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A deadly day


"As the U.S. military sustained its deadliest day since the Iraq war began, members of Congress expressed sadness and division over how the United States should proceed," reports [The Associated Press.][1]'''Our hearts go out, our prayers to the lost soldiers and those that continue to be in harm's way as we seek democracy and liberty and freedom for the people of Iraq,'' said Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan. "Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Intelligence Committee chairman, said Iraq must press ahead with elections and U.S. troops must continue training Iraqi security forces so Americans can come home. '''I wish it would happen tomorrow, but that's just not feasible right now,'' Roberts said."Also Wednesday, Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan., was named to the House Intelligence Committee. He joins Roberts in helping oversee the nation's spy capabilities."Sen. Roberts is a great chairman, and I look forward to working with him to promote communication between the House and Senate committees," Tiahrt told [The Associated Press.][2]Abortion Sen. Brownback on Wednesday announced he will file "The Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act," which mandates that abortion doctors tell their patients that fetuses might feel pain.Not a lot of news coverage on this, but dueling press releases [here,][3] [here,][4] and coverage by The Christian Post is [here.][5]Heritage bill "Aiming to promote tourism in northeast Kansas, the state's congressional delegation last year introduced legislation to make Lawrence and the surrounding region a 'National Heritage Area' based on the area's 'Bleeding Kansas' history," reports [The Lawrence Journal-World.][6] "Wednesday, Sens. Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts jointly announced that they were refiling the legislation -- with hopes Congress will give it better treatment this time." Sam Brownback links [Brownback Decency:][7] "Senator Sam Brownback wants to raise the possible penalties for radio and TV stations that violate federal decency rules," reports WIBW. "The Kansas Republican is co-sponsoring a bill with Connecticut Democrat Joe Lieberman that increases existing fines ten-fold. Twenty other senators, including Kansas Republican Pat Roberts, have added their names to the legislation introduced Wednesday." How to contact As always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.][8] [1]: http://www.boston.com/dailynews/026/wash/Congress_expresses_sadness_div:.shtml [2]: http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/local/10740959.htm [3]: http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=42188 [4]: http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=42179 [5]: http://www.christianpost.com/article/society/1349/section/unborn.child.pain.awareness.act.introduced.in.congress/1.htm [6]: http://www.ljworld.com/section/citynews/story/194496 [7]: http://www.wibw.com/home/headlines/1368956.html [8]: http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed


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