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really appreciate what you are doing by goingthe extra mile ...however would like to point that when we are talking about why we want this bill we should first communicate the impact +ve impact the bill will have the US economy due to the incentives we get to contribute when we know we wil get our permanent residency status like..buying house , incentive to invest in US financial products, start our own companies in near future and generate employment, ability to impart teaching / training folks, incentive to take risks to start companies, incentive towards greater spending in US economy (car, vacations, consumer goods etc)- your # 4 and #5 point could have come first - important point we need to convey is direct benefit to US economy in near and long term



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Called Senators in CA, MD and TN for the fifth day. Today I also offered to tell them my background and why this bill is important. Out of the six senators, five offered to listen (the sixth one said they were getting too many calls and unfortunately it is a busy day). Here is what I communicated and I must say I feel great at the end of it. All the offices were very appreciative of me talking to them and took down notes:

1. I have been in the US for 12 years.
2. I hold a PhD from one of the top univs in US and work for one of the largest corporations.
3. At a personal level, GC wait has hurt my career growth prospects and at times I seriously considered going back to India.
4. Many of my juniors from the school I went to India (which happens to be one of the best) do not feel great about coming to the US today because of stories of people like us, and they are staying back and making Asia more competitive.
5. I have a 3 year old daughter and I would like the US to be the most competitive 20 years from now when she enters the job market.

All of these points were received very well and I am glad I took the extra five minutes on each call.
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If we have the twitter handle for all the senators, I guess we could write a message with their twitter handle. multiple message in their twitter feed will very impactful. I am sure wherever they are they will even personally read the tweets addressed to them in their black berry or other smart phones.

Can we get a message format from IV admins?
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If we have the twitter handle for all the senators, I guess we could write a message with their twitter handle. multiple message in their twitter feed will very impactful. I am sure wherever they are they will even personally read the tweets addressed to them in their black berry or other smart phones.

Can we get a message format from IV admins?
We, once, did a twitter campaign. I am pretty sure IV has all the twitter handles of all the Senators. I am up twitter campaign in addition to phone campaign...
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All those who have a twitter account, can you please tweet your msg your senators as well? They will definitely be checking their twitter feeds in their smart phones wherever they are. And they will get to personally read the messages.
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Please check with IV Core before starting any campiagn ..there could be a reason why Phone campaign preference ... as has been stated earler we do not want our actions to backfire

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All those who have a twitter account, can you please tweet your msg your senators as well? They will definitely be checking their twitter feeds in their smart phones wherever they are. And they will get to personally read the messages.
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I spoke with my Senator's aides and the folks in Durbin's office were very sympathetic. The senate for HR3012 is S1983 or S1893 (don't remember which one). It's not going to be voted on before elections but will come up after elections. She confirmed that Senator is a strong supporter of this bill. Good job guys.
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really appreciate what you are doing by goingthe extra mile ...however would like to point that when we are talking about why we want this bill we should first communicate the impact +ve impact the bill will have the US economy due to the incentives we get to contribute when we know we wil get our permanent residency status like..buying house , incentive to invest in US financial products, start our own companies in near future and generate employment, ability to impart teaching / training folks, incentive to take risks to start companies, incentive towards greater spending in US economy (car, vacations, consumer goods etc)- your # 4 and #5 point could have come first - important point we need to convey is direct benefit to US economy in near and long term
Very well said and is helpful.
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made calls 3rd time today

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Agreed. I would like to stress that we are not disturbing them by calling them. They are willing and happy to listen. All of them ended the conversation saying they were glad I had explained my point of view. Go ahead and engage them. But rehearse the script before starting the conversation! Keep it friendly and professional.



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really appreciate what you are doing by goingthe extra mile ...however would like to point that when we are talking about why we want this bill we should first communicate the impact +ve impact the bill will have the US economy due to the incentives we get to contribute when we know we wil get our permanent residency status like..buying house , incentive to invest in US financial products, start our own companies in near future and generate employment, ability to impart teaching / training folks, incentive to take risks to start companies, incentive towards greater spending in US economy (car, vacations, consumer goods etc)- your # 4 and #5 point could have come first - important point we need to convey is direct benefit to US economy in near and long term
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Called Both MD senator's offices and asked them to support the bill. I called these offices all 5 days.

Are we going to keep doing next week also? Please advice.
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Called the office of senators. One of them asked if I am calling to support or oppose the bill. I am getting a feeling some folks are calling to oppose the bill.
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