Vice President Biden, Speaker Pelosi, Homeland Secretary Napolitano to address Fire Fighters Union Legislative Conference
Vice President Joe Biden will address more than 1,000 leaders of the fire fighters union Monday at the International Association of Fire Fighters 2009 Legislative Conference, held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Capitol Hill, March 15-18.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Senate Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Susan Collins (R-Maine) are among the list of bipartisan speakers at the conference. The economy, homeland security and first responder issues will be the focus of discussion.
On Tuesday delegates to the conference will be on Capitol Hill visiting with their senators and representatives. Jared Bernstein, chief economist for Vice President Biden, will speak Wednesday.
"The support of fire fighters and this union is a proven, powerful political tool in getting laws passed and
"In these tough economic times, many fire departments are facing budget cuts that seriously jeopardize the
"Fire fighters are already working with the Obama administration and Congress to support critical legislation that ensures adequate resources and protections for first responders in the defense of their communities and our homeland."
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