It turned out that funding had been cut in the house

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It turned out that funding had been cut in the House, but the bill had not yet been voted on in the Senate. Representative Hamilton from their district had opposed the cut in the House, but she was in the minority. “Okay, class,” said Mrs. Madison. “We’ve learned a lot about this situation. What do we do next?” “Do you mean we might still be able to save the funding in the Senate?” Shane asked hopefully. “It sure looks that way,” said Mrs. Madison. Shane’s friend Vallerie suggested that they write a letter from the entire class to Representative Hamilton and the two senators from their state, Senator Jay and Senator Franklin. Shane typed the letter, and Mrs. Madison helped the class formulate their ideas and arguments. Before class was over, they finished the letter and printed it. The entire class signed it. Knowing the debate was just a few days away, they decided to send the message electronically by email. But the dramatic impact of all the student signatures wouldn’t come through that way, so everyone chipped in their pocket change and Mrs. Madison sent the letter by Federal Express to the offices of all three members of Congress. The next day during her second period preparation hour, Mrs. Madison got a call from Senator Franklin’s office. He had received the letter from the class and wanted to assure them he would do everything he could to restore the funding. When Mrs. Madison told her third period class about the phone call, they were ecstatic. “Now we wait and see what happens,” she told them. That night, a new record was set in Pleasant Valley. More high school students watched C-SPAN that night than ever before. But they were disappointed because no Senate vote was taken that night. Shane was finishing up his homework when the phone rang. His mom answered it. Shane could tell as the conversation progressed that they were talking about him. “Tomorrow? He has school. . .” “Well, okay, if you think it will really help. What time would he need to be at the airport?” “Okay, well here he is.” Shane took the phone from his mom. “Hello?” “Hello, Shane. This is Senator Franklin. I want you to fly to Washington in the morning so that you can be in the Senate gallery when we debate funding for the after-school programs tomorrow. I plan to give a speech on the Senate floor, and I’d like you to stand for a minute while I talk about the impact of the program on your life. Would you be willing to do that?”
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“Absolutely!” Shane almost shouted. His heart was pounding. “Do you think it will work?” “I think it will,” said the senator. “If possible, I’d like your mother to accompany you.” Shane handed the phone back to his mother to make the travel arrangements. The next day they flew to Washington, DC, and witnessed Senator Franklin’s speech. The Senate voted overwhelmingly in support of Senator Franklin’s amendment restoring funding for after-school programs like the one Shane participated in.
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