Hasher Nisar, FBLA Eastern Region Vice President
It was July 21st. The temperature was 110 degrees outside. It was 2:15 PM. I’m running down Independence Avenue looking for Cannon Building. Cannon Building is where I had to meet with Congressman Murphy and his aide at 2:30 PM. I was supposed to take the underground shuttle but the security guard, from whom I was getting directions, said I could not take the shuttle as I was not a member of the staff. Wonderful. He told me that I had to exit the building, go straight down Constitution Avenue, take the first left, then take a right on Independence Avenue, and I would see Cannon Building. Well, I was on Independence Avenue and I didn’t see Cannon Building. I wish he had told me whether it was on my right or left. I sat down on a bench to catch my breath. It was hot. I look up right across the street and I saw a sign. In small letters it said, “Cannon Building.” Yes! I found it. I crossed the street and entered the building. After going through security, I asked the lady how I would get to Room 412. She told me to take the elevator to the fourth floor. I was amazed by how nice the elevator was, but then I saw a sign, “MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ONLY.” I pretended as I had seen no sign.
Once I found Congressman Murphy’s office, I asked for Linda Forman. They told me to take a seat and she would be right with me. I was exhausted, but happy that I was in an air-conditioned room. Ms. Forman approached me after five minutes and told me that in order for me to meet Congressman Murphy, we would have to go to the House Chamber because he was voting. Once again, I was taking elevators, going through security, and all along I was telling Ms. Forman about FBLA. We were in the outside hall when she told me, “This is something people don’t get to see in person. Right now, no one except Congressmen and their aides, if needed, can be here.” I said, “Wow.” And just as I said that Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi walked right by me. My jaw dropped open. I asked Ms. Forman, “Did I…did I just…just see Congresswoman Pelosi?” Ms. Forman replied, “Yes, you did.”
Hasher Nisar with Congressman Chris Murphy (5th District-CT)
I was surrounded by Congressmen and Congresswomen. Some were entering the chamber while others were talking in the hall. Ms. Forman and I sat down in the Rayburn Room waiting for Congressman Murphy to finish voting. After he was done, he came and sat down with us. I had met Congressman Murphy on several other occasions and he remembered me as I had also volunteered for his campaign. He said, “I want to take you with me to a Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing. I have to introduce an amendment. Do you have time?” I said, “Yes, I do.” As we were walking to the hearing, we talked about Perkins Funding. I told him about FBLA, why it was important to me, and why Perkins Funding was important to FBLA. He completely understood where I was coming from and he also doesn’t want to see Perkins Funding get cut, but he said that these times were difficult and some difficult decisions would have to be made. He said, “We are literally fighting for our lives right now.”
I sat in on the Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing for about 30 minutes. I had to leave because the National Officer Team was scheduled to go to the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing. I thanked Ms. Forman for giving me the opportunity to meet with Congressman Murphy and I gave her a folder with FBLA literature, if Congressman Murphy wanted to look over it.
As I left, I realized something. As an FBLA National Officer, I want to see Congressman Murphy show full support for Perkins Funding. There might be someone else who wants to see him show support for another legislative bill. He has to listen to all the people in his district because that is his job. He has to listen to the issues people are facing in his district because they elected him. He has to take their voice to Congress and lead them. He has to make them believe and hope in a brighter future for the United States. I thought about it for a moment. That is why I was elected. 39,693 members of the Eastern Region believed in me. They entrusted in me their support. They believed that I could lead the Eastern Region. I have left National Officer Training with a renewed sense of leadership. I hope that I live up to the expectations of the Eastern Region members.