|ITíS THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR: AUGUST RECESS!
Time to pay a visit to your Congressmen at home and tell them what you think!
The summer recess has officially begun on Capitol Hill, which means all Members of Congress have returned home for the entire month of August! Not only does this signal a month of two-hour lunch breaks for congressional staffers, but it also creates a great opportunity for YOU to make a few visits to your elected officialsí district offices and to attend a few town meetings to let them know what you think of their performances, and most importantly, what you expect of them when they return to Washington, D.C. in September.
So far during the 1st session of the 110th Congress, there have been a number of important conservative victories, specifically with regard to illegal immigration and border security:
- The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (S. 1639), or better known as the Kyl-Kennedy amnesty bill, which would have granted legal status to an estimated 20 million illegal immigrants in the U.S., died in the Senate after three weeks of debate when it failed to gain cloture on the motion to proceed to final passage. The bill failed by a vote of 53 to 46.
- Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) offered an amendment to the FY2008 Transportations Appropriations bill (H.R. 3074) to prohibit the use of funds to participate in a working group pursuant to the Security & Prosperity Partnership (SPP), including the creating of the NAFTA Super Highway. The amendment passed overwhelmingly by a vote of 362 to 63.
- Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) offered an amendment to the 2008 Dept. of Labor, Health & Human Services & Education Appropriations bill (H.R. 3043) to prohibit the use of funds by the SSA to administer Social Security benefit payments, under any agreement between the U.S. and Mexico establishing totalization arrangements between the two countries. The amendment passed by a vote of 254 to 168.
- The U.S. Border Patrol Guard Case has recently gained increased attention on Capitol Hill. On July 17th, the Senate held a hearing to further investigate the case of convicted border agents, Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, where U.S. Prosecutor Johnny Sutton testified. The House held its own hearing to examine the case on July 31st. In addition to these hearings, Rep. Duncan Hunter has introduced a bill (H.R. 563) which would express the sense of Congress that the border agents should be pardoned. That bill currently has over 100 cosponsors.
To arm yourself with a complete list of pro-family wins and losses during this Congress, click here (PDF file). Know where your elected officials stood on these issues and tell them what you think of the job they are doing!
Call your officialsí district offices to voice your opinion, to schedule a visit, and to find out whether town meetings will be held during the month of August!
Call Your Members of Congress in their Districts Today!