View Congress Member / SenatorName: Brenda Lawrence
Position: House (MI, 14)
Staffer: Annika Christensen
Address: 2463 Rayburn House Office Building
Number of Contacts: 10 ( or 0% in support)
Cosponsor in 116th: Yes
Message and Talking Points
Jonathan Dollhopf writes on 1/15/2019 at 11:52AM:
Jonathan Dollhopf called asking for Annika Christensen and she was not available. I left the message for a follow-up.
Jonathan Dollhopf writes on 1/11/2019 at 12:05PM:
Jonathan Dollhopf sent an email to Annika Christensen asking whether Rep. Lawrence would co-sponsor DIA and told her to contact Amy Bos for more information. Also, request a meeting on 1/16/19.
Sophie Poost writes on 1/03/2019 at 4:32PM:
On December 21, Sophie Poost sent the following email to Annika Christensen and received no response:
I am writing on behalf of the Disability Community to thank Representative Lawrence for their sponsorship of the Disability Integration Act in the last Congress. We will be holding an event in the U.S. Capitol on January 15th to celebrate the bill???s reintroduction. We would like to announce the Representative as an original cosponsor of the bill at the event. Would you please confirm the Representative???s intention to be an original cosponsor on the legislation? We would be grateful for their leadership in helping ensure that all disabled Americans have the right to live in freedom. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Tim Bowman writes on 8/30/2018 at 1:12PM:
On August 30th, 2018, C4CI sent an email to Annika Christensen (email@example.com) asking why is not a cosponsor of DIA and whether the representative would commit to being an initial co-sponsor of DIA if elected to the next Congress.
Lindsay Baran writes on 8/01/2018 at 4:13PM:
From Sheryl Grossman, 7/27/18
Spoke with Annika Christensen, Leg Asst. She said that this bill is in her pile to bring up with the Congresswoman first thing after the Aug. recess and the Congresswoman will be away for the whole recess. Then she brought up that there had been some concerns raised about this bill by constituents. She said they are worried about losing the housing they currently have (then talked about an example in a facility). I talked about the fact that this bill does nothing to limit choice in housing, just the opposite. I talked about the benchmarks for housing in the bill. Next she brought up the fact that CMS and their state are currently having issues. She mentioned both reimbursement issues as well as what sounded like an HCBS Settings Rule dispute. I emphasized that this bill deliberately does not change the definitions, specifically to avoid any problems which may arise due to that. I talked about this being a civil rights bill. I talked about it standing separate of what is already going on with individual states. She responded: ???I will have everything ready for her to sign on after she returns from recess???. We will need to follow up on this just to make sure that this is the case. I strongly suggest their office hears from constituents throughout the Aug recess in order to solidify this.
Ellen Taverna writes on 7/20/2018 at 12:20PM:
Ellen met with Annika Christensen, Health LA, on 7/19. She seemed eager to hear about the DIA. She is relatively new and hasn???t had a chance to review it in depth. As a previous cosponsor, Lawrence should be on the bill. I mentioned Dingell recently joined as a cosponsor. She was interested in the NCD data and about costs in Michigan. She asked about how fast this was moving. She would review and is presenting a bunch of bills to Lawrence before the recess. She asked for me to follow up in September.
Ericka Jones writes on 6/04/2018 at 4:20PM:
ADAPT visited this office on May 16th. Follow up with: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruce Darling writes on 9/27/2017 at 3:30PM:
On September 27th, ADAPT members - as part of the Fall Action Hill Day - provided the office with information about the Disability Integration Act and asked that the Member of Congress cosponsor this legislation.
Bruce Darling writes on 5/17/2017 at 4:45PM:
On May 17th, ADAPT members - as part of the Spring Action Hill Day - provided the office with information about the Disability Integration Act and asked that the Member of Congress cosponsor this legislation.
Stephanie Woodward writes on 4/13/2016 at 11:02AM:
On April 13, 2016 ADAPT members - as part of the Spring Action Hill Day - provided the office with information about the Disability Integration Act which has already been introduced in the US Senate and asked that the Member of Congress become initial cosponsor this legislation in the House.