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Pat Roberts links [(Washington Post editorial) More Excuses:][1] "Meanwhile, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) continues to refuse a request by Democratic senators for an investigation into credible reports of torture, abuse and homicide by the CIA in a clandestine network of overseas prisons, a scandal for which there has been no public accounting, much less accountability. Willingly or not, congressional Republicans are identifying themselves as a party ready to accept systematic American violations of human rights."[(Sacramento Bee editorial) Glass Houses:][2] "On Capitol Hill, Sen. Pat Roberts, the Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has rejected a proposal by the Democratic vice chairman, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, to launch a broad probe into the role of U.S. intelligence agencies in the detention, interrogation and "rendition" - transferring to the custody of foreign governments - of terror suspects. This standoff suggests a partisan approach to a vital national security matter."Sam Brownback links [(The Weekly Standard)Time to Take Saudi Arabia Seriously:][2] "15 Senators from both sides of the aisle sent a letter to Secretary Condoleezza Rice last Friday demanding that the U.S.-Saudi relationship be 'defined more clearly.' The signatories were: Charles Schumer (D-New York), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Evan Bayh (D-Indiana), Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia), Gordon Smith (R-Oregon), Sam Brownback (R-Kentucky), John Ensign (R-Nevada), Frank Lautenberg (D-New Jersey), Norm Coleman (R-Minnesota), Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), Christopher Dodd (D-Connecticut), Herb Kohl (D-Wisconsin), Ben Nelson (D-Nebraska), Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota), and Rick Santorum (R-Pennsylvania)." [(The Conservative Voice) New Bill Can Save Terri's Life:][3] "At a March 10 press conference, Republican Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas joined with representatives from such groups as Focus on the Family, the National Right to Life Committee, Concerned Women for America, the National Spinal Cord Injury Association, and the Family Research Council, in urging support for the Incapacitated Persons Legal Protection Act. These leaders and organizations are among the many pro-life advocates that have forged an outspoken activist coalition bent on preventing Terri Schiavo's court-ordered starvation."[(Press release) National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month:][4] "Joel Siegel, Film Critic for ABC's Good Morning America, will testify before a Senate Cancer Coalition hearing -- co-chaired by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Sam Brownback (R-KS) -- on Capitol Hill on March 16."Dennis Moore links [(KC Star)Critics assail cuts in federal grants:][5] "The federal block grant program, Moore said, is the most reliable source of federal funding for programs that address the social, economic and environmental problems that affect communities.'In Johnson County it supports neighborhood redevelopment, assisted in construction of a hotel, helped individuals with developmental disabilities and restored a community structure into a library,' Moore said."Jim Ryun links [(New York Daily News) Former agent details steroid probe:][6] "Steroids, it has been widely reported, have serious health consequences. Just last week, at a congressional hearing, three-time Olympian Jim Ryun - now a representative from Kansas - told his colleagues that steroids have been linked to liver tumors, cancer, jaundice, fluid retention, high-blood pressure, severe acne and kidney tumors - among other problems."Jerry Moran links [(USA Today) Congress mulls cutting food aid rather than farm subsidies:][2] "Cuts in food programs for the poor are getting support in Congress as an alternative to President Bush's idea of slicing billions of dollars from the payments that go to large farm operations. Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., said food stamps are vital to many Americans, 'but like all government programs, there are ways to save money.'"Todd Tiahrt links [(Wichita Business Journal) Boeing CEO choice will impact company's reputation, stability:][7] "Even in the nation's capitol, where Boeing's ethical problems disrupted the company's military business, Stonecipher's resignation shows the company is serious about reform. 'In Washington, the only currency is your word,' says Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan. 'If your word isn't any good, then you know you don't get much progress.'"How to contact As always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.][8] [1]: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A30319-2005Mar12.html [2]: http://www.some-web-page.com [3]: http://www.theconservativevoice.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=3767 [4]: http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/050314/sfm148_2.html [5]: http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/local/11115860.htm [6]: http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/sports/11130789.htm [7]: http://msnbc.msn.com/id/7177823/ [8]: http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed


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