THE CONGRESSIONAL PORTUGUESE-AMERICAN CAUCUS REINSTATED!

NOPA is proud to report that our advocacy efforts to reinstate the Congressional Portuguese American Caucus have been successful. Congressmen Cardoza (CA-18) and Costa (CA-20) are now official co-chairs of the Congressional Portuguese-American Caucus for the 112th Congress (2011-2012). We are extremely thankful to the Congressman for their commitment and to their staff for their efforts to officially reinstate the Caucus after eight years of being defunct.

Please call and/or email Congressmen Cardoza and Costa to thank them for their efforts to reinstate the Caucus and for their commitment to the Portuguese-American community. It is important for our elected officials to hear from the community and we hope that you will reach out to thank them.

We are still hopeful that Portuguese American Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-20) and Senator Pat Toomey (PA) will sign on as co-chairs of the Caucus. We are grateful to them and all the Members of Congress of Portuguese descent for their work on behalf of the community and the awareness they generate of the contributions our community members are making at all levels of society, but we feel it is important for all the Portuguese-American Members of Congress to be co-chairs of this Caucus.

Please let Congressman Nunes and Senator Toomey know how important this is to our community by calling and/or emailing to urge them to join as a co-chair the Portuguese-American Caucus.

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NOPA is Now Putting Forth a Call to Action

The Portuguese American community-at-large needs to call and/or email their Members of Congress and Senate and urge them to join the Caucus. The more Members the Caucus has, the stronger the voice our community will have on Capitol Hill. The Caucus remains open for Members to join at any time throughout the 112th Congress so if your Member does not initially join, we can continue to invite them over the next two years. You can find contact information for your elected official below.

US House of Representatives Contact Information:
http://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

US Senate Contact Information:
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

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Contact Information for the Staff Directors of the Congressional Portuguese American Caucus
Ben Parmentier
Legislative Assistant
Office of Congressman Jim Costa
Phone: 202-225-3341
Email: ben.parmentier@mail.house.gov

Marilyn Shapley
Legislative Assistant
Office of Congressman Dennis Cardoza
Phone: 202-225-6131
Email: marilyn.shapley@mail.house.gov

The Caucus is for all Portuguese American individuals, communities, and organizations to utilize and can be contacted directly.

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Co-Chairs and Member Profiles:
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