|ONE volunteers at UNM|
The list of 22 sponsors of the Senate measure includes its lead sponsor, Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, Sen. Johnny Isaakson of Georgia, Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee and Sen. Christopher Coons of Delaware. (Sens. Corker and Coons are also the lead sponsors of the Food for Peace Reform Act of 2014 (SB 2421), a bipartisan initiative that provides needed flexibility to deliver food aid, making the program more efficient).
While none of the 13 volunteers came from New Mexico, some of the 44,000 messages they delivered to Senate offices came from our state. I'm sure their efforts to bring Sen. Heinrich on board were also supported by dozens of letters obtained by the ONE chapter at the University of New Mexico and the countless emails from ONE supporters in our state during the summer..
So what's the next step? ONE advocates around the country will continue efforts to bring the other 78 senators on board (including Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico) as co-sponosrs before the measure comes to the Senate floor for a vote. The companion measure in the House, HR 2538, was approved by an overwhelming margin last spring (with the support of Reps. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Ben Ray Lujan).