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Thursday, May 17, 2007

An Important Message from Dr. Dobson!

Here is a message we recently received from Focus on the Family Action.

Dear Concerned Americans,

Last week we alerted you that the dangerous legislation that would make it much more difficult for groups like Focus Action to keep you abreast of what's taking place in Washington, D.C., had been introduced in the House of Representatives. This week we've learned the bill will be moving very quickly – but there's still time for you to stand up for our freedom of speech.

Initially scheduled for a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee May 15, a broader "lobby reform" bill is now slated for consideration on May 17. At that time, the Meehan–Shays language (currently the language of HR 2093, which was introduced last week) is expected to be added to the reform bill.

The broader reform bill itself will address many ethical problems associated with paid lobbyists. However, the Meehan-Shays amendment is directed at efforts to educate and motivate the "grassroots" – concerned citizens like you – to make their voices heard by Congress. No ethics scandal will be solved by making it more difficult for Dr. Dobson to keep you updated about what our elected officials are doing!

We know this bill – with the Meehan-Shays amendment – will be on the House floor by next week. It's crucial that you do everything you can to stop this threat to our freedom of speech dead in its tracks. We have heard reports that congressional offices are being flooded with calls, and we need to keep the pressure on. Here are a few things you can do:

  • Call the members of the House Judiciary Committee and urge them to reject the Meehan-Shays amendment or any similar language that will make it more difficult for the grassroots to communicate with Congress. Contact information for the committee members is available here. You are free to contact these members even if they are not your own representative.
  • Call your representative and urge him or her to oppose the Meehan-Shays amendment or any attempt to interfere with the right of Americans to make their views heard by their members of Congress. Contact information is available here.
  • Forward this petition update to your family and friends who may not have had a chance to sign the "Freedom of Speech" and "Hate Crimes and ENDA" petitions.

It is time to stand strong for our right to be informed and be heard. Thank you for making your voice heard.


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