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Sam Brownback[(Cumberland Times-News) Marriage broker law seeks to protect readily exploited women:][1] IMBRA also prevents "mail-order bride" agencies from recruiting girls under 18; requires agencies to disclose whether an American client is a registered sex offender; and then to obtain a foreign recruit's consent before releasing her contact information to a man who may, in fact, be a rapist or a child molester. IMBRA does not prevent anyone from marrying whomever they choose - it just enables informed choices to be made. ... IMBRA was not an "extreme feminist" conspiracy resisted by "most legislators." Three of IMBRA's four lead co-sponsors were men (Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.); Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.); and Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.).[(Christian Newswire) Interfaith Comprehensive Immigration Reform Conference and Advocacy Day:][2] World Relief would like to announce an Interfaith Comprehensive Immigration Reform Conference and Advocacy Day on July 12, 2006. Guest speakers include the Rev. Richard Land, Rev. Jim Wallis, and Sen. Sam Brownback. The days schedule includes sessions on the Theology of Migration, Presentation of Personal Stories, and Applying Faith Principles to the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Debate.[(The Hill) Lobby reform game plan:][3] Spending by 527s is expected to benefit Democrats much more than Republicans because GOP political operatives have had difficulty raising money for these groups, which are named after the section of the tax code that deals with them. ... There are Republicans who oppose 527 reform. In a letter to Frist last month, seven Republican senators expressed their concerns about the bill. "We strongly oppose adding the anti-free speech provisions of H.R. 513 to the lobbying reform bill, or any other bill," the Republicans wrote, referring to the bill restricting 527s that the House passed earlier this year. "If such provisions are added to legislation scheduled for a Senate vote, we would give serious consideration to supporting extended debate on the bill." Extended debate is a euphemism for filibuster. Republican Sens. George Allen (Va.), Jim DeMint (S.C.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), David Vitter (La.), John Sununu (N.H.) and Sam Brownback (Kan.) signed the letter.Pat Roberts[(KC Star) Roberts: Unclear why House counterpart upset at Bush:][4] Senate Intelligence Chairman Pat Roberts said he's briefed on an array of secret operations, but is in the dark about what's angered his counterpart in the House. The New York Times reported Sunday that Republican Rep. Peter Hoekstra of Michigan, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, complained to President Bush in May that his administration might be breaking the law by not giving full details to Congress on all of its secret activities. ... Roberts said Tuesday that he had not yet spoken to Hoeskstra, but the Kansas Republican said he assumed that they both got the same briefings. "Everything I've asked for, I've received," he said. "Every briefing I've asked for, we've been briefed. Everything that we've wanted to come before the full committee, we've had come before the full committee."Misc.[(49abcnews.com) The House always wins? Reps say banks, online gambling don't mix:][5] Internet gambling couldn't win against the House on Tuesday. Democrat Dennis Moore and Republicans Jerry Moran and Jim Ryun voted to ban the use of credit cards for online betting. The House of Representatives approved the bill, which will now go to the Senate. It would make it illegal for banks and companies to make payments to online gambling sites.How to contact As always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.][6] [1]: http://www.times-news.com/opinion/local_story_192093908.html?keyword=secondarystory [2]: http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/45518506.html [3]: http://www.thehill.com/thehill/export/TheHill/News/Frontpage/071206/news1.html [4]: http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/breaking_news/15015578.htm [5]: http://www.49abcnews.com/news/2006/jul/11/house_always_wins_banks_cant_pay_online_gambling_s/ [6]: http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed


Richard Heckler 9 years, 2 months ago

How much does Roberts know about the Bush secret back door spying operations?

Perhaps this could give Roberts a clue....

The Senate passed a bill last evening, sponsored by Joe Lieberman and Susan Banks, to change the name of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to the plain old Emergency Management Agency. The bill is likely to be passed in the House and signed by the president.

As a result of the mismanagement of the Katrina disaster, everyone in Congress agrees its time to retire FEMA so the next time there's a big disaster the victims won't panic and say,"Oh nooooo! They sent FEMA down here to rescue us."

FEMA's disrepute and bad reputation are well deserved and if I were in a disaster and FEMA showed up, I'd probably put my wife and child in the car and get as far away from the FEMA agents as possible. I'd be afraid that FEMA would haul my family off to a trailer park in the middle of nowhere and hold us a hostile detainees until the next presidential election was over.

There's one other important change with the new EMA agency. EMA will be out of the clutches of Michael Chertoff and Homeland Security and return to its status as an independent agency, as it was prior to 9/11.

It is an admission by the Republicans that these monumental bureaucratic fiefdoms like Homeland Security don't work well because when disaster strikes everybody is so busy bickering about who's supposed to doing what, and as a result, everybody does nothing.

There is similar criticism levelled at newly created Directory of National Intelligence which consolidated all of the U.S. intelligence community into one super agency after 9/11.

Both Homeland Security and the Directory of Intelligence were presented to Congress and the American public as agency consolidation plans to improve the efficiency of our national security and public safety. It hasn't work that way because all the Bush administration has done is use these two super-bureaucracies to politicize and exercise more control over what used to be independent agencies that operated outside of the exclusive control of the executive branch.

The reason why agencies like FEMA and the CIA were originally designed to be outside the exclusive domain of the executive branch was it was a longstanding concern of Congress that certain agencies had to be free from the political control because of their critical role in either national security or safety of the public.

pundit 9 years, 2 months ago

What, Brownback is opposed to 527 reform? ? .. Surprise surprise, since it was murky unknown 527's (according to Browback at the time) (which ended up being financed partially by Brownback's in-laws) which let him run smear campaigns against his opponent in the last 10 days of his election.

oh...and a feature of some of the ads was to accuse Jill Docking of being (oh horror, oh horror) Jewish!

... this from someone who claims to be Christian, and panders to the Christian Right.

go figure

usaschools 9 years, 2 months ago

More rhetoric from one who condones lawbreaking by the Bush administration. Roberts, our representative shouldn't have to ASK for information, it is supposed to be disclosed to them prior to any action being taken. In other words, you can't ASK about a SECRET operation you know nothing about! The secrecy of the Bush administration is beyond the pale. It is illegal and undemocratic.

staff04 9 years, 2 months ago

Doesn't know why he is upset? A few years ago, someone in the Wichita Eagle referred to him as one of Bush's "yes men." That might have something to do with it...

james bush 9 years, 2 months ago

Keep up the good work Senator Roberts. Most of us understand and respect you!

mooseamoose 9 years, 2 months ago

yes sir - great job Senator. the President needs more sycophants like you!!!

Jamesaust 9 years, 2 months ago

Roberts is hardly the only person confused about Hoekstra. One thing is perfectly clear, however: Hoekstra does NOT want to oversee intelligence operations. Hoekstra is in fact one of the key wingnuts who see a miracle answer to this Administration's incompetence every time a 20 year old weapons shell is found in Iraq ("proof!").

Several theories are circulating inside Washington but they all revolve around the position that Hoekstra is engaged in a shoddy attempt to strongarm the Administration to give him something he wants with a threat to make trouble otherwise.

Unlike Roberts, who at least has the capacity to fulfill his role on the Senate committee - even if he has renounced any desire to do it - Hoekstra's main claim to fame is that his collegues believe him incapable of doing any harm (a/k/a, unable to impede the Administration's actions in any way). Hoekstra may be endangering his chairmanship by playing this risky game (the House by comparison is loaded with wingnuts - witness Ryun, for example).

BTW - Roberts: "Everything that we've wanted to come before the full committee, we've had come before the full committee." The law requires EVERYTHING to come before the FULL committee. Alone, Roberts has NO power. I thought that a few months back, after other Senators complained that Roberts was trying to interpret the rules to say that if HE had been briefed then the COMMITTEE had been briefed, Roberts had agreed to stop that.

Fangorn 9 years, 2 months ago

Why debate 527s at all? The entire concept of "campaign finance reform" is flawed. (For that reason alone, McCain shouldn't even bother seeking the GOP nomination in 2008.) Regardless of what a majority of idiots in both houses of Congress think, or what the President signed, or what the SCOTUS ruled, "campaign finance reform" is unconstitutional. What part of "Congress shall make no law..." is so bloody difficult to understand? I don't think the Founders would have put that in the Bill of Rights if it didn't mean anything.

Jamesaust 9 years, 2 months ago

Oddly, I note this quote from Hoekstra Tuesday: "More frequently than what we would like, we find out that the intelligence community has been penetrated, not necessarily by al Qaeda, but by other nations or organizations. I don't have any evidence. But...."

Okay, other than Joe McCarthy, what sort of moron would be on - let alone leading - a congressional Intelligence Committee and make such an outlandish claim, even while admitting that there existed no intelligence that would support that claim?

Apparently, only Frisians.

Freedom 9 years, 2 months ago

I don't understand why this newspaper has chosen to link the FALSE AND MISLEADING article written by Jeanne Smoot, extreme feminist and Director of Public Policy from the Tahirih Justice Center. But the Lawrence Journal-World does not show anyone the original article written by David Root that Ms. Smoot was responding to, and his follow-up.

For the benefit of those readers who were deprived of the FACTS pertaining to the heinous IMBRA law, here are the URL's





This law, the 'International Marriage Broker Regulation Act', Cosponsored by Senator Brownback is one of the most draconian laws in the history of this country. As David Root writes, the IMBRA is someting that Joseph Stalin would be proud of.

Senator Brownback said that the Tahirih Justice Center are "frontline experts". Nothing can be further than the truth. Senator Brownback has been manipulated by lies, cooked statistics, and propoganda from this wacko feminist group.

This is a SCANDAL based on a lies created by extreme feminist groups with ulterior motives to keep American men away from foreign women!

Senator Brownback is also a total HYPOCRITE. He was a major proponent of an ammendment banning same sex marriage. Also, he sponsored legislation to allow foreign nurses to immigrate to the U.S. But at the same time, this guy wants to prohibit any communication between consenting HETEROSEXUAL men and women, and depriving foreign women to immigrate!!!

The 'International Marriage Broker Regulation Act' was passed by Congress after-hours on the Saturday before Christmas when nobody was looking as an attachment to another law. This law contains derogatory, offensive, false, misleading, and outdated terminology like "mail order bride" and "international marriage broker". FYI, NO marriages are brokered and NOBODY is being shipped through the mail.

This law Cosponsored by Mr. Brownback is appalling...

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