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Brownback stands in way of stem cell bill


Sam Brownback[(USA Today) Senate to address stem cell bills:][1] The Senate could debate as early as next week a three-bill package thatincludes a measure to expand federal funding for stem cell research usinghuman embryos. President Bush has threatened to veto the fundingmeasure, which passed the House of Representatives in May 2005. ... Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., Sam Brownback, R-Kan.,and other opponents say it is wrong to destroy humanlife for any reason, whether it is an embryo for stem cellresearch or a fetus in an abortion. They say that alternativeresearch on adult stem cells is more ethical and thatcloning embryos to harvest stem cells should be bannedbecause it is immoral.Jim Ryun[(Washington Post) New Links Between Abramoff, White House:][2] Lobbyist Jack Abramoff had a half-dozen White House appointments in the early months of the Bush administration, according to logs released yesterday by the U.S. Secret Service. ... Among those with whom Abramoff met in the spring of 2001 was Cesar Conda, then assistant to the vice president for domestic policy, and Catharine Ryun, executive assistant to the director of the faith-based office and daughter of Rep. Jim Ryun (R-Kan.).Todd Tiahrt and Sam Brownback[(Human Events commentary) Four Ways to Reduce Government Waste:][3] Congress will soon consider legislation to establish a commission that could bring an end to wasteful and counter-productive government programs. Representatives Todd Tiahrt (R.-Kan.) and Kevin Brady (R.-Tex.) are the authors of two leading bills (H.R. 2470 and H.R. 3282) that have been introduced in the House. The Senate will consider a similar proposal by Sam Brownback (R.-Kan.) as part of a comprehensive package of budget process reforms (S. 3521). Reform is necessary because the current budget process provides Congress little incentive to eliminate programs that clearly do not work. A well-designed government waste commission could overcome the budget process's pro-spending bias and encourage lawmakers to cut failing programs, providing enormous taxpayer savings.How to contact As always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.][4] [1]: http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/2006-07-10-senate-stem-cells_x.htm?POE=TECISVA [2]: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/07/07/AR2006070701317.html [3]: http://www.humaneventsonline.com/article.php?id=15969 [4]: http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed


erichaar 11 years, 11 months ago

I've said it before, we've got some great leadership in Washington representing the state of Kansas.

Shelby 11 years, 11 months ago

What ever happened to the blood from umbilical cords? I thought there was the possibility that that would end the controversy.

cutny 11 years, 11 months ago

Brownback what an idiot....but, hey, he'll stand up for hybrid cars, all in the name of progress.

yourworstnightmare 11 years, 11 months ago

Ive said it before, weve got some great leadership in Washington representing the State of Kansas (eyes rolling).

staff04 11 years, 11 months ago

I don't understand how the man can look a child with a crippling disease in eyes and tell them that embryonic stem cells are better off in the trash than being researched to potentially cure that child.

Mike Blur 11 years, 11 months ago

Abramoff is singing, and the ball is just beginning to roll downhill. I remember watching the news the day Abramoff turned states' witness in this Congressional corruption scandal, many analysts said that legislators were rightly shaking in their boots. It appears that our very own Jim Ryun is on the front line. He accepted campaign contributions from Abramoff, and now there's evidence that subsequent to that, Abramoff "touched base" with Ryun's daughter who works in a de facto Cabinet-level department of the Bush administration.

Few people know about the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, but check out this link: http://www.whitehouse.gov/government/fbci/ and there it is, listed along with other Cabinet-level offices. Its primary purpose is to ensure that federal money for social service programs is directed to Christian religious organizations. Why Abramoff would want to meet with Ryun's daughter is anyone's guess, aside from calling in favors.

Steve Mechels 11 years, 11 months ago

I wonder if Brownback would "stand" in the way of the research if he or one of his family was a parapalegic....

kmat 11 years, 11 months ago

When will the people of KS wise up and get rid of these wackos? Brownback is a nut job. Read the Rolling Stone interview to get a good feel for him. He won't be happy until America is a theocratic nation. We need to send him to Iran or Somalia for a while to see what religion does to politics.

Jamesaust 11 years, 11 months ago

Catherine Ryun has been executive assistant in the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives for years now.

When searching the workpool of 300 million Americans, the (now) 30 year old who attended Washburn University for a year but never graduated but whose father was a House member was the obvious pick.

(Much like selling her father a DC brownstone for far less than its actual value was an obvious rational business decision. Who did the selling to Ryun? Why, a "faith-based" organization.)

Of course, that's not the only qualification for the job. Here, is a radio news report that profiles her as a proud "30 year old virgin." http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4813960

erichaar 11 years, 11 months ago

"Of course, that's not the only qualification for the job. "

You're pretty sick, Jamesaust.

Jamesaust 11 years, 11 months ago

erichaar -

why is it that the obvious query following each of your comments is: what are you talking about?

ksmoderate 11 years, 11 months ago

I think Brownback gets his ideas from listening to fundamentalist christian radio--there are a lot of loonies to choose from here in good 'ol KS. I actually heard this statement one day driving to work: "Every time a stem cell is harvested, a baby dies."

Yup. I'm sure it made Sammy B. smile.

KsTwister 11 years, 11 months ago

Well, another letter in file 13, he didn't read that one either. The idiot has to go.

mooseamoose 11 years, 11 months ago

and every time you masturbate God kills a kitten - I think the Sen. is just feeling guilty for all the life that has been snuffed out because of him - so by opposing the stem cell research he is making up for that.

poor poor kittens...

The_Twelve 11 years, 11 months ago

"Sam Brownback, R-Kan.,and other opponents say it is wrong to destroy humanlife for any reason, whether it is an embryo for stem cellresearch or a fetus in an abortion."

As long as it's unborn, it's sacred--once it pops out, bombs away!! KILL KILL KILL!

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