Hello everybody! I hope everyone is doing well with their internship! It is my third week here in DC and I am definitely enjoying being back here. It has been about four years since I left DC for San Diego, California. Even though I miss some things back home, it is wonderful being around old friends and the weather hasn’t been too hot… so far. The highlight of my weekend was going to Haines Point with some friends on Saturday. They have a large community pool there and I recommend you guys to check it out sometime during this summer, especially when it gets hotter in July.
I am enjoying my time working here on the Hill with Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers and her lovely staff. Seriously, the staff I work with are really amazing and very helpful. My boss, Dr. Summar has me working with disability issues, specifically with the reauthorization of Rehabilitation Act of 1973. I’ve been researching and meeting people who have in-depth knowledge about these issues. I had the honor to meet with Mrs. Madeleine Will, Mr. Andy Imparato and Mr. Neil Romano last week. I was amazed with the helpful information they gave me and it will definitely help with my project. I was really excited about meeting the former CEO of AAPD, Mr. Imparato and it was a nice surprise to have Ms. Zoe Gross involved with our meeting. (Zoe is an AAPD intern for Senator Harkin who Mr. Imparato works for.) Mr. Imparato is such a prominent figure on the Hill and he practically knows everybody! It was cool meeting them and I hope we will meet again soon!
I’m looking forward to this Friday because I will be attending the Congress Research Service Institute’s, “Congress: An introduction to Process and Resources.” This is an all-day program that is designed for people like me who seek a better understanding of the legislative process and the resources available to monitor it. It should be an interesting day! I will let you guys know how it goes next week. Have a wonderful week everybody!