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Name: G.K. Butterfield
Position: House (NC, 1)
Party: Democrat

Staffer: Kyle Parker
Telephone: 202-225-3101
Address: 2080 Rayburn House Office Building

Number of Contacts: 12 ( or 0% in support)
Cosponsor in 116th: No

Message and Talking Points


Sophie Poost writes on 5/14/2019 at 2:15PM:
On 5/14/19 Sophie Poost spoke with Kyle Parker he said he hadn't gotten any emails, but would be happy to look them over if they were forwarded to him. When asked about the bill he said they were still reaching out to DHHS in NC and waiting to hear about a CBO score all of which is important to the Congressman because he is the vice chair of the subcommittee. Sophie thanked him for sharing his concerns and told him that ADAPT would me visiting next week so they would love to know the representative's stance before they visited. She also sent Kyle the following email:

Good Afternoon Kyle,

We spoke on the phone earlier today regarding the Disability Integration Act or DIA. I wanted to make sure I have the right email as well as an understanding of why Congressman Butterfield is waiting to make a decision on the DIA. You specifically cited that you were waiting to hear back from DHHS in NC and about the CBO score. While we understand that several Congressional offices are waiting for a score, we do want to remind you that because the CBO does not account for cost saving, the score will not accurately reflect the savings each State will receive due to the switch to providing community based services instead of institutional services. Even with that said, it???s difficult to explain to our community that members of Congress are waiting to see if giving Disabled Americans their freedom is cost effective enough to be worth passing a bill that ensures their freedom is no longer stolen away from them through forced institutionalization. You also mentioned Representative Butterfield???s position as the vice chair of the subcommittee as one of the reasons your office is taking time to review the bill, I believe that if the Congressman were to come out in support of the DIA, he would be showing true leadership in the fight to free our people and support the Disability Community.

In any case, I hope you are able to come to a conclusive decision soon, because ADAPT is coming to DC next week, as I previously stated during our call, and we would love to be able to stop by your office to say thank you to Congressman Butterfield for his support. Thank you again for speaking with me today and clarifying the issue with the emails. I look forward to future correspondence on this issue and encourage you to reach out to Amy Bos in Representative Sensenbrenner???s office with any questions or to be added to the bill.

Thank you again,

Sophie Poost

Dara Baldwin writes on 5/07/2019 at 1:25PM:
Cont'd - 5/7/2019 - I followed up with an email to Kyle's correct email address with link to DIA website and a list of the over 800 organizations supporting the bill.


Dara Baldwin writes on 5/07/2019 at 1:24PM:
On 5/7/2019 Dara went by office to speak with Kyle L. Parker - you must put L in his email. I was sending to wrong email. But he met with me and we spoke about my running into Rep. Butterfield as well as the bill. I also let him know that we have been getting some more CBC members on DIA - Dany Davis, Barbara Lee and Karen Bass.
He will review and speak with his boss this week. I will follow up with him on Monday the 13th.

Dara Baldwin writes on 5/01/2019 at 12:51PM:
On 5/1/19 - Dara stopped by office because Rep. Butterfield still not showing as a Cosponsor for DIA. Dennis Stills has left the office and the person taking care of his portfolio is Kyle Parker - Senior Policy Advisor. Dara left a message for him and then sent him an email with the information sent to Dennis Stills a few weeks ago and will follow up next week (May 6th).

Gregg Beratan writes on 4/08/2019 at 7:10PM:
Ericka Jones, Jonathan Dollhopf, Jennifer Disch and Gregg Beratan met with Dennis Sills. We explained that we were there to follow up on the representative 3/26 commitment to Dara Baldwin to cosponsor the Bill. Dennis said he would speak to Rep Butterfield about it, but that he had been looking at the bill and didn't foresee any issues with getting on. we made it clear we were available if the had any questions. He said he would .to the rep shortly

Dara Baldwin writes on 3/26/2019 at 1:45PM:
On 3/26/2019 ran into Rep. Butterfield in the Rayburn Cafeteria. He needed a spot to eat I offered him in front of me. I asked him to cosponsor DIA and he said he will immediately upon returning to his office. He is the Cochair of the Subcommittee on Health in E&C and he will ask Rep. Eshoo (D-CA) his Chair to get on as well. They have a meeting later today. I will follow up with his staff tomorrow and look for him to be on the bill by Friday.

Lindsay Baran writes on 11/04/2018 at 8:33PM:
Sheryl Grossman:
10/31/18, Dennis Sills Sen Leg Asst, . Met with. He will bring both bills up???he said to check back in a week and a half.

Tim Bowman writes on 8/30/2018 at 1:12PM:
On August 30th, 2018, C4CI sent an email to Dennis Sills ( 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.

Ericka Jones writes on 6/04/2018 at 11:55AM:
ADAPT met with an intern at this office on May 16th. Staff suggested also following up with Walter Jones' office - swing vote.

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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.

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