Tuesday, November 30, 2004

FAIR Legislative Update

In this update:

Negotiations on 9/11 Bill Set to Resume This Week
Negotiations on the 9/11 bill are set to resume this week as the battle continues to get critical identification security and immigration enforcement reforms included in the final bill to implement the 9/11 Commission recommendations.
We won a temporary victory on Nov. 20 when House Speaker Hastert (R-IL) refused to bring the bill to the floor after House Republicans, led by Rep. Sensenbrenner (R-WI), banded together to voice their displeasure with the lack of immigration provisions in the final conference report.

Rep. Sensenbrenner is facing immense pressure from the White House to drop his insistence on the identification security and immigration provisions and conferees hoping to exclude these important reforms are calling him an obstructionist. (Read yesterday's New York Times article for details.)

Rep. Duncan Hunter has also forcefully objected to the legislation, fearing some of the changes to the intelligence apparatus would endanger American troops deployed in combat if deprived of timely satellite intelligence data. Rep. Hunter has a strong record favoring tough steps against illegal immigration, having introduced his own bill earlier this year to block states from issuing licenses to illegal aliens.

Your Calls Are Making a Huge Impact

Your phone calls are helping Rep. Sensenbrenner stay the course. He recently told NewsMax.com that calls to his office have been 30-to-1 in favor of the immigration provisions. The message is loud and clear - Americans agree that preventing terrorists from getting driver's licenses and asylum is critical to preventing another 9/11. Please keep those calls coming! (202-225-5101)

The Week Ahead

The back and forth jockeying this week over the 9/11 legislation is a prelude to action next week when the House and Senate return for another short lame duck session.

This week, supporters and opponent alike will speak out about including the immigration-security provisions.

Members of 9/11 Families for a Secure America will hold a Capitol Hill press conference tomorrow to urge Senate conferees to accept the driver's license and border security provisions of H.R. 10. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, 11 a.m. (November 30, 2004)

Conversely, the 9/11 Family Steering Committee and the 9/11 Commission Caucus will hold a news conference with Reps. Christopher Shays (R-CT) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) to urge House Republican leadership to forgo these important reforms. Location: Cannon Terrace, Cannon House Office Building. 10 a.m. (November 30, 2004)

Stay Tuned…

Your help will be critical to the outcome of the 9/11 legislation when the House and Senate return on December 6 and 7 for another lame duck session. Look forward to hearing from us late this week and early next week for further updates and alerts.

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