March 7, 2014
March 6, 2014
It has been really difficult putting on a conference with two staff. One casualty has been communications; it has really backed up. It makes me wish I knew how to type and have better communication skills in terms of writing as there is so much going on these days, so much to tell.
The most recent is the many visits with Congressional Members. They have been terrific. The Dear Colleague letter for our CSBG re-authorization bill finally was sent out announcing the bill to other Members in Congress. Politics did not tie up this letter getting out sooner. It was another case of being short-staffed. One of the key sponsors of our bill was down two key legislative staff and they just were not able to get it done sooner.
It can be easy to read too much into why certain things are happening or not happening. In this case, there is no reason to spend too much time trying to interpret why things are taking longer. I don't think there is anything out of the normal. None of how this is evolving raises eyebrows with me. Our bill is still moving the way I want it to. What is interesting to me is that everybody that is involved wants to make our bill a textbook example of bipartisanship. That means a whole different outside coalition of nontraditional groups working on our behalf. It means a lot of aggressive work back in districts.
My first meeting this morning was with Mike Fitzpatrick’s chief of staff to go over and clarify a few things with the bill. As I left the Hill and walked back to my office, it was a cold morning with snow still on the ground, I reflected on what an enjoyable experience this year is going to be. With leadership and commitment, we will get this legislation done.