Thursday, June 18, 2015

Lobby Day 2015 and the International Spy Museum

There. I got your attention with the headline. One had nothing to do with each other besides the fact that the two were part of my activities during a recent trip to Washington, D.C.

Slide from Lobby Day briefing
I was the lone representative from New Mexico on Lobby Day this year, and the visits went well (as expected). The staffs from Sen. Tom Udall, Sen. Martin Heinrich and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham were cordial, attentive and engaged (I also dropped off packets to the offices of Rep. Steve Pearce and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan).

We usually go into a visit with a single request; sometimes with two. This year, There were three requests we made to staff of our legislators:
  • Support the Summer Meals Act of 2015 (HR 1728 and S. 613)
  • Cosponsor and pass the Global Food Security Act (HR 1567 and S. 1252), which would make permanent the U.S. food and nutrition security program, Feed the Future.
  • Prevent cuts to programs that invest in children in the U.S. and around the world. Pass a budget deal that addresses sequestration.
Stefanie Casdorph, a Bread for the World communications intern this summer, joined me for the visit with Alma Acosta, legislative assistant for Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham.  Below are photographs with aides to Sens. Udall and Heinrich.

Here are a couple morephotographs that I took with the aides:
With Eli Greenspan (Sen. Heinrich)

With Lisa Van Theemske (Sen. Udall)
Okay, since I mentioned the Spy Museum, here are a couple of photos:

The briefcase recorder

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