On the first day of the 112th Congress, I joined ONE members from across the US on Capitol Hill. I traveled from Pennsylvania with ONE Regional Field Director Brian Sweeney in hopes of congratulating newly-elected Senator Pat Toomey on behalf of Pennsylvania’s 71,976 ONE members and to thank him for taking time to talk to us and other Pennsylvania ONE members during his campaign. Both Brian and I were prepared for the reality that meeting with the senator would be difficult — perhaps even impossible — on such a busy day. The two events scheduled for the senator to receive guests were both expecting full-capacity crowds. We knew, however, that it was worth the extra effort to speak with Senator Toomey about his opportunity to make a difference for the poorest people in the world.
Meeting Senator Toomey on his first day in office turned out to be much easier than we could have imagined. We stopped by the senator’s office to offer congratulations and drop off some information about ONE. Fortunately, Senator Toomey was in the office with his family as he prepared to be sworn in. He saw us in the office and graciously stopped to say hello. We spoke with him about the conversation we had on the campaign trail, congratulated him and thanked him for taking time for ONE.
Having accomplished more than I expected, we were also excited to have extra time to visit the office of Pennsylvania’s senior Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. After speaking with Senator Casey’s staff about his leadership on issues important to ONE members, I was surprised when Senator Casey came out of a meeting room and immediately invited us to walk with him on his way to the Senate chamber! We spoke at length about Casey’s leadership on issues important to ONE members and our commitment to help create the political will to make such leadership succeed. Senator Casey recognized the vital work that ONE members are doing in the fight against extreme poverty and pledged his continued leadership.