Oct 14, 2008

Vote yes...

I don't live in California, but I'm so nervous about what is happening there. I think everyone needs to be informed about the issues of Proposition 8. First of all take a look at THIS. Did you know that Prop 8 affects the whole world of adoption? Did you know that Prop 8 affects your right as a parent? Did you know that Prop 8 affects our right for freedom of religion? Well it does. We feel very strongly on this issue, and decided it's time to take a stand. Zach has volunteered his time to make phone calls to the California Voters, just to inform them. If you are interested in helping make phone calls. or volunteering in other ways, you can get information RIGHT HERE. I have seen a bunch of great videos on the issue, but THIS ONE. is my favorite. So please, be informed. This is not "just" about gay marriage, this is about much much more! So Please take a stand. And just for the record, this isn't about being malicious to the gay population. We can still LOVE and respect someone, while still maintaing and advocating our own moral standards and beliefs.
Dear Holly, Thank you for contacting me about S.1738, the Combating Child Exploitation Act. I appreciated hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to respond. I share your concerns regarding child exploitation in the United States . This crime is unconscionable and devastating - not only to child victims and their families but to entire communities. Therefore, I have supported efforts in Congress to help law enforcement agencies root out, investigate, and prosecute offenders to the fullest extent possible. S.1738, the Combating Child Exploitation Act, contains provisions to further these goals by establishing a national strategy against child exploitation and increasing federal resources available to local law enforcement for combating this problem. The bill was made part of a comprehensive child protection legislative package in the Senate; it was combined with provisions of H.R.3791, the Securing Adolescents from Exploitation-Online (SAFE) Act, which would expand the requirements for electronic service providers to report on-line child pornography. In addition, the SAFE Act complements S. 1738 by closing loopholes that hinder efforts to identify and collect valuable information about suspected sex offenders. I joined a unanimous Senate in voting to pass this package on September 25. Two days later, it passed the U.S. House of Representatives, and it is now awaiting presidential approval. This legislation is expected to become law very soon. You may be interested to know that the support you and others expressed for S.1738 was a factor in overcoming the partisan gridlock that had threatened to stop its progress through the legislative process. I hope you will continue to share your views on pending issues and bills with the Idaho Congressional Delegation in the future.