Triple I Initiative
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USICD's Triple I Initiative
Invest in Inclusion Internationally
USICD's Triple I initiative is focused on appropriations to the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for disability inclusion.
USICD needs your help in convincing 27 members of Congress (15 Senators and 12 Representatives) from 22 states to do something that is greatly needed for global citizens with disabilities. These members of Congress serve on either the Senate or House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs. USICD has urged these subcommittees to:
1. Give the office of the USAID disability coordinator funding for six new professional staff and $10 million to support initiatives to foster and create greater inclusion of persons with disabilities in community development and for advancement of disability rights around the world.
The disability coordinator position has been vacant since December 2014. Even then, the coordinator was on loan from the World Bank and had no budget or staff. So USICD’s request is an attempt to repair a case of significant neglect.
2. Give the Office of the International Disability Rights Advisor in the State Department funding for six new professional staff and $10 million to support initiatives to foster and create greater inclusion of persons with disabilities in their communities and for their advancement of disability rights around the world.
Currently, the Advisor and one professional staff are able to pursue this work only with contributions from other units in the State Department and with staff from these units lent to them temporarily. USICD is seeking a new idea: adequate capacity in these offices through appropriations for greater global impact.
The only way our request will gain traction is if USICD members from the states in the chart below contact their representatives and ask them to support the idea as their subcommittees develop appropriation bills.
USICD in May 2016 has written to seven key members on the Appropriations Committees asking for funding for both offices. This was the first step. We contacted:
- Republican Sen. Thad Cochran, Chair of the full Senate Appropriations Committee (SC)
- Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Ranking Democrat on the full Senate Appropriations Committee (MD)
- Republican Rep. Harold Rogers, Chair of the full House Appropriations Committee (KY)
- Rep. Nita Lowey, Ranking Democrat on the full House Appropriations Committee (NY) and on the House subcommittee that funds the State Department
- Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, Chair of the Senate subcommittee that funds the State Department (SC)
- Sen. Patrick Leahy, Ranking Democrat on the Senate subcommittee that funds the State Department (VT)
- Republican Rep. Kay Granger, Chair of the House subcommittee that funds the State Department (TX)
The next step is for each of these seven leaders to hear from at least 10 constituents directly, and for all members of the two subcommittees each to hear from at least 10 of their constituents directly. With this volume, the committees are more likely to seriously consider our request and to include them in the appropriations bills. These key members need to hear from constituents now.
We have developed talking points to help you approach these important members. Contact USICD Program Manager, Andrea Shettle, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a copy of either the Senate or House or both sets of talking points. Please let Andrea know the State in which you live. Or, if you do not live in one of the targeted states, please consider friends or relatives in targeted states who you could convince to help.
Key Members of Congress for Contact:
Arkansas (Boozman, R)
California (Lee, D)
Connecticut (Murphy, D)
Florida (Diaz-Belart, R; Crenshaw, R, Rooney, R; Wasserman-Schultz, D)
Delaware (Coons, D)
Kentucky (Rogers, R)
Illinois (Durbin, D; Kirk, D)
Maryland (Ruppersberger, D)
Kansas (Moran, R)
Nebraska (Fortenberry, R)
Kentucky (McConnell, R)
New York (Lowey, D; Serrano, D)
Maryland (Mikulski, D)
Pennsylvania (Dent, R)
Mississippi, (Chochan, R)
Texas (Granger, R)
Missouri (Blunt, R)
Utah (Stewart, R)
Montana (Daines, R)
New Hampshire (Shaheen, D)
Oklahoma (Lankford, R)
Oregon (Merkley, D)
South Carolina (Graham, R)
Vermont (Leahy, D)
Please note: If you do not live in one of the targeted states, you may have a friend or friends who do. Please invite them to join the campaign and have them reach out to Andrea, or let Andrea know to whom to send the talking points.
Invest in Inclusion Internationally!