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Local Internet Freedom Groups, Opponents Of Internet Censorship Bills Take Their Disapproval to Town Halls, Meetings With Lawmakers

Urge constituents who oppose PROTECT IP Act and Stop Online Piracy Act to visit my.americancensorship.org for more info on how to attend a meeting

Contact: press@fightforthefuture.org

With Congress still threatening to pass Internet censorship legislation when it returns from break later this month, opponents of the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) have set up dozens of in-person meetings with their lawmakers and are organizing groups to attend their lawmakers’ town hall meetings.

Opponents are organizing themselves into local Internet Freedom groups and plan to ask Senators questions related to the controversial legislation. The groups are often made of individuals who have never been politically active before. For lawmakers who have no public events, participants are being walked through the process of setting up meetings with their elected officials.

A list of already-scheduled town halls and meetings may be found at https://fightfortheftr.wordpress.com/. And to find out about — or to set up new meetings — Internet users may visit http://my.americancensorship.org/.

The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to recommence deliberations on SOPA on January 23rd. On January 24th, the full Senate is set to begin consideration of PIPA — likely triggering a filibuster by opponents.

According to Fight for the Future co-founder Tiffiniy Cheng, “Senator Reid is moving quickly to pass PROTECT-IP, although the majority of Americans are opposed to it. Apparently, we only have these last two weeks to make sure lawmakers know that most of the internet and the local people who use it are one hundred percent opposed to these bills — and that we’re going to hold them accountable for the way they vote. It’s amazing to see how motivated people are to help stop these bills — they are taking the legislation into their own hands.”

SOPA and PIPA would give the government and corporations broad new powers to block Americans’ access to websites that are accused of copyright infringement, and to otherwise undermine those sites’ abilities to function.

Fight for the Future and dozens of other organizations and companies have steered more than 4 million contacts to Congress in opposition to PIPA and SOPA.

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Senate Republicans block FEMA disaster relief funds

Hold on, don’t spend that disaster aid money just yet, Republicans in the US Senate have blocked aid to Hurricane Irene victims.

I wonder what Governor Christie and fellow NJ Republicans have to say about this?

Raw Story
Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

A package of disaster relief funding worth $7 billion was blocked from coming up for a vote by Senate Republicans on Monday, drawing sharp condemnation from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) who lambasted the conservative party for abandoning Americans in need.

“Last night, Democrats tried to move forward on a measure that would have granted the Federal Emergency Management Agency additional funding to help communities devastated by natural disasters,” Sen. Reid said in an advisory.

“This ought to be the least political issue going – whether to reach out a helping hand to our friends and neighbors in their time of need,” he continued. “They have lost friends and loved ones. Their homes, businesses and livelihoods have been destroyed by acts of god. Their communities are under water or reduced to rubble.

“It’s in our power to help them. But last night Republicans overwhelmingly voted to prevent us from coming to their aid. They prevented us from getting disaster aid to American families and businesses that need it now.”

The vote was 53-33, with Republicans uniting against measure that would have brought the aid package to a vote and put a rush on some emergency funds. A 60-vote majority was required to pass it.

“They don’t need help next week or next month,” Reid railed. “They need it now. They need it today.”

He added that because of the increased number of natural disasters this year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has just over $300 million left. President Barack Obama has issued disaster declarations in 48 states since the beginning of 2011.

The funds are so low, Reid said, that FEMA has stopped rebuilding the town of Joplin, Missouri, which was practically destroyed by tornadoes earlier this year. It withdrew funding for the Joplin rebuilding in order to provide food and shelter to the victims of Hurricane Irene.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) said on Monday that House Republicans would include a much smaller package of relief funds, attached to a budget request needed to keep the government operating through the end of September.

Cantor has previously tried to withhold disaster funds to force major budget cuts elsewhere, like vehicle fuel efficiency programs, or public funding for light rail projects.

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>President Obama’s Weekly Address 4/9/11: President Obama on the Budget Compromise to Avoid a Government Shutdown

>After weeks of negotiations, President Obama and leaders from both the Democratic and Republican parties in Congress found common ground in an agreement about the United States’ budget. This means the government will remain open to serve the public, including small businesses who need need loans to grow, families who’ve applied for mortgages and others who are visiting national parks and museums. It also means that hundreds of thousands of Americans – including brave men and women in uniform – will get paychecks on time.

In his Weekly Address, the President discusses the importance of the bipartisan budget agreement that represents both a significant investment in the United States’ future – and the largest annual spending cut in our history.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/all/modules/swftools/shared/flash_media_player/player5x2.swf

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Reid: Democrats will use 50-vote tactic to finish healthcare within 60 days

By Michael O’Brien from the Hill.com’s Blog Briefing Room

Democrats will finish their health reform efforts within the next two months by using a majority-vote maneuver in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said.

Reid said that congressional Democrats would likely opt for a procedural tactic in the Senate allowing the upper chamber to make final changes to its healthcare bill with only a simple majority of senators, instead of the 60 it takes to normally end a filibuster.

“I’ve had many conversations this week with the president, his chief of staff, and Speaker Pelosi,” Reid said during an appearance Friday evening on “Face to Face with Jon Ralston” in Nevada. “And we’re really trying to move forward on this.”

The majority leader said that while Democrats have a number of options, they would likely use the budget reconciliation process to pass a series of fixes to the first healthcare bill passed by the Senate in November. These changes are needed to secure votes for passage of that original Senate bill in the House.

“We’ll do a relatively small bill to take care of what we’ve already done,” Reid said, affirming that Democrats would use the reconciliation process. “We’re going to have that done in the next 60 days.”

The move would allow Democrats to essentially go it alone on health reform, especially after losing their filibuter-proof majority in the Senate after Sen. Scott Brown’s (R) special election victory in Massachusetts.

Republicans have protested the maneuver as a hyperpartisan tactic to ram through a health bill, and have said that plans to use the reconciliation process make moot a bipartisan summit at the White House this week, where both GOP and Democratic leaders are supposed to present their ideas on healthcare.

Reid said that the final Democratic bill is likely to be unveiled Monday night.

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Senate Leadership Discusses President Obama’s Address to Congress

A few hours ago the US. Senate Democrats release the following video on their Youtube channel. 

The video chronicles a press conference that was held today by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Democratic Conference Vice Chairman Charles Schumer and Democratic Conference Secretary Patty Murray to discuss President Obamas address to Congress and Senate Democrats plans to work with him to revive our economy and make life better for struggling Americans.

“Last night the American people heard something we hadn’t heard in a very, very long time — an honest assessment of where we are as a country,” Reid said. “We also heard a strong vision of how we’re going to work together to make life for struggling Americans better. We took a strong step by passing the economic recovery package, and he talked about that at some length. He also talked about three things that we all must focus on: energy, education and health care.”

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Senate Leadership Discusses President Obama’s Address to Congress

A few hours ago the US. Senate Democrats release the following video on their Youtube channel. 

The video chronicles a press conference that was held today by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Democratic Conference Vice Chairman Charles Schumer and Democratic Conference Secretary Patty Murray to discuss President Obamas address to Congress and Senate Democrats plans to work with him to revive our economy and make life better for struggling Americans.

“Last night the American people heard something we hadn’t heard in a very, very long time — an honest assessment of where we are as a country,” Reid said. “We also heard a strong vision of how we’re going to work together to make life for struggling Americans better. We took a strong step by passing the economic recovery package, and he talked about that at some length. He also talked about three things that we all must focus on: energy, education and health care.”

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Quote of the Day: " I Don’t Work For Obama"

“If Obama steps over the bounds, I will tell him. … I do not work for Barack Obama. I work with him,”

— Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in an interview with The Hill

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