WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), a leading association for the nation’s three million American citizens of Greek heritage, and Philhellenes, has released its 2008 Congressional Scorecard for the 110th Congress on issues of importance to the American Hellenic community, announced National President Ike Gulas.
Olympia Snowe (R), Barbara Mikulski (D), Robert Menendez(D), Tim Johnson (D) and Barrack Obama (D) are some of the top rated senators by AHEPA.
“This November 4, when all seats for the House of Representatives are up for election and approximately one-third of Senate seats are too, presents an opportunity for us to educate and inform the American Hellenic community on the level of commitment members of Congress have toward issues that are significant to the community,” said Gulas.
“Nothing is as important as people voting, and an educated voter is the best kind,” added U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-14-NY), co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues. “AHEPA’s scorecard is a vital tool for voters to use. This scorecard provides a clear, straightforward record of where the candidates stand on issues that are important to Greek-Americans.”
According to Gulas, through AHEPA’s grass roots network, Greek-Americans have used the scorecard to bring the issues to the attention of their representatives.
The congressional scorecard is part of AHEPA’s larger voter registration and education campaign aimed at mobilizing the American Hellenic community.
“Because the success of government depends on an engaged and educated citizenry, we are proud to provide the community with these helpful tools to become involved and to make informed decisions,” said Gulas.
“It was a pleasure to meet with Senator Biden, and we were appreciative of the opportunity given his busy schedule,” said Gulas. “We briefly touched on the foreign policy issues that are so important to our community. These are issues with which the senator has a firm understanding and he is supportive.”
Senator Biden was the 2002 recipient of AHEPA’s Pericles Award for excellence in public service.