10 January, 2007
The new heads of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), respectively, received last week the personal congratulations of members of the leadership of the Coordinated Effort of Hellenes (CEH). These CEH leaders included Andrew A. Athens, Philip Christopher, Andy Manatos, Panicos Papanicolaou, Nikos Mouyiaris and Mike Manatos.
As well, CEH leaders held discussions with some of the most influential Senators and Members of Congress for Hellenic and Orthodox matters, including: the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Joe Biden (D-DE); the Chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, Congressman David Obey (D-WI); the Ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL); Senate Foreign Relations Committee member, Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ); House International Relations Committee member, Congressman Russ Carnahan (D-MO); as well as the House Majority Leader, Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD).
These leaders also had meetings with some of the top advocates for Hellenic issues in the U.S. Congress, including: Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME); the co-chairs of the Hellenic Caucus, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL); as well as Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D-NV) and Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD).
CEH leaders also held discussions with the Ambassador of Greece to the United States Alexandros Mallias and the Ambassador of Cyprus to the United States Andreas Kakouris, who also met with significant Senators and Members.
Source: Athens News Agency