A couple weeks ago I asked for your help on behalf of a friend. At the time, the important next step was securing a couple Republican co-sponsors for the legislation introduced by Sen. Schumer. Many of you called Sen. Brown's office, as he'd indicated he was open to the idea.
Great news: Sen. Brown is indeed a co-sponsor of the bill, and though a hold had been placed on the legislation, a compromise was reached and the bill appears ready to move ahead. The bill is now moving forward, and appears likely to be passed.
Thanks to all of you for your help.