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Janet Jackson figures to be at the center of U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback's activities today in Washington D.C.Brownback will take part today in a press conference announcing the results of a new national survey from Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.According to [News-Medical.Net,][1] "A majority of parents say they are 'very' concerned about the amount of sex (60 percent) and violence (53 percent) their children are exposed to on TV, according to a new national survey of parents released today by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation ."And after being read arguments on both sides of the issue, nearly two-thirds of parents (63 percent) say they favor new regulations to limit the amount of sex and violence in TV shows during the early evening hours, when children are most likely to be watching (35 percent are opposed). "One specific incident that sparked a great deal of controversy -- the Janet Jackson incident at this year's Super Bowl -- was of less concern to parents with only 17 percent 'very' concerned about the impact of the incident on their children. "The survey -- Parents, Media, and Public Policy -- is being released at a briefing that includes Senator Sam Brownback, FCC Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy, former Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association Jack Valenti, Senior Vice President at News Corporation Ellen Agress, and Director of the Children & the Media Program at Children Now Patti Miller."[The Hill][2] reports that work on a bill to crack down on televised indecency is nearing completion. Brownback is at the center of that action."House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Joe Barton (R-Texas) yesterday said that the bill, which has been languishing in conference for weeks, will probably reach the president's desk soon. "In a teleconference with reporters, Barton said, 'We think we have a deal : that will be announced publicly soon.'"The indecency bill, which has been attached to the Department of Defense authorization measure, moved quickly through Congress after Janet Jackson's breast was bared during this year's Super Bowl halftime show. "Barton said Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), who crafted the Senate bill, has been pushing for the bill to be signed into law before the election. He added that Brownback is not a conferee on the defense authorization bill but has been tasked by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and John Warner (R-Va.) to negotiate the indecency provisions with House lawmakers."Moran defends voteAfter weeks of speculation that he is the "fourth-term Representative from a solidly Republican district" castigated in House Speaker Denny Hastert's new book, U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran today defends himself in the [Wichita Eagle.][3]More specifically, he defends his vote last year against legislation to create a Medicare prescription drug benefit."During my eight years as a state senator in Topeka, and in the eight years I have had the honor to represent Kansans in the U.S. House of Representatives, I have never been under such pressure to vote contrary to what I thought was right as I was with this vote. The way I was being pressured to vote was not in the best interest of the folks back in Kansas, nor was it good for our country. "I do believe Medicare should provide a prescription drug benefit for senior citizens, especially for those who could not otherwise afford their medicines. This is an important issue to me; I believe that the cost of health care and prescription drugs remains the top issue facing our country. "However, the bill that Congress approved fell short. My greatest concern is that it does nothing to reduce the price of prescription drugs, instead forcing taxpayers to pick up the tab. The prescription drug plan may bankrupt the Medicare trust fund and reduce the chances that hospitals, doctors, nursing homes and home health care services will remain viable, especially in rural communities across our state."As for whether he ducked Hastert on the issue, Moran adds: "I met with House leaders, including House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., prior to the vote and informed them of my intention to vote no. ... I have never ducked tough issues, and I make decisions every day on what I think is in the best interests of the citizens of Kansas who elected me to work on their behalf."Other links today:Pat Roberts links[Developer's top lawyer says key Sunflower agreements near][4] [National Grain Sorghum Producers applaud U.S. Senate action on emergency aid][5]Dennis Moore-Kris Kobach links[VFW endorses Moore as Kobach criticizes record][6] [House Dems set out 'Six Core Values' for unified 2004 campaign message][7] [Kris Kobach loads up with anti-immigration ammo][8]Jim Ryun-Nancy Boyda links[Firms asked to reveal military sales practices][9] [GOP pokes fun at Boyda's residency][10]How to contactAs always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.][11] [1]: http://www.news-medical.net/?id=5007 [2]: http://www.thehill.com/news/092304/indecency.aspx [3]: http://www.kansas.com/mld/eagle/news/editorial/9733373.htm [4]: http://www.desotoexplorer.com/section/news/story/3631 [5]: http://www.maryvilledailyforum.com/articles/2004/09/22/news/news4.txt [6]: http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/local/9725629.htm [7]: http://www.thehill.com/news/092304/democrats.aspx [8]: http://www.pitch.com/issues/2004-09-23/stline.html [9]: http://www.ljworld.com/section/stateregional/story/182271 [10]: http://www.ljworld.com/section/stateregional/story/182272 [11]: http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed

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