Action Alert: Thursday April 15 – Push For HR 3101!

April 12, 2010 at 6:43 pm 1 comment

Action AlertJoin COAT Leading Organization National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and NVRC in a virtual legislative day.

Family, friends, co-workers, teachers, service professionals, neighbors and others please join us!

Plan now to set aside time during the day on Thursday April 15th to call and/or write to your Representative in support of the “21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act” (HR 3101). That same day, the NAD Board of Directors will be in Washington, DC, meeting with their key Representatives to advocate for this important legislation. Be part of the same action! Your calls, letters, faxes, and emails will help efforts to push for the passage of this bill.

Links are below to help you contact your Representative, along with a sample message. After you contact your Representative, please contact the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet. His name is Rep. Rick Boucher. His contact information is also provided below.

Even if you already contacted your Representative on this, it is always useful to contact your elected Representative again. He or she needs to hear often from people in their communities. You really have an impact on legislation and your next call, letter, fax, or email could help move this bill forward. Let’s work together as a team and take action! Thanks for your support and for joining in on COAT affiliate NAD’s Legislative Day!

Rep. James Moran of Virginia District 8 is the only co-sponsor for Virginia. The other Virginia representatives we need as co-sponsors are:

  • Boucher, Rick, Virginia, 9th
  • Cantor, Eric, Virginia, 7th
  • Connolly, Gerald E. “Gerry”, Virginia, 11th
  • Forbes, J. Randy, Virginia, 4th
  • Goodlatte, Bob, Virginia, 6th
  • Nye III, Glenn C., Virginia, 2nd
  • Perriello, Tom, Virginia, 5th
  • Scott, Robert C. “Bobby”, Virginia, 3rd
  • Wittman, Robert J., Virginia, 1st
  • Wolf, Frank, Virginia, 10th

Check out “If I Could Do This So Can You, Too!” an ASL video with captions about one man’s reason for supporting the bill and how he worked to get his Representative to support it.

Contact Information: To find contact information for your Representative, go to your Representative’s webpage (members are listed alphabetically by last name). Or go to Wite Your Representative’s webpage. Find your State and then type in your zip code in the boxes to find your Representative’s webpage. On their page, click on Contact information for addresses, phone numbers, fax and email forms.

Check The List Of Co-Sponsors for H.R. 3101 at GovTrack website

  • If your Representative is a co-sponsor of H.R.3101, tell your Representative: “Thank you for being a co-sponsor of H.R. 3101, the Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act .”
  • If your Representative is not a co-sponsor of H.R. 3101, call or send a letter/fax/email asking your Representative “to co-sponsor H.R. 3101, the Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act.”

Sample Message:

Subject: Please Co-Sponsor H.R. 3101, 21stCentury Broadband Communications for People with Disabilities

Dear Representative [Last Name]:

I want to participate in the revolutionary way that Americans interact, learn, work, and do business using new digital communication devices, broadband, and the Internet. To be effective, these new technologies must be available, affordable, and accessible to everyone, including people like me who are [deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, or deaf-blind]. The “Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2009” (H.R. 3101) will amend the Communications Act to ensure that all Americans have equal access to these exciting and innovative new technologies.

H.R. 3101 is important to me because… [Personalize your letter. Tell your Representative why H.R. 3101 is important to you.]

H.R. 3101 is supported by AT&T, Verizon, Windstream, USTelecom Association, and the Federal Communications Commission National Broadband Plan, and others. For more information about H.R. 3101, please visit
Please co-sponsor H.R. 3101.

Thank you.

Your name and address.
(If you are not yet a registered voter, please be sure to register to vote the next day!)

Contact Information for Rep. Rick Boucher, Chairman of House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology & the Internet:

Rep. Rick Boucher
Chairman, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet
2187 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: 202-225-3861
Fax: 202-225-0442

If you have questions about this Action Alert or about HR 3101 or how to register to vote, please write to If you get your Rep. to also be a co-sponsor of HR 3101, be sure to send an email to

For more information, contact Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC), vist


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Caroline2012  |  April 18, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Hi, I don’t know if it is my browser or what, but I keep getting that the site for Boucher is untrusted, and I’m not getting any results. Any other way to access him via internet, or should I just FAX?


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