Federal Legislative Alert

The following items have the legislative alerts that are listed on the JBS website as well as below.
You can go directly to the legislative alerts at http://www.votervoice.net/Core.aspx?AID=972&APP=GAC&.

Priority: H Defeat Any Form of ‘Cap and Trade’ Energy
Tax Bill in the Senate!
H.R. 2454 (also known as the Waxman-Markey climate change bill), is an expensive new “energy tax” bill that was approved by the House of Representatives by a vote of 219 to 212 on June 26. It provides for a “cap and trade” program, defined as “a system of greenhouse gas regulation under which a State or political subdivision issues a limited number of tradable instruments in the nature of emission allowances and requires that sources within its jurisdiction surrender such tradeable instruments for each unit of greenhouse gases emitted during a compliance period.” Urge your senators to reject any legislation that would increase the cost of energy production and use by imposing unrealistic reductions in so-called greenhouse gases – and placing a tax on carbon by creating a “cap-and-trade” system.

Priority: H Oppose the Law of the Sea Treaty!
The Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) would be a huge step toward establishing a world government by giving regulatory jurisdiction over everything (e.g. military and commercial) concerning the world’s oceans and seas to a United Nations body, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. Contact your senators and firmly tell them to reject the Law of the Sea Treaty.
Priority: H Oppose the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child!
Madeleine Albright, then the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, signed the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on February 16, 1995. When it became apparent to many Americans that the convention would pose a serious threat to parental rights, opposition to it mounted and it was never submitted to the Senate for ratification. However, President Obama has already indicated he is a supporter of the convention. Contact your representative and senators in Congress, telling them to oppose ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. (However, caution them not to resort to a constitutional amendment to counter the dangers posed by the CRC, as proposed in H. J. Res. 42 and the Senate S. J. Res. 13.)

Priority: H Oppose H.R. 875, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009!
H.R. 875 would effectively transfer all state control over food regulation to the Food Safety Administration (FSA), a newly established federal bureaucracy to be created within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). H.R. 875 is a clear violation of the Tenth Amendment. Urge your representative to oppose this assault on the family farm.

Priority: H Support H.R. 1207 and S. 604, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2009!
H.R. 1207/S. 604, the “Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2009,” would provide the first true audit of the Federal Reserve, to be provided to the congressional leadership and to any other member of Congress who asked for a copy. It would be a powerful tool for exposing exactly how the Fed controls our economy and our freedom through its creation of money out of thin air, and could play a decisive role in restoring sound money and phasing out the Federal Reserve! H.R. 1207 now has 256 cosponsors – more than a majority of the members of the House! Yet, it sits in the House Committee on Financial Services. Ask your representative to put pressure on the House leadership to bring H.R. 1207 out of committee for a vote.

Priority: M Oppose H.R. 1409 and S. 560 the Employee Free Choice Act!
The so-called Employee Free Choice Act, a “card check” bill would take away the employer’s right to request a secret-ballot election on unionism. Without the protection of the secret ballot, employees could fall victim to unfair harassment by union organizers. H.R. 1409 has 226 cosponsors in the House and S. 560 has 39 in the Senate, making this legislation a formidable threat. Tell your representative and senators that the EFCA bill should be rejected.

Priority: M Oppose S. 787, the Clean Water Restoration Act!
S. 787 would redefine the government’s control over water. It would amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (enacted in 1972) by striking the term “navigable waters” from the bill and replacing it with “waters of the United States.” It would federalize basically every body of water within the United States and place restrictions on landowners. Urge your senators to oppose this bill.

Priority: O Support H.R. 1146, the American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2009!
H.R. 1146 would end membership of the United States in the United Nations. Urge your representative to support this important strike for U.S. sovereignty. Introduced by Rep. Ron Paul, it has been cosponsored by Rep. John Duncan (R.-Tenn.). Since recent polls show that three out of five Americans think the United Nations is doing a “poor job” in trying to solve international problems, there should be many more cosponsors of this bill. Urge your representative to be among them.

Priority: O Support H.R. 539, to Limit Federal Courts’ Right to Rule on Abortion!
H. R. 539, the “We the People Act,” introduced by Rep. Ron Paul (R.-Texas) and initially cosponsored by Reps. Walter Jones (R.-N.C.) and Ted Poe (R.-Texas), would limit the jurisdiction of the federal courts, most notably on matters related to religious liberty, sexual orientation, family relations, education, and abortion. This legislation would implement the little-known power of Congress provided for in Article III, Section 2 of the Constitution. Insist that your representative cosponsor and support it! Also, ask any pro-life organization soliciting your support if they are promoting this legislation, and – if not – why not?

ACTION SUMMARY – Priority: Ongoing to High
Contact your representatives in Congress • about all of these issues.