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Speaker Pelosi's Office

March 1, 2007

Chapter 65 members at Pelosi's officeAs planned, we met with Speaker Nancy Pelosi's aides at the Federal Building on Golden Gate on March 1st. A group of eight of us talked with Nicole Rivera, Field Representative/ Caseworker and Mejgan Ali Afshan, Staff Assistant. Even though they were unable to assure us that Speaker Pelosi would cosponsor H.R. 82 and H.R. 1110, we felt that we got a fair hearing. NARFE's position is that receiving a federal retirement annuity should not affect the social security benefits to which he/she would be otherwise entitled. The GPO hits widows unfairly hard, and the 'W' in WEP can hardly be described as a "windfall."

Both Nicole and Mejgan were very knowledgeable and receptive to our views. We felt that we established a good solid relationship that will give us an opportunity to present more ideas and, in the future, obtain support for NARFE. Many thanks to Herman Bracey, DorisMarie Hagopian, Beatrice Bertwell, Dave Garcia, Fran Chan, Martha Raup, and Jesse Ramos for taking the morning to visit the Speaker's office!!     Jane Ramos

NOTE: To see a slide show of this event, click on the photo above or click here and enjoy!








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