New Jersey Students Meet Rep. Sires

New Jersey Students Meet Rep. Sires

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James Liska
June 26, 2013

Two TWC students from New Jersey had a unique chance to meet their hometown Member of Congress, Rep. Albio Sires on Wednesday, June 26th. Rep. Sires represents New Jersey's 8th Congressional District, which encompasses parts of Passaic and Essex counties. Rep. Sires hosted the students in his Rayburn House Office Building suite, where they were able to discuss several topics of importance, such as:


  • Immigration
  • Education
  • Foreign Policy (specifically issues relating to Latin America and Cuba)
  • Student Loans

Rep. Sires himself was born in Cuba, and both students at the meeting have family members who immigrated to the U.S., so immigration was an important topic discussed. The U.S. Senate is considering an immigration overhaul at the moment, and if passed, Rep. Sires may have the chance to vote on that bill that would affect many of his constituents. In addition, student loan rates are set to double (from 3.4% to 6.8%) on July 1st, provided Congress does not act. This was another important question on the minds of the students and one that is very time-sensitive.


For the students, this visit was another way to understand the role of citizen advocacy and to demonstrate how one-on-one conversation with their elected representatives can affect public policy changes at the highest level.


Students who participated in this visit included:


[View photos of the event on our Flickr channel]

Public Policy Dialogues on Capitol Hill (PPDCH), sponsored by the Verizon Foundation, provide students with the unique opportunity to meet and interact with members of the Senate or House of Representatives representing their state or congressional district. This is one component of The Washington Center's internship program.

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