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The Schiavo aftermath


Sam Brownback links [(AgapePress) Cloning Ban:][1] After dealing with the Terri Schiavo case -- or not dealing with it, depending on one's interpretation -- Congress is once again about to be faced with the life issue from another angle. Another bill has been introduced in Congress that would ban all forms of human cloning. ... The bill, introduced in the Senate by Sam Brownback and Mary Landrieu and in the House by Dave Weldon and Bart Stupak, will be debated later in this session. [(Associated Press) Congress takes a look at disabled rights:][2] Legislatively, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, an advocate for the disabled, is working on a bill to provide for additional federal court review in cases where the wishes of the incapacitated person are not known and there is a dispute among family members. ... Andrew Imparato, president of the American Association of People with Disabilities, said he was pleased that Harkin, one of the more liberal members of the Senate, might work with conservatives such as Sens. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., and Mel Martinez, R-Fla., to come up with legislation that would be acceptable across the political spectrum. [(Wichita Eagle) Whirlwind campaign:][3] If you have not yet heard an ad, seen a yard sign or received a phone call about the proposed amendment to ban same-sex marriages and civil unions, that's about to change. ... In the Topeka market, radio spots feature U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback talking about "activist" judges who are attempting to "redefine marriage."[(The New Vision/Uganda) America against 3rd term:][4] Lifting term limits for President Yoweri Museveni to stand again will be a setback to Uganda's democratisation, the United States government has said. ... (A report to Congress) said US ambassador Jimmy Kolker held meetings with Museveni specifically to discuss constitutional issues and corruption. It said two visiting US senators, Mary Landrieu and Sam Brownback, also raised "many of these issues with President Museveni and cabinet-level officials." Pat Roberts links [(Topeka Capital-Journal) State bases assessed:][5] U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts on Tuesday said Kansas' four military installations shouldn't fear an impending round of base closures by the Department of Defense. "Overall, I think Kansas is in a good position," the two-term senator told The Topeka Capital-Journal editorial board. Jim Ryun links [(Topeka Capital-Journal) Solutions discussed:][6] Kansans shared their frustrations and fears over the future of Social Security during a town hall meeting Tuesday with Rep. Jim Ryun, R-Kan., and James Lockhart III, deputy commissioner of the Social Security Administration. ... Of personal savings accounts, Ryun said: "I have not endorsed this, but I recognize it as part of the solution. It would allow that money to grow at a faster rate over a longer period of time and, therefore, provide a greater retirement."How to contact As always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.][7] [1]: http://headlines.agapepress.org/archive/3/292005a.asp [2]: http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/news/11252960.htm [3]: http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/news/11263626.htm [4]: http://www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/12/426159 [5]: http://cjonline.com/stories/033005/loc_roberts.shtml [6]: http://cjonline.com/stories/033005/bus_socsecurity.shtml [7]: http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed


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