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Brownback ready for filibuster

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Sam Brownback links[(LifeNews.com) Senate Still Primed for Fierce Embryonic Stem Cell Research Debate:][1] The Senate is primed and ready for what will likely be an intense debate on the issue of embryonic stem cell research. The House has already approved a bill that would overturn President Bush's limits of using taxpayer dollars to fund the destructive research and the Senate could vote in May or June before it has its summer recess. Kansas Republican Senator Sam Brownback, a leading pro-life lawmaker, said he thinks he has enough votes to uphold a filibuster against a bill to overturn Bush's limits. "These are the ones you just have to state a truth and stand by it,'' he told Bloomberg News. "It's human life. And I mean, that has to be stood up for.''[(Slate.com) What's really happening in Washington this week:][2] With the Senate's immigration debate ongoing, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce picked a good time to hold its annual legislative conference in Washington. Today, the group will hear from Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., a presidential prospect.[(AP) Brownback Addresses GOP:][3] Kansas Senator Sam Brownback says Republicans need to support initiatives to help strengthen families. One thing Brownback wants is a federal constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Brownback spoke today to the North Dakota Republican state convention in Minot. [(Time Magazine) How Kennedy Got His Way:][4] After efforts at reform in 1986, 1990 and 2001, Kennedy saw his latest chance when Bush, at the start of his second term, expressed interest in revolutionizing immigration policy. Before the 2004 election, Kennedy and Republican Senator John McCain agreed to combine competing bills, and last May they came to terms that included a path to citizenship for most illegal immigrants. Kennedy spent the next 10 months building support. In the end, two Senators proved crucial: Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California and Republican Sam Brownback of Kansas. Both faced immigrant-hostile constituents but also pressure from the agriculture industry to legalize a huge portion of its workforce.Pat Roberts links[(Washington Times) Kennedy Center hoedown:][5] City suits met cowboy boots at "The Country Salutes Country" concert at the Kennedy Center Friday evening, part of the institution's three-week program devoted to a national celebration of that indigenous American art form presented in partnership with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Guests included a tall man who kept his cowboy hat on throughout dinner. Later he explained straight-faced that he did so because he was "folliclely challenged" -- i.e. bald -- and said jokingly that his identity was "classified." It was Sen. Pat Roberts, Kansas Republican, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, who received a special mention on stage later from veteran performer Ray Price, who dedicated a song to him.How to contact As always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.][6] [1]: http://www.lifenews.com/bio1430.html [2]: http://www.slate.com/id/2139161/ [3]: http://www.kxmc.com/news/local.asp?ID=4968 [4]: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1179383,00.html [5]: http://washingtontimes.com/entertainment/20060402-112829-8289r.htm [6]: http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed

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Alice Lieberman 8 years, 8 months ago

"The House has already approved a bill that would overturn President Bush's limits of using taxpayer dollars to fund the DESTRUCTIVE [capitals added] research...."

Is this a news piece or an editorial?

norsk_reporter 8 years, 8 months ago

Seems funny that, correct me if I'm wrong here, Brownback wants to use a filibuster to further his own cause after he previously voted to abolish filibusters.

james dick 8 years, 8 months ago

I hope Brownback hears the voices of those Kansans such as myself. We must find a way to make the millions of illegal folks legal and set forth a path for them to becoming citizens.

We must come down hard on employers who cheat illegals.

rhd99 8 years, 8 months ago

Bring it on, Brownback! It's your political funeral. Thanks to you & others who are against stem cell research, President Reagan's alzheimers disease ate him UP!

brianjay1 8 years, 8 months ago

Their is no cures attribuited to stem cells from fetuses and adult stem cells have produced large strides. Has society become so impatient that we are willing to destroy a life just so we can "have a cell that we can coax to grow the way we want it to" instead of working with the millions of adult cells that are not harming anyone to use? Perspective seems to lack so frequently. Fastest solutions to problems don't lead to the most well thought out solutions.

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