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Sam Brownback links[(LA Times) GOP Senators Trying to Shape a Compromise on Immigration:][1] Facing a self-imposed Friday deadline for reaching agreement on the thorny issue of immigration, GOP senators worked Monday toward a possible compromise that would permit some (12 million) illegal immigrants to remain in the country and apply for citizenship but would deny that opportunity to others. "For some people, if you deal with the 12 million at all, people will call it amnesty," said Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) who favors both a guest-worker program and a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Brownback said senators' discussions were making progress and he was hopeful they would reach a deal. "We're on a short time frame," he said. "We've got to get this done by Friday."[(Agape Press) Commentary & News Briefs:][2] The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a new immigration reform bill; however one member of the committee, Kansas Senator Sam Brownback, says the legislation will undergo lots of tweaking. He offered an analysis of the bill shortly after its approval, saying, "I think there are a lot of good features to it. I think it is not the final deal. I do believe we've got to make reforms in the proposal." Among his criticisms, Brownback noted that the guest worker segment of the bill needs work. "I do believe that we need to create a more circular system," he says. "If people want a guest worker provision, want to come here and work and go back home afterwards, we should allow them to do that and not put them on a citizenship track."[(The Hill) Rush to return Rudy cash:][3] Thirteen House Republicans already have returned or plan to return contributions they took from lobbyist Tony Rudy, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy last week and joins former cohort Jack Abramoff as a possible witness in the government's expanding corruption probe of lawmakers and their aides. Five GOP senators received contributions from Rudy: Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), George Allen (Va.), Kit Bond (Mo.), Sam Brownback (Kan.) and Rick Santorum (Pa.). Allen donated $1,000 to Fisher House, a charity in Richmond, Va., late last year, according to his office. Brownback also has already donated his Rudy money to charity.[(Globes Online) US drug cos: Reclassify Israel, keep it out of OECD:][4] The struggle waged by Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) against and Israel and Israeli companies has sharply escalated. On Friday, PhRMA asked the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) in writing that the US administration act to keep Israel out of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). PhRMA alleges that Israel does not provide adequate intellectual property protection for US ethical pharmaceutical companies operating in the country. US Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) has already signed a letter to Portman that calls on the USTR not to reclassify Israel. Congressional sources expect more signatures.Jerry Moran links[(Wichita Eagle) Moran to lead delegation to Geneva:][5] Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Hays, will be taking a group of farm-state lawmakers to Switzerland at the end of the month as global trade negotiators try to hammer out world agriculture policy before an end-of-April deadline. The World Trade Organization is meeting in Geneva, attempting to craft the basic framework of a global free-trade accord by April 30 before reaching an overall deal by the end of this year. Moran, who heads the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, said Monday evening that he and other subcommittee members are planning to spend 2 ? days in Geneva trying to understand how trade talks are progressing and what they might mean for U.S. farmers.How to contact As always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.][6] [1]: http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-na-immig4apr04,1,211660.story?coll=la-headlines-politics [2]: http://headlines.agapepress.org/archive/4/afa/32006h.asp [3]: http://www.hillnews.com/thehill/export/TheHill/News/Frontpage/040406/news1.html [4]: http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000079614&fid=942 [5]: http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/14260239.htm [6]: http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed

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james bush 9 years, 5 months ago

President Bush should send national guard to mexico border and stop this idiocy now.

adky 9 years, 5 months ago

Send all foreigners home, legal or illegal!

KsTwister 9 years, 5 months ago

General Amnesty (Graham R-SC, Kennedy D-MA Amendment)Approved 12-5. Yesterday's Villains include Senators Arlen Specter (R-PA), Sam Brownback (R-KS), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Mike DeWine (R-OH) who joined all Democrats by voting for the most sweeping amnesty in American history. Cowardly Lion Award goes to Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) who was conveniently out of the room and did not vote. Want to Go to College? U.S. Citizens Go To The Back of The Line! Please note letters to Brownback have him beginning to change his mind....or lose his seat in the future I hope.

Mike Blur 9 years, 5 months ago

What jimincountry and others like him don't realize is that Bush encourages illegal immigration; through his guest worker program proposal illegal immigration has exploded the last two years and it props up Bush's ill-conceived economic strategies. One reason why our "economy is good" is because of guest workers--and Bush's comments since he's taken office acknowledges that fact.

I find it amazing that 'Pubs don't hold Bush accountable on this topic. Ill-informed individuals like jimincountry don't even realize how much Bush is mocking him and others like him. Bush ain't gonna do anything about this--in fact, he'd probably let in another 6-10 million illegals the next three years to get that unemployment rate down close to zero.

wreck_n_roll 9 years, 5 months ago

Go to http://www.numbersusa.com to see Brownback's voting record on immigration issues during his time in the Senate. He is a big proponent for corporations and businesses wanting cheap labor. While you are at this website, use the website's fax to send Brownback a message that you do not want an amnesty nor support Kennedy-McCain's bill.

Mike Blur 9 years, 5 months ago

I don't know if you addressed that to me, Wreck, but I won't spend my time on that site because I've never voted for Bush, Brownback or other neocons who deluded a large segment of the population into voting for them under a "moral values" agenda whilst mollycoddling Big Business.

Still waiting for 'Pub response to my post from three hours ago. On this topic, the silence from Bushinistas can be deafening.

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