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Brownback speaks against over-the-counter "Plan B"
Sam Brownback[(National Review commentary) The Real Good News on Stem Cells:] Also last month, the Senate passed a bill that would provide funds for research that sought the same kinds of cells now derived from human embryos, but without requiring the use of such embryos. Support for this bill came from both parties and from across the ideological spectrum from Sam Brownback to Edward Kennedy. The vote was unanimous. It garnered a large majority in the House too, but (due to the spite and deceptive last-minute tactics of a small minority of House members) not the two thirds needed to pass it under the governing rule.[(Human Events commentary) Bush Backs Over-the-Counter Sale of Abortion Drug:] Sen. Sam Brownback (R.-Kans.) expressed similar disapproval with the President's remarks. He said, "I am deeply disappointed that the administration would allow over-the-counter access to Plan B. I am saddened at any step that increases the number of abortions and increases the loss of life. It is reckless to allow an overdose of a prescription drug to be offered over the counter."[(McClatchy Newspapers) North Koreans flee into China but dwell there in fear:] North Korean women and girls are particularly vulnerable. If Chinese farmers catch them, they're often forced into the sex trade or sold as rural brides. "When the Chinese in the area find a North Korean woman who's living off the land in China, they are worth something. They're sold to anyone who wants a concubine," Sen. Sam Brownback, a Kansas Republican and an advocate for the refugees, said in an interview last month in Washington. [(Wichita Eagle) Brownback looks on bright side for GOP:] Brownback spoke at events for three Iowa state legislative candidates and two county-level candidates and attended the Iowa State Fair. He said people continue to be concerned about the country's direction, but aren't as worked up over immigration as they were last spring. "For six months all the oxygen was taken out of the atmosphere," due to immigration, he said. "It was difficult to talk about anything else." That's changed, although the topic will undoubtedly heat up again when Congress returns this fall, he said. Brownback said it was "50-50" whether an immigration bill might pass this year.Dennis Moore[(Kansas City Jewish Chronicle) Speakers stand behind Israel at local rally:] The conventional wisdom - that the vast majority of the Lebanese who died in the recent warfare between Hezbollah and Israel were civilians - is simply untrue, Israel's Consul General to the Midwest, Barukh Binah, told a crowd of about 1,000 people Sunday at Kehilath Israel Synagogue. ... In addition to Binah, the featured speakers were U.S. Reps. Dennis Moore (D-3rd District of Kansas) and Ike Skelton (D-4th District of Missouri) and Leawood, Kan., Mayor Peggy Dunn. ... Moore expressed concern for the dead and injured on both sides of the Israel-Lebanon border, but he blamed Hezbollah for launching rockets from otherwise civilian areas, attempting to use the residents as "human shields." The "root cause" of the problems in the Mideast, Moore said, is that "some of Israel's neighbors still deny her the right to exist." "Peace agreements will only last as long as Israel is strong," he said. "When we meet next, I hope to speak about Israeli accomplishments in medicine, agriculture and technology and not missiles and bombs."Jerry Moran[(BrownfieldNetwork.com) Beef trade with Korea, first step to FTA:] Kansas 1st District Congressman Jerry Moran is putting his focus on the concerns regarding the lack of beef trade with Korea. He addressed his concerns in a letter sent to the President of Korea saying that the first step to a free trade deal with Korea is the resumption of beef trade. Moran believes U.S. beef has been absent in Korea for what he calls "unscientific reasons", which is a notion he's shared with Korean Ambassador Lee. Moran, who chairs the House Ag Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, also says beef trade must be addressed before trade negotiations in other areas can move forward.How to contact As always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.] : http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=M2U3ZTNhYWZmZTU5ZWQzYWViYTZjNzk1NWVjODFlNWE= : http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=16700 : http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/15327734.htm : http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/news/local/15371151.htm : http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=17110322&BRD=1425&PAG=461&dept_id=154733&rfi=6 : http://www.brownfieldnetwork.com/gestalt/go.cfm?objectid=40E11770-A1C6-36FB-3AA724EE374D65B7 : http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed