibrand.senate.gov/contact/
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Graham, Lindsey - (R - SC)Class II
290 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5972
Contact: lgraham.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.La...
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Grassley, Chuck - (R - IA)Class III
135 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3744
Contact: www.grassley.senate.gov/contact
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Hatch, Orrin G. - (R - UT)Class I
104 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5251
Contact: www.hatch.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact?p=Email-Orrin
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Heinrich, Martin - (D - NM)Class I
702 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5521
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Heitkamp, Heidi - (D - ND)Class I
502 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2043
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Heller, Dean - (R - NV)Class I
324 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6244
Contact: www.heller.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-form
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Hirono, Mazie K. - (D - HI)Class I
330 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6361
Contact: www.hirono.senate.gov/contact
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Hoeven, John - (R - ND)Class III
338 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2551
Contact: www.hoeven.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-the-senator
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Inhofe, James M. - (R - OK)Class II
205 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4721
Contact: www.inhofe.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact...
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Isakson, Johnny - (R - GA)Class III
131 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3643
Contact: www.isakson.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-me
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Johnson, Ron - (R - WI)Class III
328 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5323
Contact: www.ronjohnson.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact
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Kaine, Tim - (D - VA)Class I
388 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4024
Contact: www.kaine.senate.gov/contact
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King, Angus S., Jr. - (I - ME)Class I
359 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5344
Contact: www.king.senate.gov/contact
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Kirk, Mark - (R - IL)Class III
524 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2854
Contact: www.kirk.senate.gov/?p=contact
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Klobuchar, Amy - (D - MN)Class I
302 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3244
Contact: www.klobuchar.senate.gov/public/contact-amy
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Lankford, James - (R - OK)Class III
B40C Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5754
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Leahy, Patrick J. - (D - VT)Class III
437 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4242
Contact: www.leahy.senate.gov/contact/
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Lee, Mike - (R - UT)Class III
316 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5444
Contact: www.lee.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact
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Manchin, Joe, III - (D - WV)Class I
306 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3954
Contact: www.manchin.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-form
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Markey, Edward J. - (D - MA)Class II
218 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2742
Contact: www.markey.senate.gov/contact
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McCain, John - (R - AZ)Class III
241 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2235
Contact: www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-form
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McCaskill, Claire - (D - MO)Class I
506 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6154
Contact: www.mccaskill.senate.gov/contact
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McConnell, Mitch - (R - KY)Class II
317 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2541
Contact: www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=contact
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Menendez, Robert - (D - NJ)Class I
528 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4744
Contact: menendez.senate.gov/contact/
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Merkley, Jeff - (D - OR)Class II
313 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3753
Contact: www.merkley.senate.gov/contact/
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Mikulski, Barbara A. - (D - MD)Class III
503 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4654
Contact: www.mikulski.senate.gov/contact/
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Moran, Jerry - (R - KS)Class III
361A Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6521
Contact: moran.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-jerry
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Murkowski, Lisa - (R - AK)Class III
709 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6665
Contact: www.murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Contact
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Murphy, Christopher - (D - CT)Class I
303 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4041
Contact: www.murphy.senate.gov/contact
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Murray, Patty - (D - WA)Class III
154 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2621
Contact: www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactme
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Nelson, Bill - (D - FL)Class I
716 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5274
Contact: www.billnelson.senate.gov/contact-bill
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Paul, Rand - (R - KY)Class III
124 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4343
Contact: www.paul.senate.gov/?p=contact
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Perdue, David - (R - GA)Class II
B40D Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3521
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Peters, Gary - (D - MI)Class II
2 Russell Senate Courtyard Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6221
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Portman, Rob - (R - OH)Class III
448 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3353
Contact: www.portman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact?p=contact...
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Reed, Jack - (D - RI)Class II
728 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4642
Contact: www.reed.senate.gov/contact/
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Reid, Harry - (D - NV)Class III
522 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3542
Contact: www.reid.senate.gov/contact
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Risch, James E. - (R - ID)Class II
483 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2752
Contact: www.risch.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Email
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Roberts, Pat - (R - KS)Class II
109 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4774
Contact: www.roberts.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=EmailPat
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Rounds, Mike - (R - SD)Class II
4 Russell Senate Courtyard Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5842
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Rubio, Marco - (R - FL)Class III
284 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3041
Contact: www.rubio.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact
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Sanders, Bernard - (I - VT)Class I
332 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5141
Contact: www.sanders.senate.gov/contact/
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Sasse, Ben - (R - NE)Class II
B40E Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4224
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Schatz, Brian - (D - HI)Class III
722 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3934
Contact: www.schatz.senate.gov/contact
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Schumer, Charles E. - (D - NY)Class III
322 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6542
Contact: www.schumer.senate.gov/contact/email-chuck
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Scott, Tim - (R - SC)Class III
167 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6121
Contact: www.scott.senate.gov/contact/email-me
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Sessions, Jeff - (R - AL)Class II
326 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4124
Contact: www.sessions.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-jeff
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Shaheen, Jeanne - (D - NH)Class II
520 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2841
Contact: www.shaheen.senate.gov/contact/
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Shelby, Richard C. - (R - AL)Class III
304 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5744
Contact: www.shelby.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/emailsenatorshelby
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Stabenow, Debbie - (D - MI)Class I
133 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4822
Contact: www.stabenow.senate.gov/?p=contact
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Sullivan, Daniel - (R - AK)Class II
B40A Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3004
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Tester, Jon - (D - MT)Class I
706 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2644
Contact: www.tester.senate.gov/Contact/index.cfm
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Thune, John - (R - SD)Class III
511 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2321
Contact: www.thune.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact
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Tillis, Thom - (R - NC)Class II
G55 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6342
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Toomey, Patrick J. - (R - PA)Class III
248 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4254
Contact: www.toomey.senate.gov/?p=contact
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Udall, Tom - (D - NM)Class II
110 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6621
Contact: www.tomudall.senate.gov/?p=contact
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Vitter, David - (R - LA)Class III
516 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4623
Contact: www.vitter.senate.gov/contact
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Warner, Mark R. - (D - VA)Class II
475 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2023
Contact: www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Contact
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Warren, Elizabeth - (D - MA)Class I
317 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4543
Contact: www.warren.senate.gov/?p=email_senator
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Whitehouse, Sheldon - (D - RI)Class I
530 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2921
Contact: www.whitehouse.senate.gov/contact/
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Wicker, Roger F. - (R - MS)Class I
555 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6253
Contact: www.wicker.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact
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Wyden, Ron - (D - OR)Class III
221 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5244
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