Monday, January 07, 2013

Lobby Day is on June 11 (And it's Not Too Early to Plan Your Trip to Washington, D.C.)

It's not too early to start planning your trip to Washington, D.C., this summer for Bread for the World's National Gathering and Lobby Day.  The national gathering is scheduled for the second weekend in June, followed by  Lobby Day on June 11.  (Stay tuned for more details)

I urge Bread members from New Mexico to consider making the trip to Washington to join me in our meetings with the staffs of Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and Reps. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Lujan. Hopefully, we'll be able to see the senators and representatives themselves too.  

Heinrich is new to the Senate (even though he served two terms in the House), and Lujan Grisham was just elected to replace Heinrich in the House.  Now that the 113th Congress has been sworn in, we now know the location of the offices for Heinrich and Lujan Grisham.  Heinrich's office will be locate in the Dirksen Senate Office Building.  Lujan Grisham's office is located in the Cannon House Office Building.  

Here is the location of the offices for our two senators and our three representatives.

Sen. Tom Udall
110 Hart Senate Office Building
(202) 224-6621

Sen. Martin Heinrich 
B40D Dirksen Senate Office Building
(202) 224-5521
Click Here  for a list of other Senate Offices

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham  (NM-1)
Cannon House Office Building 214
 (202) 225-6316

Rep. Seve Pearce (NM-2)
Rayburn House Office Building 2232
(202) 225-2365

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (NM-3)
Rayburn House Office Building 2246
 (202) 225-6190

Click Here  for a list of other House Offices

The 113th Congress will bring new committee assignments for our new and veteran representatives.  We wrote about Sen. Udall's appointment to the Senate Appropriations Committee, and also how Rep. Lujan Grisham landed on the House Agriculture Committee.  Since then, we learned that Lujan Grisham also gained an appointment to the House Budget Committee, and Sen.Heinrich will serve on the Joint Economic Committee of the Senate and House.  Sen. Heinrich is also on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Other significant moves: Rep. Ben Ray Luján has been appointed a chief deputy whip for the Democratic caucus in the 113rd Congress. Whips are responsible for mobilizing the party vote on important bills before they come to the floor for a vote. They also act as a liaison between members and the caucus to build support for the Democratic agenda. Rep. Lujan is on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Rep. Steve Pearce, who is on the House Financial Services Committee, was recently appointed chair of the Congressional Western Caucus.

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