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Training for Realtime Writers Act gains first sponsor in U.S. House of Representatives

NCRA Government Relations is proud to announce that Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, II of Missouri will serve as the first sponsor of the Training for Realtime Writers Act in the 118th Congress. The bill seeks to appropriate funds to accredited court reporting and captioning programs for the recruitment and training of new captioners. This comes just two weeks after the 2023 NCRA Leadership & Legislative Boot Camp where NCRA Executive Director Dave Wenhold, CAE, PLC, and Jocelynn A. Moore, Esq., NCRA’s Director of Government Relations, led a three-day immersive hands-on seminar for training members to advocate for the court reporting, captioning, scoping, legal videography, and associated legal professions at the national, state, and local levels.

After announcing the sponsorship, NCRA’s Director of Government Relations Jocelynn A. Moore, Esq., added “After meeting with Rep. Cleaver’s amazing staff, I am confident that the Congressman is passionate about protecting the court reporting and captioning professions and dedicated to ensuring that the deaf and Hard-of-Hearing communities receive equal access to communication through captioning services. We are eagerly looking forward to working with the Congressman and his incredible staff on the reintroduction of this legislation.”

Moore went on to praise the Boot Camp attendees who spearheaded this effort, who conducted a drop-in visit to the Congressman’s office after learning of the strategy at Boot Camp. “One of those impromptu meetings by our Missouri and Kansas group, which consisted of NCRA Secretary-Treasurer Cindy L. Isaacsen, RPR; Susan M. Fiala, RPR; Brandy S. Sayre; Annie S. States; and Christina Yates, RPR, was so instrumental that it resulted in the sponsorship and reintroduction of the Training for Realtime Writers Act by NCRA’s newest legislative champion, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, II. We had a primary goal on Hill Day — to attain a new sponsor for NCRA’s standalone bill — and our Missouri and Kansas group were able to get the job done!” Moore concluded.