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Members of Congress are joining with the deaf community to bring more deaf interns and staffers to Capitol Hill.

In February, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and ranking member Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., began monthly lectures that educate senators and their staffs about deaf culture and teach basic phrases in American Sign Language. The Congressional Deaf Caucus in the House is working to raise awareness with members of Congress who represent the nation’s 63 residential schools for the deaf, and encouraging those offices to hire deaf interns and staffers.

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