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[VA residents]Please Contact Senator Warner and ask him to save the Close Up fellowship program
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Disappointingly, Sen. Warner has introduced an amendment that would remove Federal funding for the Close Up Foundation's fellowship program. This relatively small amount of money (less than $2M) allows us to bring economically disadvantaged students on program. Our programs change the lives of these students, inspiring them to get involved in government and public service. If you're a Virginia resident, please contact Senator Warner and ask him to withdraw his amendment and support the Foundation. Thank you.



Senator Warner of Virginia has proposed legislation that would eliminate the Close Up Fellowship Program. He characterizes the Close Up Fellowship Program as “outdated, ineffective or duplicative”

The basis of Senator Warner’s conclusion is that “budget experts” in the Bush and Obama Administrations have sought to terminate funding. See his press release at http://warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Blog&ContentRecord_id=c3ed18ad-4c3b-43e8-8767-e3ebc9661fc3.

Tell Senator Warner the Close Up Fellowship Program is a very effective use of government dollars. Last year, the $1.942 million provided funding for 1,700 economically disadvantaged students to participate on Close Up Washington civic education programs. The funding ensures that every student, no matter their family income level, has an opportunity to come to Washington for a life transforming experience. Furthermore, the Close Up Fellowship Program helps the Close Up Foundation pump more than $20 million in the Virginia economy each year.

Call Senator Warner at 202/224-2023 or email him at http://warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Contact. Tell Senator Warner that you oppose his Amendment 4368 to the Tax Extenders Bill and that he should support Close Up and our civic education mission.

Close Up Fellowship Program is authorized under Section 1504 of the No Child Left Behind Act to provide financial assistance for economically disadvantaged middle school and high school students and their teachers to attend Close Up Washington civic education programs. It has been authorized in elementary and secondary education legislation for almost forty years.


The goal of Close Up Washington civic education programs is to educate and inspire young people to become informed and engaged citizens. The programs are designed to increase civic responsibility among young people and enhance their understanding of the federal Government.
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Every penny of the federal funds provided to the Close Up Fellowship Program pays the tuition costs of economically disadvantaged students and their teachers to participate on week-long Close Up Washington civic education programs.


Each year Close Up Fellowship Program funds enable over 1,700 economically disadvantaged students to attend week-long Close Up Washington civic education programs.


The Close Up Fellowship Program enriches the diversity of the student population on Close Up program. The fellowship program, therefore, is of benefit not only to the fellowship recipients but to all of the 16,000 students who annually participate on Close Up Washington civic education programs.


While federal funding represents a small portion of Close Up Foundation revenue, it is a critical portion that permits us to a great number of economically disadvantaged students.


While $1.942 million, the amount of the FY10 appropriation, will not make an impact on the federal deficit, there is no better investment that the federal government can make in our nation’s future than building educated and responsible citizens, one person at a time. It is imperative that we provide economically disadvantaged motivated young people with the opportunity to come to Washington and learn by directly interacting with their democratic government.

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I will friend you back!

I hope you are successful in keeping this program going! My hopes are with you.

Done. (I have Warner and Webb on speed dial.) I'd urge everyone to call, not just VA residents, since the whole Senate will vote on this and it serves kids from all over.

I'd suggest calling Webb, too, since he's more likely to be convinced to vote against it than Warner is to be convinced to oppose his own baby.

Warner is better than the alternative, but he's been pissing me off a lot lately, since he's been big into the nonsense that it's more important to cut spending right now than to get the economy moving so increased revenue will reduce the deficit. It seems like he made his reputation by pushing through tough budget work, and is determined to continue in that vein, while refusing to learn that the role of the federal budget is very different from state budgets (not to mention the general obnoxiousness of being "fiscally tough" by cutting programs that don't have much political cost while leaving military spending off the table.)

Also, if people want to see the actual text of the amendment before calling (which I always like to do, just to make sure I'm not one of those uninformed complainers), it's here (scroll down to 4368.)

I'd suggest calling Webb, too, since he's more likely to be convinced to vote against it than Warner is to be convinced to oppose his own baby.

Good idea. Thanks. Done.

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