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AHEPA, DOP Bring
Issues to Forefront
on Capitol Hill
More than 70 Congressional
Offices Visited at Hill Day
The AHEPA family brought its legislative agenda to the attention of Capitol
Hill legislators and their staffs on May
22, 2013 during its annual Capitol Hill
Day. More than 70 congressional offices
from the Senate and House sides were
visited by AHEPA family members who
represented 18 states.
“Our mission, which is strongly
founded on our cultural heritage and our
community service programs, guides
our legislative agenda,” said Supreme
President Dr. John Grossomanides. “As
such, we have a diverse set of legislative
interests, both foreign and domestic,
that reflect our mission. We believe this
makes the AHEPA family unique in its
approach to Congress.”
He added, “This year’s event rivaled
our largest turnout since we started this
annual event in 2006. We had representation stretching from California to
Missouri to Florida. We sincerely thank
all our participants who took the time
out of their busy schedules to fulfill
their civic responsibility.”
According to Dr. Grossomanides,
AHEPA family members who participated at the organization’s annual Capitol
Hill Day discussed issues ranging from
religious freedom for the Ecumenical
Patriarchate to ending the division of
Cyprus to ensuring cost-effective, job
creating, and lifesaving domestic programs are preserved and maintained in
the federal budget. Domestic programs
of interest to the AHEPA family include
senior citizen housing, medical research
at NIH, and domestic violence. Also
With U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin, Ahepan.
With U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson.
Supreme Governor John Tanionos speaks
with U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy, III.
With U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, Ahepan.
Daughters of Penelope members gather prior to departing to each of their respective meetings.
included on the agenda was comprehensive immigration reform and provisions
within that legislation that would allow
Greek nationals to seek “highly skilled”
“In addition, our aim is to grow
the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic
Issues back to the record-setting number we achieved in previous congresses,”
said Dr. Grossomanides. “We are
encouraged by the positive responses
we received by members of Congress
who are not members of the Caucus to
join it. We expect to see it grow along
with the newly-formed Congressional
The day’s events included a morning
“kick-off ” reception where the AHEPA
family received remarks from U.S. Reps.
Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), co-chair of the
Hellenic Caucus and Congressional
Hellenic-Israel Alliance; and U.S. Reps.
Niki Tsongas (D-MA), Frank Pallone
(D-NJ) and Dina Titus (D-NV).
“We appreciate the strong show
of support from the champions
of Greek American issues,” said Dr.
Grossomanides. “We look forward to
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