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Western Salvation Army delegate attends US Senate leadership summit for young professionals.


Jonathan Cederberg, fundraising coordinator for the Idaho Falls Corps, recently attended the Senate Leadership Summit for Young Professionals in Washington D.C. Cederberg was nominated by Senator Larry Craig to attend this high-level conference. The two-day summit provided a forum for 300 of the nation’s best and brightest young professionals to discuss a range of legislative issues with senior members of Congress and nationally recognized policy experts.

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (Texas), chair of the summit said, “Bringing together young leaders and our federal officials for an open discussion and exchange of ideas is vital to our nation’s continuing efforts to address issues affecting our families, communities, and nation.”

Senate Majority Leader William H. Frist, M.D. (Tenn.) welcomed the delegates. Hutchison updated participants on Congress’s accomplishments this session and briefed them on the legislative agenda. Senator Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) spoke on protecting America’s competitive edge, Senator John Sununu (N.H.) outlined options for financial security, Senator John Thune (S.Dak.) shared ideas on increasing small business growth, and Senator Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) discussed access to affordable, innovative health care. Participants engaged in question and answer sessions following each panel.

Speakers included US Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao, who gave the afternoon keynote address; Dr. Mark McClellan, administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, US Department of Health and Human Services; and Carly Fiorina, former chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard Company.

“It was a tremendous privilege to be nominated and invited to attend the US Senate Leadership Summit,” said Cederberg. “It was an honor to be asked to examine, with our elected officials, policy issues facing our country including healthcare, competitive jobs, education, and building strong communities.”

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