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Title: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: M.Capestro on July 17, 2009, 08:06:39 AM
I'll be starting a new project thread to solicit support for Congressman Smith's Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240 (http://chrissmith.house.gov/UploadedFiles/SMITNJ_051_HR_3240.pdf).
 
Library of Congress Thomas site (http://thomas.loc.gov/) is reporting that there are already 7 co-sponsors to the bill:
 
Rep Fortenberry, Jeff (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Fortenberry++Jeff))+01793))) [NE-1] - 7/16/2009
Rep Inglis, Bob (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Inglis++Bob))+00582))) [SC-4] - 7/16/2009
Rep Mollohan, Alan B. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Mollohan++Alan+B.))+00824))) [WV-1] - 7/16/2009
Rep Poe, Ted (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Poe++Ted))+01802))) [TX-2] - 7/16/2009
Rep Sanchez, Loretta (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Sanchez++Loretta))+01522))) [CA-47] - 7/16/2009
Rep Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Sensenbrenner++F.+James++Jr.))+01041))) [WI-5] - 7/16/2009
Rep Wolf, Frank R. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Wolf++Frank+R.))+01238))) [VA-10] - 7/16/2009
 
LoCT site also indicates that the act has been referred to the following House committees:
 
House Foreign Affairs (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/R?d111:FLD005:@3(House+Foreign+Affairs))
House Ways and Means (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/R?d111:FLD005:@3(House+Ways+and+Means))
House Financial Services (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/R?d111:FLD005:@3(House+Financial+Services))
House Judiciary (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/R?d111:FLD005:@3(House+Judiciary))
House Oversight and Government Reform (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/R?d111:FLD005:@3(House+Oversight+and+Government+Reform))
 
In the meantime, when calling your congressman/woman, please include a request for them to co-sponsor BOTH bills.
 
More to come on other important representatives we should be reaching out to regarding this bill.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: M.Capestro on July 17, 2009, 08:08:32 AM
Press release from yesterday's press conference:


Reps. Smith, Wolf & Left Behind Parents Unveil Bipartisan Bill to Fight International Child Abduction
 
WASHINGTON, DC, Jul 16 -
 
Left behind parents from across the country joined Congressmen Chris Smith (NJ-4th) and Frank Wolf (VA-10) at a press conference today to unveil the “International Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009” (http://chrissmith.house.gov/UploadedFiles/SMITNJ_051_HR_3240.pdf) in front of the U.S. Capitol Building.
 
David Goldman, the father of kidnapped American boy Sean Goldman who is being held in Brazil, and other left behind parents who traveled from as far as California and Florida, spoke about the pain of not seeing their children for years, if ever, after an abduction, and expressed support for the bill.
 
Over 2,800 American children are being held in a foreign country against the wishes of their American parent,” said Smith, who in June pushed legislation through the House to require the Department of Defense assist left-behind U.S. service members, and has legislation pending to revoke U.S. trade preferences favorable to Brazil  (http://chrissmith.house.gov/UploadedFiles/SMITNJ_037_xml.pdf)until they comply with international child abduction law. “Most of these cases have been dragging on for years—years of loving relationship and happy memories that these parents will never get back even if they do see their child again someday.
 
“Abducted children loose their relationship with their Mom or their Dad, half of their identity, half of their culture, are at risk of serious emotional and psychological problems and have been found to experience anxiety, eating problems, nightmares, mood swings, sleep disturbances, aggressive behavior, resentment, guilt and fearfulness, and as adults may struggle with identity issues, their own personal relationships and parenting,” Smith said.
 
Original cosponsors of the bill include Frank and U.S. Reps. Alan Mollohan (WV-1); Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-5) Bob Inglis (SC-4) and Loretta Sanchez (CA)..
 
Goldman explained how challenging his five-year fight to be reunited with his son has been.
 
The bill is critical because it provides the State Department the tools it needs to assist us,” Goldman said. “Sadly, Sean is just one of 65 kidnapped children in Brazil. We need this bill to help all the left behind parents of thousands of kidnapped American children in countries all over the world.
 
Another parent, Patrick Braden of Los Angeles, spoke about his three year fight to see his daughter, Mellissa, age 4.
 
I’m here because I love my daughter,” Braden said. “If your child gets taken to Japan, you may never see them again. We are left to go bankrupt—emotionally, physically and financially—and still not ever be reunited. But we are unable to stop trying to bring our children home. We can’t give up on our kids. They are American citizen kids with U.S. constitutional rights that are stripped from them.
 
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Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: jl2saint on July 17, 2009, 01:29:51 PM
Quote from: M.Capestro;42562
Press release from yesterday's press conference:
 
 
Reps. Smith, Wolf & Left Behind Parents Unveil Bipartisan Bill to Fight International Child Abduction
 
WASHINGTON, DC, Jul 16 -
 
Left behind parents from across the country joined Congressmen Chris Smith (NJ-4th) and Frank Wolf (VA-10) at a press conference today to unveil the “International Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009” (http://chrissmith.house.gov/UploadedFiles/SMITNJ_051_HR_3240.pdf) in front of the U.S. Capitol Building.
 
In talking to a rep at my congressman's local office, he suggested that we email or call the head of the Ways and Means committee, Charles Rangel........

He said that ultimately, he would be the one to push this through faster or if at all. He said that so many bills DIE in the committees and that if it didn't get passed in a certain time frame ( he didn't elaborate ) that it would have to go thru the whole process again....

Should we be letting Mr Rangel know how important this is to us?
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: rachelle4 on July 17, 2009, 01:44:00 PM
Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) (http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/cgi-bin/newmemberbio.cgi?lang=&member=NY15&site=ctc) [Chairman]DC Phone 202-225-4365Fax 202-225-0816
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: BrazilianForJustice on July 17, 2009, 03:15:37 PM
Quote from: M.Capestro;42561
I'll be starting a new project thread to solicit support for Congressman Smith's Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240 (http://chrissmith.house.gov/UploadedFiles/SMITNJ_051_HR_3240.pdf).
 
Library of Congress Thomas site (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d111:36:./temp/%7EbdwaQp::) is reporting that there are already 7 co-sponsors to the bill:
 (...)
That second link wasn't working. Try http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d111:3:./temp/~bdQ7Ic::|/bss/d111query.html| (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d111:3:./temp/%7EbdQ7Ic::%7C/bss/d111query.html%7C)
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: tenorplus on July 17, 2009, 03:27:32 PM
In review of the information provided on the Thomas link ~ is there anyone else in DC working besides Rep Chris Smith??? I can hardly get the Reps (or Senators) in PA (and a elsewhere) off their **&^&*))__+(*&^( to do ANYTHING. Seems to me we pay them pretty well (and excellent bennies) for doing little or nothing. I think getting to Rangel is good - it certainly cannot hurt our efforts at this time!!!!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: M.Capestro on July 17, 2009, 04:11:39 PM
Quote from: BrazilianForJustice;42629
That second link wasn't working. Try http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d111:3:./temp/~bdQ7Ic::|/bss/d111query.html| (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d111:3:./temp/%7EbdQ7Ic::%7C/bss/d111query.html%7C)

Seems the search links are temporary. I've replaced the link with one for the Thomas home page (http://thomas.loc.gov/). You can locate the legislation by selecting Chris Smith from the drop down menu of representatives. H.R.3240 is number 18 on the list. H.R.2702 is number 15.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: BrazilianForJustice on July 17, 2009, 04:18:59 PM
Quote from: M.Capestro;42646
Seems the search links are temporary. I've replaced the link with one for the Thomas home page (http://thomas.loc.gov/). You can locate the legislation by selecting Chris Smith from the drop down menu of representatives. H.R.3240 is number 18 on the list. H.R.2702 is number 15.
Thank you M.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: JamesJosephs on July 19, 2009, 10:37:14 PM
Here is the link to the legislation.  It is a very good lead.
 
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-111hr3240IH/html/BILLS-111hr3240IH.htm
 
 

If a country remains non-compliant after a cure period of 90 days, the President is required to take certain specific actions (paragraph 10-16) of Section 204. Paragraph 15 is suspension of GSP Status, which Smith currently proposes for Brazil in HR 2702.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: M.Capestro on July 20, 2009, 08:43:25 AM
OK gang. TWO WEEKS!! Let's make those operators earn their keep.
 

CALL, CALL and CALL YOUR CONGRESSMAN AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: JamesJosephs on July 20, 2009, 09:02:26 PM
Talked to Holt's office today.  He is definitely aware and I'd be shocked if he didn't co-sponsor.   Pallone's office was more frustrating.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: aac on July 20, 2009, 10:29:33 PM
Wii this also help parents that already lost their Hague Case in the country where their children where kidnapped???
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: tweinstein on July 21, 2009, 08:26:10 AM
Quote from: aac;42992
Wii this also help parents that already lost their Hague Case in the country where their children where kidnapped???
I imagine it would depend on the reason they lost their case. If the judge legitimately used a clause from the Convention to avoid ordering a return, then "No". If the judge made a bogus ruling, then "yes". The president decides on an annual basis if a country is worthy of sanctions. I'm sure that his advisors would tell him the facts.

In Brazil, I can't think of any rulings from a federal court that ordered the children to stay in Brazil. The pattern there seems to be that judges either rule for a return (which is then NOT enforced) or they never make a ruling.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: tweinstein on July 21, 2009, 10:49:20 AM
I just looked at the list of co-sponsors for both Resolutions 2702 and 3240. It has been less than a week, yet Resolution 3240 already has 7 co-sponsors while 2702 has only 4 since it was presented in early June.

I also noticed that two representatives co-sponsored 2702 yet are not listed as co-sponsors of 3240. They are Scott Garrett (NJ) and Eric Massa (NY). I think it is reasonable to assume that if they supported 2702, they would support 3240. In my mind, this means there are already 9 co-sponsors to Resolution 3240.

Keep the pressure on as it seems like 3240 is the one that will be called for a vote first.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: JamesJosephs on July 21, 2009, 10:55:18 AM
Quote from: tweinstein;43043

Keep the pressure on as it seems like 3240 is the one that will be called for a vote first.

I agree with that, and 3240 will give President the authority to implement the sanctions required by 2702 anyway.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: M.Capestro on July 21, 2009, 11:27:03 AM
3420 was introduced with 7 co-sponsors (2702 had 0 at introduction). I agree. I would assume that the co-sponsors on both pieces of legislation might agree to co-sponsor the other, but believe that both bills are equally important. Yes, 3420 gives the President the authority to do what 2702 is requesting, but it's going to take time to get people and offices and policies in place after 3420 is approved. Approval of 2702 authorizes immediate action against Brazil.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: BrazilianForJustice on July 21, 2009, 03:32:49 PM
IMHO. It might be that some representatives might feel awkward about cosponsoring legislation that targets a specific country but have no problem with the more generic bill. Better having them signing at least one, rather than none.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Herb Wife on July 22, 2009, 01:23:23 PM
I haven't been commenting much lately but I have still been very pro-active for David and the other LBP. I think I am just too sensitive for a lot that goes on in between results.
 My efforts, which have been specific toward my congressman John Tierney (I still call others), seem to go nowhere. Despite calling e-mailing and faxing (only couple times...my fax stinks) I receive a letter saying Tierney will "keep my views in mind" ! What does that mean??? I called the local office and really let Helen the nice lady who answered "have it". I demanded he co-sponsor and I want an answer now!
 
I mentioned this resolution and was told Tierney sits on one of the committees for it. SOOOOO once again I ask for anyone, whether local or not, to call his office. If even one more person would demand his co-sponer -ship...i really feel that he would be compelled to take that step.
 
John Tierney   MA
202-225-8020 (washington #)
978-531-1669 ( Peabody #)
781-595-7357 (Lynn #)
http://www.house.gov/tierney
 
Thanks.... God Bless
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: steve clark on July 22, 2009, 09:52:27 PM
I took a look at the proposed bill in its current state. It looks capable of the kind of pressure that would cause authorities in noncompliant countries to get that hollow feeling in their stomachs as the blood rushes from their faces.
How could I help to keep this proposed bill from dying in a subcommittee or being watered down? I'm no legislative expert, but I can talk to people firmly, passionately and reasonably on the phone (emphasis on all three) without coming across as a nut case.
Where is the bill right now? What would be the most strategic calls, other than my local congressman?
Healthcare reform seems to be the priority issue right now, but we certainly don't want this bill to die in subcommittees. I'm free to make some calls now but will have a lot of free time at the end of August until mid-September.
I'd like to assist in the effort to get this proposed bill through the subcommittees. How can I help? Please feel free to contact me.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: M.Capestro on July 23, 2009, 08:46:41 AM
As promised, attached please find a BSH handout / flyer:
 
Use alone as a handout or combine it with the links document for posting in coffee shops.
 
The thought behind the links document is that you cut each row separate from each other and then cut up the dotted lines between each "www.bringseanhome.org (http://www.bringseanhome.org)" to the top of the text only, so they stay attached. Staple several to the bottom of the flyer so people can tear off of link and carry it with them to reference when they get home.
 
If you catch any typos or have comments for future handouts, please PM me.
 
Thanks!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: tstravis on July 23, 2009, 03:47:53 PM
Quote

I took a look at the proposed bill in its current state. It looks capable of the kind of pressure that would cause authorities in noncompliant countries to get that hollow feeling in their stomachs as the blood rushes from their faces.
How could I help to keep this proposed bill from dying in a subcommittee or being watered down? I'm no legislative expert, but I can talk to people firmly, passionately and reasonably on the phone (emphasis on all three) without coming across as a nut case.
Where is the bill right now? What would be the most strategic calls, other than my local congressman?
Healthcare reform seems to be the priority issue right now, but we certainly don't want this bill to die in subcommittees. I'm free to make some calls now but will have a lot of free time at the end of August until mid-September.
I'd like to assist in the effort to get this proposed bill through the subcommittees. How can I help? Please feel free to contact me.

steve clark - here is a list to start on... also, we have all been calling/emailing the white house #... to what degree of success - who knows... other efforts are contacting media (contact Meet the Press today about SOS Clinton being on the show this weekend!)...and last but not least, spread the word - the more people who know about this and REFUSE to accept it, the better!
 
these are the main things i can think of
 
 
*JULY'09 HR2702* (http://bringseanhome.org/forum/showthread.php?t=1499)
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Sashia on July 23, 2009, 11:44:44 PM
 (http://bringseanhome.org/files/system/%3C!--@linkimage--%3E)
Another 18 countries have signed agreements with Malta on child abduction, bringing the total to 56.
The additions include Albania, Bulgaria, the Ukraine and Thailand.

Malta signed the Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction at The Hague on the October 25, 1980 and has since then been building up the number of countries on its schedule – who must also be signatories of the convention and which are then added to the schedule by mutual agreement.

The Department for Social Welfare Standards (DSWS) explained the procedure: “Since the Convention enters into force between signatory countries solely upon the acceptance of accession, from time to time countries are added to the schedule so that if a case with one of them does crop up the central authorities would be able to utilise it to try and solve the case. Child abduction cases may arise between parents of the same nationality as well as parents of different nationalities,” it noted.

There are 5 child abduction cases between outgoing and incoming cases at the moment with various countries as well as 4 “exercise of access rights” cases.


 
 
 
http://www.di-ve.com/Default.aspx?ID=72&Action=1&NewsId=62506&newscategory=31 (http://www.di-ve.com/Default.aspx?ID=72&Action=1&NewsId=62506&newscategory=31)
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: M.Capestro on July 28, 2009, 08:03:19 AM
4 DAYS AND COUNTING!
 
This is our final week to reach out to our congressman before the August break.
 
Please make every effort to call, email, fax your representatives as well as...

Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) (http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/cgi-bin/newmemberbio.cgi?lang=&member=NY15&site=ctc) - Chairman
DC Phone 202-225-4365
Fax 202-225-0816
 
Ask for them to please co-sponsor H.R.3240 and H.R. 2702.
 
Let's make ourselves heard!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: M.Capestro on July 29, 2009, 08:22:09 AM
3 DAYS AND COUNTING!
 
Quote from: M.Capestro;43777
This is our final week to reach out to our congressman before the August break.
 
Please make every effort to call, email, fax your representatives as well as...
 
Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) (http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/cgi-bin/newmemberbio.cgi?lang=&member=NY15&site=ctc) - Chairman
DC Phone 202-225-4365
Fax 202-225-0816
 
Ask for them to please co-sponsor H.R.3240 and H.R. 2702.
 
Let's make ourselves heard!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Herb Wife on July 30, 2009, 11:18:14 AM
sorry...didnt know it would show so big !(http://webmail.aol.com/43792/aol/en-us/mail/get-attachment.aspx?uid=1.26741212&folder=NewMail&partId=4&a=2105&z=4082605)
 
I placed this ad in two local papers...they started running yesterday.Maybe it will helps to get more people locally to call and let congress know we are serious about bringing Sean home! I hope I got all the important info in ( I used flyer then added local congress names)...we'll see : )
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: BrazilianForJustice on August 04, 2009, 10:19:11 AM
The House Republicans are trying to rebound in the 2010 election by targeting 70 districts held by Democrats. Those targeted satisfy at least one of these requirements: they won less than 55% of the vote last year or they represent a district carried by John McCain.

Rep. Massa is in their target list because of the 55% thing. Rep. Holt is not because he won by a higher margin. However, Holt is being targeted by Mr. Halfacre, who says also that he (Holt) should have done what Chris Smith did. (http://bringseanhome.org/forum/showthread.php?t=1787)

I think we should also target these disputed seats by educating BOTH sides of those races, so that this issue becomes part of those races and they compete to outdo each other in who favors most the bills that we favor.


  ALABAMA
  Rep. Bobby Bright, AL-02
  Rep. Parker Griffith, AL-05
  ARKANSAS
  Rep. Marion Berry, AR-01
Rep. Vic Snyder, AR-02
  Rep. Mike Ross, AR-04
  ARIZONA
  Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, AZ-01
  Rep. Harry Mitchell, AZ-05
  CALIFORNIA
  Rep. Jerry McNerney, CA-11
  Rep. Lorraine Sanchez, CA-47
  COLORADO
  Rep. Betsy Markey, CO-04
  CONNECTICUT
  Rep. Jim Himes, CT-04
  FLORIDA
  Rep. Alan Grayson, FL-08
  Rep. Ron Klein, FL-22
  Rep. Suzanne Kosmas, FL-24
  GEORGIA
  Rep. John Barrow, GA-12
  HAWAII
  Rep. Neil Abercrombie, HI-01
  IOWA
  Rep. Leonard Boswell, IA-03
  IDAHO
  Rep. Walt Minnick, ID-01
  ILLINOIS
  Rep. Debbie Halvorson, IL-11
  Rep. Bill Foster, IL-14
  INDIANA
  Rep. Brad Ellsworth, IN-08
  Rep. Baron Hill, IN-09
  KANSAS
  Rep. Dennis Moore, KS-03
  KENTUCKY
  Rep. Ben Chandler, KY-06
  LOUISIANA
  Rep. Charlie Melancon, LA-03
  MARYLAND
  Rep. Frank Kratovil, MD-01
  MICHIGAN
  Rep. Mark Schauer, MI-07
  Rep. Gary Peters, MI-09
  MISSOURI
  Rep. Ike Skelton, MO-04
  MISSISSIPPI
  Rep. Travis Childers, MS-01
  NORTH CAROLINA
  Rep. Larry Kissell, NC-08
  NORTH DAKOTA
  Rep. Earl Pomeroy, ND-At Large
  NEW HAMPSHIRE
  Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, NH-01
  Rep. Paul Hodes, NH-02
  NEW JERSEY
  Rep. John Adler, NJ-03
  NEW MEXICO
  Rep. Martin Heinrich, NM-01
  Rep. Harry Teague, NM-02
  NEVADA
  Rep. Dina Titus, NV-03
  NEW YORK
  Rep. Tim Bishop, NY-01
  Rep. Mike McMahon, NY-13
  Rep. John Hall, NY-19
  Rep. Scott Murphy, NY-20
  Rep. Mike Arcuri, NY-24
  Rep. Dan Maffei, NY-25
  Rep. Eric Massa, NY-29
  OHIO
  Rep. Steve Driehaus, OH-01
  Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy, OH-15
  Rep. John Boccieri, OH-16
  Rep. Zack Space, OH-18
  OKLAHOMA
  Rep. Dan Boren, OK-02
  OREGON
  Rep. David Wu, OR-01
  Rep. Peter DeFazio, OR-04
  Rep. Kurt Schrader, OR-05
  PENNSYLVANIA
  Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper, PA-03
  Rep. Jason Altmire, PA-04
  Rep. Joe Sestak, PA-07
  Rep. Chris Carney, PA-10
  Rep. Paul Kanjorski, PA-11
  Rep. John Murtha, PA-12
  SOUTH DAKOTA
  Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin, SD-At large
  TEXAS
  Rep. Chet Edwards, TX-17
  UTAH
  Rep. Jim Matheson, UT-02
  VIRGINA
  Rep. Glenn Nye, VA-02
  Rep. Tom Perriello, VA-05
  Rep. Rick Boucher, VA-09
  Rep. Gerry Connolly, VA-11
  WISCONSIN
  Rep. Ron Kind, WI-03
  Rep. Dave Obey, WI-07
  Rep. Steve Kagen, WI-08
  WEST VIRGINIA
  Rep. Allen Mollahan, WV-01

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Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: jl2saint on August 04, 2009, 11:36:53 AM
Everyone needs to remember to not turn anything they do into a party issue.....We need both Rep and Dem's to support our efforts.......
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: sue on August 04, 2009, 11:43:19 AM
Do we have a list of who is sponsoring?  I have not heard back from my Congressman and have been calling all the time.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: BrazilianForJustice on August 04, 2009, 11:55:39 AM
Quote from: gail;44453
Do we have a list of who is sponsoring?  I have not heard back from my Congressman and have been calling all the time.
Still the original 7...

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d111:HR03240:@@@P
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: sue on August 04, 2009, 12:20:47 PM
Thank you.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Genenut on August 04, 2009, 12:47:12 PM
see my response in the other thread about the 2 NH districts ...
http://bringseanhome.org/forum/showthread.php?p=44460#post44460
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: BrazilianForJustice on August 04, 2009, 01:26:32 PM
This is the original email:

Sent: 7/31/2009 5:50:13 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: TARGET DISTRICTS FOR 2010

Hi friends, Below you will find a list of 70 districts that the NRCC is targeting this cycle. As Chairman Sessions stated earlier this week at a pen and pad briefing, "There are people proactively coming to us. We are doing far less recruiting and more catching." With that said we have the opportunity to focus on many more districts and some unusual districts that haven’t been targeted in a long time. We are very excited about our prospects in 2010 and look forward to having your support! If you have questions about a particular district please shoot me a note.

Have a great weekend!

AL-02   Rep. Bobby Bright                  NM-01   Rep. Martin Heinrich
AL-05   Rep. Parker Griffith                NM-02   Rep. Harry Teague
AR-01   Rep. Marion Berry                 NV-03   Rep. Dina Titus
AR-02   Rep. Vic Snyder                    NY-01   Rep. Tim Bishop
AR-04   Rep. Mike Ross                      NY-13   Rep. Mike McMahon
AZ-01   Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick             NY-19   Rep. John Hall
AZ-05   Rep. Harry Mitchell               NY-20   Scott Murphy
CA-11   Rep. Jerry McNerney              NY-24   Rep. Mike Arcuri
CA-47   Rep. Sanchez, Lo.                  NY-25   Rep. Dan Maffei
CO-04   Rep. Betsy Markey                NY-29   Rep. Eric Massa
CT-04   Rep. Jim Himes                  OH-01   Rep. Steve Driehaus
FL-08   Rep. Alan Grayson              OH-15   Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy
FL-22   Rep. Ron Klein                    OH-16   Rep. John Boccieri
FL-24   Rep. Suzanne Kosmas     OH-18   Rep. Zack Space
GA-12   Rep. John Barrow                OK-02   Rep. Dan Boren
HI-01   Rep. Abercrombie               OR-01   Rep. David Wu
IA-03   Rep. Leonard Boswell           OR-04   Rep. Peter DeFazio
ID-01   Rep. Walt Minnick                   OR-05   Rep. Kurt Schrader
IL-11   Rep. Debbie Halvorson      PA-03   Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper
IL-14   Rep. Bill Foster                    PA-04   Rep. Jason Altmire
IN-08   Rep. Brad Ellsworth             PA-07   Rep. Joe Sestak
IN-09   Rep. Baron Hill                      PA-10   Rep. Chris Carney
KS-03   Rep. Dennis Moore            PA-11   Rep. Paul Kanjorski
KY-06   Rep. Ben Chandler          PA-12   Rep. Jack Murtha
LA-03   Rep. Charlie Melancon   SD-AL   Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin
MD-01   Rep. Frank Kratovil            TX-17   Rep. Chet Ewards
MI-07   Rep. Mark Schauer              UT-02   Rep. Jim Matheson
MI-09   Rep. Gary Peters                 VA-02   Rep. Glenn Nye
MO-04   Rep. Ike Skelton               VA-05   Rep. Tom Perriello
MS-01   Rep. Travis Childers         VA-09   Rep. Rick Boucher
NC-08   Rep. Larry Kissell             VA-11   Rep. Gerry Connolly  
ND-AL   Rep. Earl Pomeroy          WI-03   Rep. Ron Kind
NH-01   Shea-Porter                       WI-07   Rep. Dave Obey
NH-02   Rep. Paul Hodes          WI-08   Rep. Steve Kagen
NJ-03   Rep. John Adler               WV-01   Rep. Alan Mollahan
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: LukieD on August 17, 2009, 10:08:06 PM
Below is the "Dear Colleague" letter that was sent from Congressman Smith to all 434 of his colleagues in the House of Representatives. No excuses, they all received it.
 
Please Support the International Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009
 
From: The Honorable Christopher H. Smith
Sent By: allison.hollabaugh@mail.house.gov
Bill: H.R. 3240
Date: 7/29/2009
 
 
Co-Sponsors: Mr. Frank Wolf, Mr. Ted Poe, Mr. Jeff Fortenberry, Mr. Bob Inglis, Mr. Alan Mollohan,

Ms. Loretta Sanchez, Mr. James Sensenbrenner, Mr. Jim Moran, Mr. John Duncan

 
 
Dear Colleague,
 
Over the last six months I have heard from left behind parents all over the country. They tell me that our current system of addressing international spousal child abduction is not functioning as it should be and that it is not meeting their needs as left behind parents.
 
More than 1,900 American parents wait, and wait, and wait, for their abducted child to be returned to them. Over 2,800 American children are being held in foreign countries against the wishes of their American parent. Most of these cases have been dragging on for years—years of loving relationships and happy memories that these parents will never get back even if they do see their child(ren) again someday.
 
Abducted children often loose their relationship with their mom or their dad, half of their identity and half of their culture. They are at risk of serious emotional and psychological problems and have been found to experience anxiety, eating problems, nightmares, mood swings, sleep disturbances, aggressive behavior, resentment, guilt and fearfulness. As adults, they may struggle with identity issues, their own personal relationships and parenting.
 
International child abduction violates the human rights of the left behind parent and the human rights of the child to know both parents. Sadly, international child abductions are on the increase—in the last three years, reported international child abductions increased 60 percent.
 
The time for words and diplomacy alone has passed. On July 16, 2009, I introduced H.R. 3240, The International Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 (http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_bills&docid=f:h3240ih.txt.pdf).
 
H.R. 3240 empowers the United States to more aggressively pursue the resolution of abduction cases. Under this new law, when a country has shown a pattern of non-cooperation in resolving child abduction cases, the President will be able to respond decisively with a range of penalties identical to those enacted in 1998 as part of the International Religious Freedom Act (with the addition of a statement on non-reciprocity under the Hague Convention).
 
H.R. 3240 will also raise the profile of international abduction with the position of Ambassador at Large for International Child Abduction to advise the Secretary of State. The Ambassador will head the office charged with helping left behind parents secure the return of their children.
 
H.R. 3240 authorizes much needed resources for this office and expands its ability to collect detailed information on abductions—providing needed tools to policy makers and judges.
 
Our current system is not doing justice for left behind parents or for children whisked away from their mom or dad. Please join me in supporting the International Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 and end the nightmare of abduction.
 
Allison Hollabaugh (Allison.Hollabaugh@mail.house.gov (Allison.Hollabaugh@mail.house.gov)) in my office is available to answer any questions you may have.
 
Sincerely,
 
CHRISTOPHER H. SMITH
 
Member of Congress
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: LukieD on August 17, 2009, 10:10:12 PM
Below is a section by section of HR 3240 provided by Rep Smith's office.
 
H.R. 3240 International Child Abduction Protection Act



Section 102: Requires an Annual Report from the Office on International Child Abductions. This report will include the Hague Compliance Report, similar reporting on abductions to countries with which the United States has memorandum of understanding or no agreements on a resolution process, and other information missing from the current report. The report will also discuss thematic issues, such as the training of U.S. judges in the adjudication of Hague Convention cases, best practices for reducing the use of airlines in international child abduction, and issues of international child abduction that affect the U.S. armed services in particular.

Section 201: Requires specific presidential action in response to any country designated by the President as a country with a pattern of non-cooperation.

Section 202: Requires consultations with foreign governments and left-behind parents in the United States and other interested parties before the imposition of sanctions or other measures.

Section 203: Requires a report to Congress on specific presidential actions taken in response to countries with patterns of non-cooperation.

Section 204: Lays out a variety of actions the President may employ in response to a country demonstrating a pattern of non-cooperation.

Section 205: Allows the President to not apply or maintain any presidential action that compromises procurement of defense articles.

Section 206: Allows for presidential waiver of actions where the country has resolved the unresolved cases and taken steps to prevent a recurrence of unresolved cases, or where waiver would further the goals of the Act.

Section 207: Requires presidential determinations and actions to be published in the federal register.

Section 208: Describes the termination of presidential actions.

Section 209: Precludes judicial review of any presidential determination under the Act.

Section 210: Amends the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to include a pattern of non-cooperation and the counsel of the Ambassador at Large for International Child Abduction in determinations of prohibition on economic assistance and on military assistance.

Section 211: Amends the International Financial Institutions Act to include a pattern of non-cooperation in determinations of whether the country engages in a pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights.

Section 212: Amends the Generalized System of Preferences to exclude from eligibility countries that engage in patterns of non-cooperation.

Section 301: Amends the restriction for the issuance of passports for children under age 14 to allow for issuance passports in limited situations involving joint custody abroad.

Section 302: Authorizes appropriation of such sums as may be necessary 2010-2013.

Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: kmoor88 on August 18, 2009, 09:33:59 AM
Thank You Lukie D for the last 2 posts.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Caldwell on August 25, 2009, 03:59:55 PM
I was just reading the bill again more thoroughly, and I have this important question:
 
In Section 2 Findings, Sense of Congress, Purpose:
 
"In 2008, the Central Authority for the United States responded to cases involving 776 children abducted from the United States to countries with which the United States enjoys reciprocal obligations under the Hague Convention, but during that same time period only 248 children were returned from Hague Convention countries to the United States. Also in 2008, the United States Central Authority reported 344 newly filed Hague Convention applications involving 484 children wrongly removed to or retained in the ffice:smarttags" />United States. Two hundred ten children were returned under the Convention to their country of habitual residence."

Just doing a little math, 32% of the 776 new cases were returned to the US. In the same time-frame, the U.S. only returned 43% of the cases filed. Better, but not stellar. So, what is our "Hague Compliance Rating"?

This may have been addressed earlier in this or other threads, but I have been way too busy to be on BSH much lately. Any opinions, observations, slap me upside the heads, all welcome.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: tweinstein on August 25, 2009, 04:37:29 PM
Quote from: Caldwell;45733
Just doing a little math, 32% of the 776 new cases were returned to the US. In the same time-frame, the U.S. only returned 43% of the cases filed. Better, but not stellar. So, what is our "Hague Compliance Rating"?
This was discussed in March, but removed from the forums as it was decided that it did not support our efforts to get children back. It's somewhat hard to say exactly because you're always comparing the number of abductions in one year from the number of returns in another. In other words, you're comparing apples with oranges.

As the rate of abductions has grown dramatically recently, it is safe to say that the true return rate FROM the U.S. is higher than 43%. The State Department will claim that it is somewhere around 90%.  One researcher from England determined it to be around 50%. I guess the true number is somewhere in between.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: SageDad on August 25, 2009, 10:16:04 PM
Quote from: tweinstein;45735
This was discussed in March, but removed from the forums as it was decided that it did not support our efforts to get children back. It's somewhat hard to say exactly because you're always comparing the number of abductions in one year from the number of returns in another. In other words, you're comparing apples with oranges.

As the rate of abductions has grown dramatically recently, it is safe to say that the true return rate FROM the U.S. is higher than 43%. The State Department will claim that it is somewhere around 90%.  One researcher from England determined it to be around 50%. I guess the true number is somewhere in between.


Not sure why such a discussion would not support our efforts, but, in any case, in the US the major factor that prevents many parents from getting their children back is purely money to pay attorneys.  US attorneys, especially good ones but even poor ones, charge from 200-500 per hour.  Can you imagine a left behind father earning the average yearly wage of someone in Hondouras paying that?  With their yearly earnings they could maybe afford to pay their US attorney to work for half a normal work week.  

I'm sure the US return rate is not 90%.  That would be about as high as I would ever expect it or want it to possibly be though.  Not every application for return should be honored.  There are good reasons to deny some applications and some are not well founded.  Left behind mothers generally find it easier to find pro-bono attorneys in the US and abducting mothers coming to the US generally don't have a hard time finding a women's rights group that will foot their bill if they'll claim they were fleeing abuse (and some of them were).
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: jl2saint on August 26, 2009, 09:06:38 AM
Quote from: carlos;45744
I'm sure the US return rate is not 90%. That would be about as high as I would ever expect it or want it to possibly be though.

 
My guess is that there have been substantial returns, and there are probably many other cases which are not so cut and dry and require some research.....thus a delay ( A U.S. delay, not a Brazilian delay ).........

But either way, it's better than 0% like some countries we know of.......
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: SageDad on September 02, 2009, 05:05:43 PM
It would be really good if we could add to this bill making expenses incurred by LBP's in seeking their children's return tax-deductible...
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: greg4sean on September 05, 2009, 11:48:41 PM
I got this response, below, from my congresswoman to my letters, emails, and phone calls about HR 2702 and HR 3240, I never mentioned H Res 125! :mad2:
 
If you are in my district we really need to push her. I have been trying to get an appointment with her during the break and will keep trying when she is in town and if I can get one in Washington I will fly up to talk with her. If anyone has any ideas on how to get a better response then this please let me know.
 
“Thank you for contacting me about the case of Sean Goldman and H. Res. 125. I appreciated hearing your thoughts on this issue.
 
As you may know, on March 4, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton indicated that she supports efforts to allow David Goldman to regain custody of his son, Sean, in the United States. Clinton revealed that she has "raise[d the issue] at the highest levels of the Brazilian government." I support Secretary Clinton's efforts, and I hope that Brazil will allow Sean Goldman to return home to his father.
 
H. Res. 125 calls on the Brazilian government to abide by the Hague Convention to facilitate and support federal judicial proceedings related to the return of Sean Goldman to his father. You will be pleased to know that this resolution passed the House with my support on March 11.
 
Again, thank you for contacting me. Please continue to keep me informed on the issues that are important to you. For more information on my work in Congress, or to sign up to receive my e-newsletter, please feel free to visit the 12th District's website at http://kaygranger.house.gov (http://kaygranger.house.gov/).
Sincerely,
 
 
Kay Granger
Member of Congress"
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: M.Capestro on September 08, 2009, 07:54:00 AM
Congress is back in session...
 
Pick up those phones, folks and let's be heard folks!
 
Please refer to LukieD's "Dear Colleague" posts as a refresher...
http://bringseanhome.org/forum/showpost.php?p=45394&postcount=33
http://bringseanhome.org/forum/showpost.php?p=45396&postcount=34
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Caldwell on September 09, 2009, 07:54:10 PM
Calling out Rep. Dan Maffei (NY):  I have officially been bumped downhill to a legislative aide (who I have yet to converse or correspond with), who I think is a recent college grad. Great. I went from a personal meeting with Maffei and his District Director, to emails with his Deputy Chief of Staff/Legislation Director, and she has now handed me off to junior.  Nice work, Mr. Maffei, too busy with the healthcare deal to pay any more attention? If anyone from your office is scanning these forums, get with it!!  I'll meet with, correspond with, this underling and let you all know how fruitful the dialogue is. :mad2:
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Audax on September 09, 2009, 11:25:47 PM
Quote from: greg4sean;46193
I got this response, below, from my congresswoman to my letters, emails, and phone calls about HR 2702 and HR 3240, I never mentioned H Res 125! :mad2:
 
If you are in my district we really need to push her. I have been trying to get an appointment with her during the break and will keep trying when she is in town and if I can get one in Washington I will fly up to talk with her. If anyone has any ideas on how to get a better response then this please let me know.
 
“Thank you for contacting me about the case of Sean Goldman and H. Res. 125. I appreciated hearing your thoughts on this issue.
 
As you may know, on March 4, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton indicated that she supports efforts to allow David Goldman to regain custody of his son, Sean, in the United States. Clinton revealed that she has "raise[d the issue] at the highest levels of the Brazilian government." I support Secretary Clinton's efforts, and I hope that Brazil will allow Sean Goldman to return home to his father.
 
H. Res. 125 calls on the Brazilian government to abide by the Hague Convention to facilitate and support federal judicial proceedings related to the return of Sean Goldman to his father. You will be pleased to know that this resolution passed the House with my support on March 11.
 
Again, thank you for contacting me. Please continue to keep me informed on the issues that are important to you. For more information on my work in Congress, or to sign up to receive my e-newsletter, please feel free to visit the 12th District's website at http://kaygranger.house.gov (http://kaygranger.house.gov/).
Sincerely,
 
 
Kay Granger
Member of Congress"

Anyone from Tarrant county, TX here??? We need to follow up on this so-called response. Who voted this careless person into office and pays for her? WE do. Unfortunately I live in NJ and don't have e-mail access to her. Please. Let's call her out on her behavior!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Caldwell on September 11, 2009, 10:41:48 AM
Quote from: Caldwell;46338
Calling out Rep. Dan Maffei (NY):  I have officially been bumped downhill to a legislative aide (who I have yet to converse or correspond with), who I think is a recent college grad. Great. I went from a personal meeting with Maffei and his District Director, to emails with his Deputy Chief of Staff/Legislation Director, and she has now handed me off to junior.  Nice work, Mr. Maffei, too busy with the healthcare deal to pay any more attention? If anyone from your office is scanning these forums, get with it!!  I'll meet with, correspond with, this underling and let you all know how fruitful the dialogue is. :mad2:


I am THRILLED to announce the following:

Rep Dan Maffei (NY 25) just emailed to say he is signing on as co-sponsor of 2702, 3240, AND 2737.  Woo-hoo!! One lobbyist, no budget, persistence, three bills co-sponsored. You can do it, too. Keep calling and writing. I know it is tougher now that they are back in DC, but keep it coming. FYI, Maffei is a Democrat, so this builds bi-partisanship for these bills (which are, of course, as non-partisan as they get).
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: SageDad on September 11, 2009, 11:18:50 AM
Quote from: Caldwell;46442

I am THRILLED to announce the following:

Rep Dan Maffei (NY 25) just emailed to say he is signing on as co-sponsor of 2702, 3240, AND 2737.  Woo-hoo!! One lobbyist, no budget, persistence, three bills co-sponsored. You can do it, too. Keep calling and writing. I know it is tougher now that they are back in DC, but keep it coming. FYI, Maffei is a Democrat, so this builds bi-partisanship for these bills (which are, of course, as non-partisan as they get).


:clapping::cheer::cheer::cheer::cheer::clapping:

Thank you for all your hard work.  I was beginning to doubt your Rep from your last few posts but your persistence certainly did pay off.

I really haven't pushed my representatives to sponsor anything.  Not for lack of desire, I just felt burned out from writing them to help me in Mexico with little to show for it except some letters of encouragement.  There's an ugly reality in that there is very little they can do to help me in Mexico directly, but they can pass these laws here in the US.

Your effort has inspired me.  I'm not going to rest till my representative, David Price, signs on too.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: LukieD on September 11, 2009, 11:47:18 AM
Quote from: Caldwell;46442
I am THRILLED to announce the following:
Rep Dan Maffei (NY 25) just emailed to say he is signing on as co-sponsor of 2702, 3240, AND 2737. Woo-hoo!! One lobbyist, no budget, persistence, three bills co-sponsored. You can do it, too. Keep calling and writing. I know it is tougher now that they are back in DC, but keep it coming. FYI, Maffei is a Democrat, so this builds bi-partisanship for these bills (which are, of course, as non-partisan as they get).

This is great news because the more co-sponsors we can line up behind these two bills, especially Democrats, the better our chances of success with this legislation. Every new co-sponsor we add is a small victory.
 
And the one thing I'd mention to Caldwell, Mike Berry and all the others who've done such great work here, don't stop once you've gotten your Reps to agree to co-sponsor. Ask them to take the additional step of rallying their colleagues to support a great piece of legislation. That cannot be emphasized enough. Co-sponsorship is great, but the extra efforts to make calls to their colleagues in the House to get behind this bill is ultimately what will determine its chances of becoming law one day as the bill works its way through the legislative process.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: kmoor88 on September 12, 2009, 09:11:28 AM
Great job Caldwell!!! I am still working on Levin, he seem more pleased when he seen that HR3240 was a bi-partisan bill.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Caldwell on September 12, 2009, 10:43:01 AM
Quote from: LukieD;46450
This is great news because the more co-sponsors we can line up behind these two bills, especially Democrats, the better our chances of success with this legislation. Every new co-sponsor we add is a small victory.
 
And the one thing I'd mention to Caldwell, Mike Berry and all the others who've done such great work here, don't stop once you've gotten your Reps to agree to co-sponsor. Ask them to take the additional step of rallying their colleagues to support a great piece of legislation. That cannot be emphasized enough. Co-sponsorship is great, but the extra efforts to make calls to their colleagues in the House to get behind this bill is ultimately what will determine its chances of becoming law one day as the bill works its way through the legislative process.

I agree completely. I've offered to help him any way I can with colleagues. It only makes sense that a Rep would want a bill that they co-sponsor to be successful and become law.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: M.Capestro on September 19, 2009, 10:19:53 AM
Quote from: Caldwell;46442

I am THRILLED to announce the following:

Rep Dan Maffei (NY 25) just emailed to say he is signing on as co-sponsor of 2702, 3240, AND 2737.  Woo-hoo!! One lobbyist, no budget, persistence, three bills co-sponsored. You can do it, too. Keep calling and writing. I know it is tougher now that they are back in DC, but keep it coming. FYI, Maffei is a Democrat, so this builds bi-partisanship for these bills (which are, of course, as non-partisan as they get).

Caldwell, Wondering if another "Thank You" note to Maffei might be in order just to remind him of his promise. Just checked the Thomas directory and still don't see his name attached to any of these above resolutions.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Packman on September 20, 2009, 09:01:55 AM
Quote from: carlos;46077
It would be really good if we could add to this bill making expenses incurred by LBP's in seeking their children's return tax-deductible...

I agree!  I'm new to this forum and don't want to ruffle any feathers but after reading through the verbage of the bill, what does it actually do for people?  

Where is it that, judgements and visitations would be suspended to non-compliant and non-Hague countries?

Where is it that homeland security will be checking rigorously outgoing children from the US?

Where is the LPB legal trust fund to fight the legal system in foreign countries.  This kids are US citizens being denied their rights?  Doesn't the USG have some obligation?
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Caldwell on September 20, 2009, 02:22:47 PM
Quote from: M.Capestro;46655
Caldwell, Wondering if another "Thank You" note to Maffei might be in order just to remind him of his promise. Just checked the Thomas directory and still don't see his name attached to any of these above resolutions.

Received confirmation from his staff today that he is on board, it is up to Chris Smith's staff to list the cosponsors, and that may be the delay. He will email with confirmation when it is listed.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: LukieD on September 20, 2009, 02:58:16 PM
Quote from: Caldwell;46665
Received confirmation from his staff today that he is on board, it is up to Chris Smith's staff to list the cosponsors, and that may be the delay. He will email with confirmation when it is listed.

I think the Reps who co-sponsor must contact Chris Smith's office in order to be officially added as a co-sponsor to the bill, if I'm, not mistaken.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Caldwell on September 21, 2009, 11:32:53 AM
Quote from: LukieD;46667
I think the Reps who co-sponsor must contact Chris Smith's office in order to be officially added as a co-sponsor to the bill, if I'm, not mistaken.
Yes, and Maffei's office has done that, and it is up to Smith's office to list them officially.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Sashia on September 30, 2009, 08:24:34 PM
Want to get on your soapbox? Here's a chance to publicize David/Sean plight, and that of all the other abducted children. 4 Free soapbox entries per month, targeting people who are already familiar with the legislative system.
Below is an excerpt from an email I received.
I'm already a member.
 
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Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: kmoor88 on September 30, 2009, 10:14:08 PM
Thanks Sashia. It goes directly to both senators and the congressman for my district.
They are going to think I am their conscience pretty soon. I like the part that you can send this message to friends to join in for more support.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Audax on October 01, 2009, 12:02:14 AM
Quote from: Sashia;47013
Want to get on your soapbox? Here's a chance to publicize David/Sean plight, and that of all the other abducted children. 4 Free soapbox entries per month, targeting people who are already familiar with the legislative system.
Below is an excerpt from an email I received.
I'm already a member.
 
http://www.congress.org/register
 
Dear Congress.org subscriber,
 
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As an added bonus, we've now made Soapbox alerts free.
This feature allows you to write messages to the Congress.org community encouraging people to write Congress about your issue. You can write up to four a month as a registered user — at no cost. You can register here (http://capwiz.com/congressorg/utr/1/LZKCLIQPBD/BTDKLIRVHI/4011306396).
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Ohhh, nice one! They'll soon get sick and tired of me.
 
 
 


Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Audax on October 01, 2009, 12:23:59 AM
My first post is up on the soapbox. Registration was quick and easy. Come on. You all can do this.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: JerseyGirl on October 01, 2009, 11:08:56 AM
Good News.......... ! ! ! ! ! ! !
 
Since yesterday there are 10 more cosponsors for H.R.3240 ! ! !
 
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/R?d111:FLD003:@1(Rep+Smith+Christopher):
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: jl2saint on October 01, 2009, 11:13:26 AM
Quote from: JerseyGirl;47033
Good News.......... ! ! ! ! ! ! !
 
Since yesterday there are 10 more cosponsors for H.R.3240 ! ! !
 
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/R?d111:FLD003:@1(Rep+Smith+Christopher):

Woner what happened?

Whatever it was, I like it...I'd like it more if we could get these same people to do 2702 also......
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: ProudDaddy on October 01, 2009, 11:48:29 AM
Quote from: jl2saint;47034
Woner what happened?
 
Whatever it was, I like it...I'd like it more if we could get these same people to do 2702 also......
It must be the repercussion of this recent case in Japan...
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: greg4sean on October 01, 2009, 12:03:28 PM
Quote from: JerseyGirl;47033
Good News.......... ! ! ! ! ! ! !
 
Since yesterday there are 10 more cosponsors for H.R.3240 ! ! !
 
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/R?d111:FLD003:@1(Rep+Smith+Christopher):

 
That is great news and hopefully the one good thing about Christopher Savoie is that it raises awareness to people and congress that this is not just about Sean but all of the others. That this is not just about Brazil but all of the other nations, including nations like Japan who is not a signatory of the Hague. We have to keep pushing and I see that still Texas only has Ted Poe! Come on all you Jedi out there keep up the pressure!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Caldwell on October 01, 2009, 12:04:51 PM
New co-sponsors are not result of Japan incident, it takes longer than that. It's the result of effective lobbying.

Just spoke with Smith's office, there ARE new 2702 sponsors (my guy, Maffei, for one), but there has been some undefined glitch in the reporting process that should be ironed out within days. They appreciated the heads up--the list for 2702 IS growing, just has not been published yet.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: tweinstein on October 02, 2009, 06:17:25 AM
There are still some obvious co-sponsors that are missing. For example, Rep Garrett, Scott (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD%28FLD004+@4%28%28@1%28Rep+Garrett++Scott%29%29+01737%29%29) [NJ-5] and Rep Massa, Eric J. J. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD%28FLD004+@4%28%28@1%28Rep+Massa++Eric+J.+J.%29%29+01945%29%29) [NY-29] are co-sponsors of 2702, but not 3240. We should be mining the co-sponsor list for HR 125 to identify those who are likely to be more receptive to our efforts.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: mikeberry on October 02, 2009, 12:54:21 PM
Quote from: tweinstein;47078
There are still some obvious co-sponsors that are missing. For example, Rep Garrett, Scott (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD%28FLD004+@4%28%28@1%28Rep+Garrett++Scott%29%29+01737%29%29) [NJ-5] and Rep Massa, Eric J. J. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD%28FLD004+@4%28%28@1%28Rep+Massa++Eric+J.+J.%29%29+01945%29%29) [NY-29] are co-sponsors of 2702, but not 3240. We should be mining the co-sponsor list for HR 125 to identify those who are likely to be more receptive to our efforts.

I will be following up with Massa!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: mikeberry on October 02, 2009, 03:50:22 PM
I left a message for Congressman Massa asking why I have not seen his name as a co-sponsor.  Which I have him agreeing to on-air.  I beleive it is the segment posted on this site.  If I do not hear back from him before Sunday morning I will go down to the radio station and speak to him after the show.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Caldwell on October 02, 2009, 05:15:20 PM
Quote from: Caldwell;47041
New co-sponsors are not result of Japan incident, it takes longer than that. It's the result of effective lobbying.
 
Just spoke with Smith's office, there ARE new 2702 sponsors (my guy, Maffei, for one), but there has been some undefined glitch in the reporting process that should be ironed out within days. They appreciated the heads up--the list for 2702 IS growing, just has not been published yet.
CORRECTION (and concern): Smith's office just confirmed that Maffei is a co-sponsor and the register will be cleared up on Tuesday. But I also learned that THERE ARE NO OTHER pending 2702 co-sponsors. I agree with tweinstein, we need to mine the previous Resolution supporters and try to gain momentum back on this or it will die.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: mikeberry on October 05, 2009, 03:38:42 PM
I just missed Congressman Massa Sunday.  It has been very busy for me lately.  I just left another message asking about the status of his co-sponsorship to 3240.  I will keep you posted.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: jl2saint on October 06, 2009, 08:59:53 AM
Quote from: mikeberry;47303
I just missed Congressman Massa Sunday. It has been very busy for me lately. I just left another message asking about the status of his co-sponsorship to 3240. I will keep you posted.

Meet your new cosponsor..He stated that he would cosponsor both 3240 and 2702 AND take them in front  of the Va. delegation also to try and get the rest in Va. to do the same.......

More to follow
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: ENR on October 06, 2009, 09:23:15 AM
Nice Job JL!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: kmoor88 on October 06, 2009, 09:46:05 AM
Great Job JL. We had no doubt that you would get him to co-sponsor.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: mikeberry on October 06, 2009, 11:05:17 AM
Great Job!!!!!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: mikeberry on October 06, 2009, 11:10:16 AM
I just left another message for Congressman Massa.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Audax on October 06, 2009, 10:10:43 PM
Have you made any phone calls today or written a letter to your officials? Let's not slow down!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Bree on October 06, 2009, 11:31:30 PM
Quote from: Audax;47352
Have you made any phone calls today or written a letter to your officials? Let's not slow down!

I have yet another letter written to send via fax to my Congressman in DC.  I've called, faxed, emailed...I'm not sure what else to do.  Sadly, I see NO Florida congressmen/women on either co-sponsor list.  :madgo:
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Audax on October 06, 2009, 11:41:13 PM
Quote from: Bree;47359
I have yet another letter written to send via fax to my Congressman in DC. I've called, faxed, emailed...I'm not sure what else to do. Sadly, I see NO Florida congressmen/women on either co-sponsor list. :madgo:

I feel your frustration....:burn:
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Bree on October 07, 2009, 10:50:18 AM
Quote from: Audax;47361
I feel your frustration....:burn:

I don't understand their lack of compassion or cooperation.  It's a no-brainer to me!  If it were their child, or grandchildren, I'm sure the bills would have been passed before the break.  Or better yet, there wouldn't have been a need for a bill, they would use their power to retrieve them.  :rolleyes:
 
So frustrating!  :mad2:
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: M.Capestro on October 08, 2009, 08:02:33 AM
As of this morning, there are 19 co-sponsors for 3240:
 
Rep Blackburn, Marsha (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Blackburn++Marsha))+01748))) [TN-7] - 9/30/2009Rep Burton, Dan (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Burton++Dan))+00154))) [IN-5] - 9/30/2009
Rep Duncan, John J., Jr. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Duncan++John+J.++Jr.))+00322))) [TN-2] - 9/30/2009Rep Emerson, Jo Ann (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Emerson++Jo+Ann))+01481))) [MO-8] - 9/30/2009
Rep Fortenberry, Jeff (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Fortenberry++Jeff))+01793))) [NE-1] - 7/16/2009Rep Franks, Trent (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Franks++Trent))+01707))) [AZ-2] - 9/30/2009
Rep Inglis, Bob (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Inglis++Bob))+00582))) [SC-4] - 7/16/2009Rep Lungren, Daniel E. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Lungren++Daniel+E.))+00717))) [CA-3] - 9/30/2009
Rep Maffei, Daniel B. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Maffei++Daniel+B.))+01943))) [NY-25] - 9/30/2009Rep Massa, Eric J. J. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Massa++Eric+J.+J.))+01945))) [NY-29] - 10/7/2009
Rep McMorris Rodgers, Cathy (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+McMorris+Rodgers++Cathy))+01809))) [WA-5] - 9/30/2009Rep Mollohan, Alan B. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Mollohan++Alan+B.))+00824))) [WV-1] - 7/16/2009
Rep Moran, James P. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Moran++James+P.))+00832))) [VA-8] - 9/30/2009Rep Poe, Ted (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Poe++Ted))+01802))) [TX-2] - 7/16/2009
Rep Sanchez, Loretta (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Sanchez++Loretta))+01522))) [CA-47] - 7/16/2009Rep Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Sensenbrenner++F.+James++Jr.))+01041))) [WI-5] - 7/16/2009
Rep Souder, Mark E. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Souder++Mark+E.))+01089))) [IN-3] - 9/30/2009Rep Wittman, Robert J. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Wittman++Robert+J.))+01886))) [VA-1] - 10/7/2009
Rep Wolf, Frank R. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Wolf++Frank+R.))+01238))) [VA-10] - 7/16/2009
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: jl2saint on October 08, 2009, 08:36:54 AM
Quote from: M.Capestro;47457
As of this morning, there are 19 co-sponsors for 3240:
 
Rep Blackburn, Marsha (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Blackburn++Marsha))+01748))) [TN-7] - 9/30/2009Rep Burton, Dan (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Burton++Dan))+00154))) [IN-5] - 9/30/2009
Rep Duncan, John J., Jr. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Duncan++John+J.++Jr.))+00322))) [TN-2] - 9/30/2009Rep Emerson, Jo Ann (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Emerson++Jo+Ann))+01481))) [MO-8] - 9/30/2009
Rep Fortenberry, Jeff (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Fortenberry++Jeff))+01793))) [NE-1] - 7/16/2009Rep Franks, Trent (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Franks++Trent))+01707))) [AZ-2] - 9/30/2009
Rep Inglis, Bob (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Inglis++Bob))+00582))) [SC-4] - 7/16/2009Rep Lungren, Daniel E. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Lungren++Daniel+E.))+00717))) [CA-3] - 9/30/2009
Rep Maffei, Daniel B. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Maffei++Daniel+B.))+01943))) [NY-25] - 9/30/2009Rep Massa, Eric J. J. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Massa++Eric+J.+J.))+01945))) [NY-29] - 10/7/2009
Rep McMorris Rodgers, Cathy (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+McMorris+Rodgers++Cathy))+01809))) [WA-5] - 9/30/2009Rep Mollohan, Alan B. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Mollohan++Alan+B.))+00824))) [WV-1] - 7/16/2009
Rep Moran, James P. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Moran++James+P.))+00832))) [VA-8] - 9/30/2009Rep Poe, Ted (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Poe++Ted))+01802))) [TX-2] - 7/16/2009
Rep Sanchez, Loretta (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Sanchez++Loretta))+01522))) [CA-47] - 7/16/2009Rep Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Sensenbrenner++F.+James++Jr.))+01041))) [WI-5] - 7/16/2009
Rep Souder, Mark E. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Souder++Mark+E.))+01089))) [IN-3] - 9/30/2009Rep Wittman, Robert J. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Wittman++Robert+J.))+01886))) [VA-1] - 10/7/2009
Rep Wolf, Frank R. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Wolf++Frank+R.))+01238))) [VA-10] - 7/16/2009

There's my guy....Way to go Rob Wittman........
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: mikeberry on October 08, 2009, 10:50:09 AM
There is Massa!  Yeah!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Lexi on October 08, 2009, 12:57:03 PM
Quote from: mikeberry;47476
There is Massa! Yeah!

Well done mikeberry (and extra points for creativity). Another great close!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: jl2saint on October 08, 2009, 03:38:47 PM
Quote from: jl2saint;47464
There's my guy....Way to go Rob Wittman........

 
I called today to thank Rob Wittman and AGAIN asked to speak to the head cheese of the day....It turned out that just by asking that way, I got his head staffer who was also in the room w/ us when I made my pitch on Monday......

HE BROUGHT UP the fact that they were still going to go to the Va. delegation and try to drum up more support for these bills. SO I was happy to hear that he remembered me asking and his commitment to try........

If there is anyone else from Va. in here, let me know. We need to call YOUR congressman/woman and brief them on these issues........
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: M.Capestro on October 10, 2009, 08:25:33 AM
Bill Sanctions Countries That Refuse To Help Left-Behind Parents
http://jacksontimes.micromediapubs.com/news/2009/1010/government/014.html

NEW JERSEY - The case of an American father who has been arrested in Japan for attempting to regain access to his children, taken to Japan by his ex-wife in violation of a U.S. court order, is helping to raise awareness of the increasing problem of international parental child abduction and the heartbreak and frustration suffered by the parents left behind.

 "International child abduction violates the rights of the left behind parent and the rights of the child to know both parents," said Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a congressional representative to the United Nations. "Sadly, international child abductions are on the increase. In the last three years, reported internaXtional child abductions have increased 60 percent."

Christopher Savoie of Tennessee

"There is an opportunity here to turn a new page," Smith said. "There is guarded hope, and to me encouraging signs that the new administration under the leadership of Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama will approach the issue of international parental child abduction in a way that recognizes was arrested in Japan after he attempted to reclaim his two children who were taken to Japan by his ex-wife recently in violation of a U.S. court order. Savoie was taken into custody and is facing criminal charges. Historically, parents left beXhind when their children are abducted to Japan have little hope and little recourse for justice because the Japanese government ignores U.S. family court rulings and will not honor the rights of American parents. Even in extreme casXes such as when the abducting parent passes away, the Japanese government has not returned the child to the left behind parent. In fact, there is no known case of Japan ever returning an abducted Japanese-American child to the left behind parent.

  Smith has been working to push the U. S. Congress and the Obama administration to better address international child abductions in Japan and elsewhere around the world. In July, he introduced the International Child Abduction the right of the adult parent. The case of Chris Savoie sheds light on the more than 100 open cases of American parents who have been blocked from their rightful access to their children in Japan. "I urge the Prime Minister to see this incident as a catalyst," Smith said. "He should form a task force and deal expeditiously, compassionately and judiciously to bring reconciliation and reunification to children abducted to Japan and their parents left behind."

 "My legislation, H. R. 3240 empowers the United States to more aggressively pursue the resolution of abduction cases," Smith said at a press conference alongside left behind parents from across the country whose children have been abducted to Japan and Brazil. One case has garnered significant attention: David Goldman, the father of abducted American-born Sean Goldman, now 9, has been fighting to bring Sean home from Brazil for more than five years. There are currently over 2,800 American children being held in foreign countries against the wishes of a left behind parent.

"Empower the ambassador at large to pursue additional legal frameworks abroad, including system is not providing justice for left behind parents or for children whisked away from their mom or dad. Congress must act so that more children are not further traumatized by parental abduction." Key provisions of the Smith legislation: Require the president to respond with a range of mutually reinforcing penalties, including sanctions against a country, when that country has shown a pattern of non-cooperation in resolving child abduction cases.

 Create the position of ambassador at large for international child abduction within the State Department to advise the Secretary of State and raise the profile of the more than 2,800 children who have been abducted. Bilateral agreements with countries that have not yet acceded to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Authorize greater resources for a new office within the State Department to better assist left behind parents and expand the State Department's ability to collect detailed information on abductions.

 "Child abduction is child abuse," Smith said. "The kidnapped child is at risk for serious emotional and psychological problems. As adults, they may struggle with identity issues, their own personal relationships and parenting. We can and must do better to help children abducted by a parent and to assist the parents left behind."
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: greg4sean on October 11, 2009, 01:52:15 PM
Check out the video "Clinton Intervenes O'Brien/Booker feud" at
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036697/ns/msnbc_tv-hardball_with_chris_matthews/ns/msnbc_tv-hardball_with_chris_matthews
 
Just sent this via email and snail mail. :mad2: SOS Clinton apparently has time to do skits on The Tonight Show but has no time to come out and support 3240. She has time to do this skit but no time to travel to Mexico, Brazil and the other nations who have our abducted American Citizen Children. I admit that this Jedi is starting down the road of Anger that leads to the way of the Sith! Yoda is trying to help.
 
President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton,
 
I sent this email, below, to Chris Matthews in response to Secretary of State Clinton on the Tonight Show. Mr. President our patients is running thin in regards to International Child Abduction, well over 2,800 American Citizen Children have been abducted and that number grows every day. We need to see you working to fix this problem and one way would be for you and Secretary of State Clinton to come out publically in support of H.R. 3240 and not do skits on the Tonight show.
 
If she has time for that she and you have time to do a press conference in support of H.R.3240 and to take trips to Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Pakistan, India and many nations who have our Abducted American Children. I will tell you now sir that this issue will be the biggest issue for midterm elections and the next presidential election for me and will trump all others.
 
This issues should be at the top of your list in regards to our relationship with other nations and the lack of them honoring the Hague convention must be taken into account before we agree to any new treaties with them or financial support and aid for those nations, and for nations who are not signatory nations of the Hague the message should be join or we will not enter into any new treaties or agreements.
 
Please come out publically in support of H.R.3240. Join with Chris Smith of New Jersey to make this happen. This bill should pass both houses by a unanimous vote and signed into law by you. Thank you for your time and please help these kids.
 
From: Greg Wood
To: Chris Matthews
Sent: Sunday, October 11, 2009 12:15 PM
Subject: Clinton intervenes in O'Brien/Booker Feud
 
Chris,
Could you check with Secretary of State Clinton why she has time to do a skit on The tonight Show about the O'Brien/Booker feud instead of helping bring back over 2,800 (and growing) Abducted American Citizen Children and not come out publically in support of The International Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 (H.R. 3240). If she has time for this she has time to go to Japan, Mexico, Brazil, India, Pakistan, and many nations who our American Citizen Children have been abducted to. I thought America voted for "Change" and not the same. Bush did nothing about this problem and so far they can't even come out publically in support of a bill that will give them more tools and powers to deal with the issue of International Child Abduction. If she has time to do skits she has time to go to these countries and fight for our American Citizen Children.
 
Greg Wood
Fort Worth, Texas
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Herb Wife on October 12, 2009, 12:35:32 PM
Quote from: jl2saint;47464
There's my guy....Way to go Rob Wittman........

 
I am so sad that Tierney has not co-sponsored yet. I have called emailed and met with him...I have followed up yet still no co-sponsor...anybody else in MA wanna give him a call? Maybe if he see's that its not "just me"!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: M.Capestro on October 14, 2009, 10:24:15 AM
HR 3240 now has 21 co-sponsors:
 
Rep Poe, Ted (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Poe++Ted))+01802))) [TX-2] - 7/16/2009Rep Mollohan, Alan B. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Mollohan++Alan+B.))+00824))) [WV-1] - 7/16/2009
Rep Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Sensenbrenner++F.+James++Jr.))+01041))) [WI-5] - 7/16/2009Rep Wolf, Frank R. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Wolf++Frank+R.))+01238))) [VA-10] - 7/16/2009
Rep Inglis, Bob (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Inglis++Bob))+00582))) [SC-4] - 7/16/2009Rep Sanchez, Loretta (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Sanchez++Loretta))+01522))) [CA-47] - 7/16/2009
Rep Fortenberry, Jeff (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Fortenberry++Jeff))+01793))) [NE-1] - 7/16/2009Rep Blackburn, Marsha (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Blackburn++Marsha))+01748))) [TN-7] - 9/30/2009
Rep Souder, Mark E. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Souder++Mark+E.))+01089))) [IN-3] - 9/30/2009Rep Moran, James P. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Moran++James+P.))+00832))) [VA-8] - 9/30/2009
Rep Duncan, John J., Jr. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Duncan++John+J.++Jr.))+00322))) [TN-2] - 9/30/2009Rep McMorris Rodgers, Cathy (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+McMorris+Rodgers++Cathy))+01809))) [WA-5] - 9/30/2009
Rep Burton, Dan (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Burton++Dan))+00154))) [IN-5] - 9/30/2009Rep Emerson, Jo Ann (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Emerson++Jo+Ann))+01481))) [MO-8] - 9/30/2009
Rep Maffei, Daniel B. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Maffei++Daniel+B.))+01943))) [NY-25] - 9/30/2009Rep Lungren, Daniel E. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Lungren++Daniel+E.))+00717))) [CA-3] - 9/30/2009
Rep Franks, Trent (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Franks++Trent))+01707))) [AZ-2] - 9/30/2009Rep Massa, Eric J. J. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Massa++Eric+J.+J.))+01945))) [NY-29] - 10/7/2009
Rep Wittman, Robert J. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Wittman++Robert+J.))+01886))) [VA-1] - 10/7/2009Rep Shimkus, John (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Shimkus++John))+01527))) [IL-19] - 10/13/2009
Rep Gutierrez, Luis V. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Gutierrez++Luis+V.))+00478))) [IL-4] - 10/13/2009
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: jl2saint on October 14, 2009, 10:44:16 AM
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Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: jl2saint on October 14, 2009, 10:49:06 AM
Quote from: M.Capestro;47773
HR 3240 now has 21 co-sponsors:
 
Rep Poe, Ted (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Poe++Ted))+01802))) [TX-2] - 7/16/2009Rep Mollohan, Alan B. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Mollohan++Alan+B.))+00824))) [WV-1] - 7/16/2009
Rep Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Sensenbrenner++F.+James++Jr.))+01041))) [WI-5] - 7/16/2009Rep Wolf, Frank R. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Wolf++Frank+R.))+01238))) [VA-10] - 7/16/2009
Rep Inglis, Bob (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Inglis++Bob))+00582))) [SC-4] - 7/16/2009Rep Sanchez, Loretta (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Sanchez++Loretta))+01522))) [CA-47] - 7/16/2009
Rep Fortenberry, Jeff (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Fortenberry++Jeff))+01793))) [NE-1] - 7/16/2009Rep Blackburn, Marsha (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Blackburn++Marsha))+01748))) [TN-7] - 9/30/2009
Rep Souder, Mark E. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Souder++Mark+E.))+01089))) [IN-3] - 9/30/2009Rep Moran, James P. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Moran++James+P.))+00832))) [VA-8] - 9/30/2009
Rep Duncan, John J., Jr. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Duncan++John+J.++Jr.))+00322))) [TN-2] - 9/30/2009Rep McMorris Rodgers, Cathy (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+McMorris+Rodgers++Cathy))+01809))) [WA-5] - 9/30/2009
Rep Burton, Dan (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Burton++Dan))+00154))) [IN-5] - 9/30/2009Rep Emerson, Jo Ann (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Emerson++Jo+Ann))+01481))) [MO-8] - 9/30/2009
Rep Maffei, Daniel B. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Maffei++Daniel+B.))+01943))) [NY-25] - 9/30/2009Rep Lungren, Daniel E. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Lungren++Daniel+E.))+00717))) [CA-3] - 9/30/2009
Rep Franks, Trent (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Franks++Trent))+01707))) [AZ-2] - 9/30/2009Rep Massa, Eric J. J. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Massa++Eric+J.+J.))+01945))) [NY-29] - 10/7/2009
Rep Wittman, Robert J. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Wittman++Robert+J.))+01886))) [VA-1] - 10/7/2009Rep Shimkus, John (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Shimkus++John))+01527))) [IL-19] - 10/13/2009
Rep Gutierrez, Luis V. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Gutierrez++Luis+V.))+00478))) [IL-4] - 10/13/2009

Is Moran new? From Va.?
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: jl2saint on October 14, 2009, 11:24:44 AM
I just spoke w/ Joe Shumacher who is my congressman's COS.....

The Va. delegates meeting is Oct. 22. Exactly 1 week before the hearings on Oct 29. He stated to me 2 things......

1) Rob Wittman WILL ask the other 8 congressmen in Va. to cosponsor both of these bills............

2) It is important to have as many cosponsors by the 29th as possible.....

FYI
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: tenorplus on October 14, 2009, 01:40:17 PM
I have fired off an update to my local congressman and included the list of those who, as of today, are listed as co-sponors to this bill! Hopefully, this will help to further PUSH him into action (now - that would be a fine change). He has indicated a positive direction and the time has come to "put his commitment where his 'mouth' is"! We'll keep pushing!!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: jl2saint on October 14, 2009, 01:44:34 PM
Does it seem hard getting to the last page of this thread to anyone else?
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Audax on October 14, 2009, 02:21:52 PM
Quote from: jl2saint;47791
Does it seem hard getting to the last page of this thread to anyone else?

 
Nope
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: tenorplus on October 14, 2009, 02:24:14 PM
Quote from: jl2saint;47791
Does it seem hard getting to the last page of this thread to anyone else?
No - just hit "last" and it pops right too it... and again, thanks for the energy you bring to this effort. It is so encouraging!!!!!!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Audax on October 14, 2009, 02:29:13 PM
Received a letter from Frelinghuysen (11th NJ) today advising me that his scheduler Michelle would be contacting me to set up a meeting with him 'as soon as his schedule permits'. I sent him another e-mail with the current list of co-sponsors of 3240 and advised him that the addition of his name to this list will be a deciding factor during the next elections.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: jl2saint on October 14, 2009, 03:22:54 PM
Quote from: tenorplus;47793
No - just hit "last" and it pops right too it... and again, thanks for the energy you bring to this effort. It is so encouraging!!!!!!

Thx Ten...back at ya.....

I was thinking about going to DC the 29th for the hearings. Anyone else going?
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Audax on October 14, 2009, 04:32:15 PM
Quote from: jl2saint;47798
Thx Ten...back at ya.....

I was thinking about going to DC the 29th for the hearings. Anyone else going?

I'm going. Will probably take the 8:45 Amtrak train out of Metropark.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Caldwell on October 14, 2009, 08:53:45 PM
Quote from: Audax;47794
Received a letter from Frelinghuysen (11th NJ) today advising me that his scheduler Michelle would be contacting me to set up a meeting with him 'as soon as his schedule permits'. I sent him another e-mail with the current list of co-sponsors of 3240 and advised him that the addition of his name to this list will be a deciding factor during the next elections.

A "snail mail" form letter? He's dodging you. Scan that letter in and attach it to an email to Michelle (Moallem?) and send her a reminder at least once per day, maybe more, and tell her each time that this delay is unacceptable.  Her email is probably Michelle.Moallem@mail.house.gov

Use a different word in "subject" line of your email each time. If you have friends or relatives, have them send emails, too.   Remind her that votes for Rodney's reelection are riding on this.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Audax on October 14, 2009, 09:28:43 PM
Quote from: Caldwell;47821
A "snail mail" form letter? He's dodging you. Scan that letter in and attach it to an email to Michelle (Moallem?) and send her a reminder at least once per day, maybe more, and tell her each time that this delay is unacceptable. Her email is probably Michelle.Moallem@mail.house.gov (Michelle.Moallem@mail.house.gov)
 
Use a different word in "subject" line of your email each time. If you have friends or relatives, have them send emails, too. Remind her that votes for Rodney's reelection are riding on this.

Thanks, will do.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: tenorplus on October 15, 2009, 02:30:53 PM
My congressman's office just called to indicate he is going to co-sign this bill!!!! We MUST keep pushing this ahead.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: jl2saint on October 15, 2009, 03:27:26 PM
Quote from: tenorplus;47878
My congressman's office just called to indicate he is going to co-sign this bill!!!! We MUST keep pushing this ahead.

Great job Tenor............
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: tenorplus on October 20, 2009, 10:35:09 AM
Checked with my congressman's office and they say he HAS co-sponsored this bill! However, after a week, I still see the same listing of names! Does it take that long to update this? Let's keep pushing forward - this mission is too imporant to simply leave this in the background of things!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: jl2saint on October 20, 2009, 01:47:16 PM
Quote from: tenorplus;48080
Checked with my congressman's office and they say he HAS co-sponsored this bill! However, after a week, I still see the same listing of names! Does it take that long to update this? Let's keep pushing forward - this mission is too imporant to simply leave this in the background of things!

"Thomas" is unpredictable.......

Most say that it takes 10-14 days from day of cosponsor...However, my guy was there in 3.....

And I contacted him (Wittman) again during one of my "less sick" moments today and asked him to let me know how it goes when he asks all of the Va. delegation to jump on board w/ these resolutions.....

Notice, I didn't say "are you still going to do this"? I said, "Hey, I'd really like to know what kind of response you get on Wednesday at the Va. delegation. I'd like to let my friends and family to know how many cosponcors you got us for 3240 and 2702".......:D
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: tenorplus on October 20, 2009, 03:13:32 PM
Quote from: jl2saint;48086
"Thomas" is unpredictable.......

Most say that it takes 10-14 days from day of cosponsor...However, my guy was there in 3.....

And I contacted him (Wittman) again during one of my "less sick" moments today and asked him to let me know how it goes when he asks all of the Va. delegation to jump on board w/ these resolutions.....

Notice, I didn't say "are you still going to do this"? I said, "Hey, I'd really like to know what kind of response you get on Wednesday at the Va. delegation. I'd like to let my friends and family to know how many cosponcors you got us for 3240 and 2702".......:D

THANKS... I'll keep checking, since he indicated that he DID co-sign!! Hope you feel better ~ we need you in TOP form to help keep the momentum going.:):)
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: jl2saint on October 21, 2009, 09:22:50 AM
Quote from: tenorplus;48088
THANKS... I'll keep checking, since he indicated that he DID co-sign!! Hope you feel better ~ we need you in TOP form to help keep the momentum going.:):)

I'm better....up to about 80%......I think....

But after looking at my previous "sick" post and all the bad grammar, I may still have a ways to go......lol

Good morning everyone. Lets stay on this. I have beed sending a lot of info via facebook to old friends of Dave and other concerned friends of mine and they tell me that they are making calls......so we'll see what we get done this week and next before the hearing......
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: jl2saint on October 30, 2009, 09:26:14 AM
Rep Blackburn, Marsha (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Blackburn++Marsha))+01748))) [TN-7] - 9/30/2009Rep Burton, Dan (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Burton++Dan))+00154))) [IN-5] - 9/30/2009
Rep Duncan, John J., Jr. (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Duncan++John+J.++Jr.))+00322))) [TN-2] - 9/30/2009Rep Emerson, Jo Ann (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Emerson++Jo+Ann))+01481))) [MO-8] - 9/30/2009
Rep Fortenberry, Jeff (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Fortenberry++Jeff))+01793))) [NE-1] - 7/16/2009Rep Franks, Trent (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Franks++Trent))+01707))) [AZ-2] - 9/30/2009
Rep Gutierrez, Luis V. (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Gutierrez++Luis+V.))+00478))) [IL-4] - 10/13/2009Rep Inglis, Bob (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Inglis++Bob))+00582))) [SC-4] - 7/16/2009
Rep Lungren, Daniel E. (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Lungren++Daniel+E.))+00717))) [CA-3] - 9/30/2009Rep Maffei, Daniel B. (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Maffei++Daniel+B.))+01943))) [NY-25] - 9/30/2009
Rep Massa, Eric J. J. (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Massa++Eric+J.+J.))+01945))) [NY-29] - 10/7/2009Rep McMorris Rodgers, Cathy (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+McMorris+Rodgers++Cathy))+01809))) [WA-5] - 9/30/2009
Rep Mollohan, Alan B. (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Mollohan++Alan+B.))+00824))) [WV-1] - 7/16/2009Rep Moran, James P. (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Moran++James+P.))+00832))) [VA-8] - 9/30/2009
Rep Poe, Ted (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Poe++Ted))+01802))) [TX-2] - 7/16/2009Rep Sanchez, Loretta (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Sanchez++Loretta))+01522))) [CA-47] - 7/16/2009
Rep Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Sensenbrenner++F.+James++Jr.))+01041))) [WI-5] - 7/16/2009Rep Shimkus, John (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Shimkus++John))+01527))) [IL-19] - 10/13/2009
Rep Souder, Mark E. (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Souder++Mark+E.))+01089))) [IN-3] - 9/30/2009Rep Wittman, Robert J. (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Wittman++Robert+J.))+01886))) [VA-1] - 10/7/2009
Rep Wolf, Frank R. (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Wolf++Frank+R.))+01238))) [VA-10] - 7/16/2009

Why are there no cosponsors from New Jersey?     It's a good question don't ya think? How many congressmen are there in NJ. Holt, and Smith only?

That is a place where we have a lot of people located so why are there no cosponsors from there?
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: jl2saint on October 30, 2009, 09:30:10 AM
Here are the congressmen in NJ.....Why are they not on board? I would think that all congressmen fro places like NJ ( Dave ) or TN ( Savoie ) should be easy pickin's..........Why do we not have 1 cosponsor from NJ? Not 1?

DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE PARTY
1 Robert Andrews D
2 Frank LoBiondo R
3 John Adler D
4 Chris Smith R
5 Scott Garrett R
6 Frank Pallone D
7 Leonard Lance R
8 Bill Pascrell D
9 Steve Rothman D
10 Donald Payne D
11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R
12 Rush Holt D
13 Albio Sires D
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Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Caldwell on October 30, 2009, 09:33:36 AM
Quote from: jl2saint;48450
Rep Blackburn, Marsha (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Blackburn++Marsha))+01748))) [TN-7] - 9/30/2009Rep Burton, Dan (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Burton++Dan))+00154))) [IN-5] - 9/30/2009
Rep Duncan, John J., Jr. (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Duncan++John+J.++Jr.))+00322))) [TN-2] - 9/30/2009Rep Emerson, Jo Ann (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Emerson++Jo+Ann))+01481))) [MO-8] - 9/30/2009
Rep Fortenberry, Jeff (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Fortenberry++Jeff))+01793))) [NE-1] - 7/16/2009Rep Franks, Trent (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Franks++Trent))+01707))) [AZ-2] - 9/30/2009
Rep Gutierrez, Luis V. (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Gutierrez++Luis+V.))+00478))) [IL-4] - 10/13/2009Rep Inglis, Bob (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Inglis++Bob))+00582))) [SC-4] - 7/16/2009
Rep Lungren, Daniel E. (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Lungren++Daniel+E.))+00717))) [CA-3] - 9/30/2009Rep Maffei, Daniel B. (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Maffei++Daniel+B.))+01943))) [NY-25] - 9/30/2009
Rep Massa, Eric J. J. (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Massa++Eric+J.+J.))+01945))) [NY-29] - 10/7/2009Rep McMorris Rodgers, Cathy (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+McMorris+Rodgers++Cathy))+01809))) [WA-5] - 9/30/2009
Rep Mollohan, Alan B. (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Mollohan++Alan+B.))+00824))) [WV-1] - 7/16/2009Rep Moran, James P. (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Moran++James+P.))+00832))) [VA-8] - 9/30/2009
Rep Poe, Ted (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Poe++Ted))+01802))) [TX-2] - 7/16/2009Rep Sanchez, Loretta (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Sanchez++Loretta))+01522))) [CA-47] - 7/16/2009
Rep Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Sensenbrenner++F.+James++Jr.))+01041))) [WI-5] - 7/16/2009Rep Shimkus, John (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Shimkus++John))+01527))) [IL-19] - 10/13/2009
Rep Souder, Mark E. (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Souder++Mark+E.))+01089))) [IN-3] - 9/30/2009Rep Wittman, Robert J. (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Wittman++Robert+J.))+01886))) [VA-1] - 10/7/2009
Rep Wolf, Frank R. (http://bringseanhome.org/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Wolf++Frank+R.))+01238))) [VA-10] - 7/16/2009

Why are there no cosponsors from New Jersey?     It's a good question don't ya think? How many congressmen are there in NJ. Holt, and Smith only?

That is a place where we have a lot of people located so why are there no cosponsors from there?

Here's the NJ list. I think some have been worked on.  Anybody here a constituent of these folks and want help?  I'm willing, and we know JL will join forces with anyone who asks!

Residents of New Jersey are represented in Congress by 2 Senators and 13 Representatives.
Member Name   DC Phone   DC FAX
Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D- NJ)   202-224-3224   202-228-4054
Senator Robert Menendez (D- NJ)   202-224-4744   202-228-2197
Representative Robert E. Andrews (D - 01)   202-225-6501   202-225-6583
Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (R - 02)   202-225-6572   202-225-3318
Representative John Adler (D - 03)   202-225-4765   202-225-0778
Representative Chris H. Smith (R - 04)   202-225-3765   202-225-7768
Representative Scott Garrett (R - 05)   202-225-4465   202-225-9048
Representative Frank Pallone, Jr. (D - 06)   202-225-4671   202-225-9665
Representative Leonard Lance (R - 07)   202-225-5361   202-225-9460
Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D - 08)   202-225-5751   202-225-5782
Representative Steve Rothman (D - 09)   202-225-5061   202-225-5851
Representative Donald M. Payne (D - 10)   202-225-3436   202-225-4160
Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen (R - 11)   202-225-5034   202-225-3186
Representative Rush Holt (D - 12)   202-225-5801   202-225-6025
Representative Albio Sires (D - 13)   202-225-7919   202-226-0792
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Herb Wife on October 30, 2009, 11:09:00 AM
Make use of JL...he is VERY good at talking to these congressman/woman!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: jl2saint on October 30, 2009, 02:35:18 PM
Quote from: Herb Wife;48460
Make use of JL...he is VERY good at talking to these congressman/woman!

Call me "James"......lol......;)
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Herb Wife on October 30, 2009, 03:22:58 PM
~it would be my honor~
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Caldwell on October 30, 2009, 05:03:41 PM
Did anyone ever get anywhere with Rodney Frelinghuysen?
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Audax on October 30, 2009, 08:17:01 PM
Quote from: Caldwell;48480
Did anyone ever get anywhere with Rodney Frelinghuysen?

I'm still working his office trying to get an appointment with him. And so is MPatti.
 
James, would you like to join forces with us? PLEASE!!!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: tenorplus on November 03, 2009, 08:32:32 AM
Finally received confirmation that Rep Bill Shuster from PA is co-signing HR 3240! It has been a struggle, but I recieved a letter yesterday to confirm and affirm his support. Interesting, he sighted all the BSH info for David and Sean (as if I did not already know it - :)). Oh, well - at least he is now really 'on board' and this personal letter indicated that he plans to help push this whole thing through as quickly as possible and to hold Brazil (and other countries) accountable in real ways. A small step - but one more! Keep pushing team ~ the end is not here yet!!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Caldwell on November 03, 2009, 08:48:16 AM
Quote from: tenorplus;48588
Finally received confirmation that Rep Bill Shuster from PA is co-signing HR 3240! It has been a struggle, but I recieved a letter yesterday to confirm and affirm his support. Interesting, he sighted all the BSH info for David and Sean (as if I did not already know it - :)). Oh, well - at least he is now really 'on board' and this personal letter indicated that he plans to help push this whole thing through as quickly as possible and to hold Brazil (and other countries) accountable in real ways. A small step - but one more! Keep pushing team ~ the end is not here yet!!

NOT a SMALL step. You know how much work it took, that makes it a BIG step. But we need a lot more of them. GREAT JOB!  KEEP IT UP FOLKS, WE'LL GET THIS THROUGH. (Gee, I was channeling JL there for a minute :))
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: jl2saint on November 03, 2009, 09:00:22 AM
Quote from: tenorplus;48588
Finally received confirmation that Rep Bill Shuster from PA is co-signing HR 3240! It has been a struggle, but I recieved a letter yesterday to confirm and affirm his support. Interesting, he sighted all the BSH info for David and Sean (as if I did not already know it - :)). Oh, well - at least he is now really 'on board' and this personal letter indicated that he plans to help push this whole thing through as quickly as possible and to hold Brazil (and other countries) accountable in real ways. A small step - but one more! Keep pushing team ~ the end is not here yet!!

Glad to hear it.........

Hopefully he'll show up on Thomas soooon....along w/ the others that have "verbally" committed like Tierney ............
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: jl2saint on November 03, 2009, 09:03:54 AM
Quote from: Caldwell;48589
NOT a SMALL step. You know how much work it took, that makes it a BIG step. But we need a lot more of them. GREAT JOB! KEEP IT UP FOLKS, WE'LL GET THIS THROUGH. (Gee, I was channeling JL there for a minute :))

:D  LOL...you say that like it's a bad thing......

We really need to get back on this. We need the list of cosponsors to fill up fast and it will not if we don't push it and shove these bills under their collective noses........

We aren't going to get anymore media until the next ruling or the postponed congressional hearing apparently so it's up to us........

Anyone need any help today?
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: tenorplus on November 03, 2009, 10:46:03 AM
Quote from: jl2saint;48594
:D LOL...you say that like it's a bad thing......

We really need to get back on this. We need the list of cosponsors to fill up fast and it will not if we don't push it and shove these bills under their collective noses........

We aren't going to get anymore media until the next ruling or the postponed congressional hearing apparently so it's up to us........

Anyone need any help today?
I'd say that was a compliment - and well deserved... thanks, JL for being a real forward thrust to this effort. We ALL appreciate it (and you).:cheer::cheer::cheer::cheer::cheer:
 
PS: he should appear on the list - and now we have a letter (not just a form letter either) to prove it!! I wonder who is responsible for keeping the House Record up to date? Maybe there is a bit of a bureaucratic 'snag' there as well.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: tstravis on November 03, 2009, 10:51:08 AM
Quote

Maybe there is a bit of a bureaucratic 'snag' there as well.

oh no! not another SNAFU!  
 
LOL
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Herb Wife on November 06, 2009, 10:39:19 AM
I am happy to report Congressman Tierney is co-sponsoring HR 3240! I have both verbal and written confirmation. Mr. Barrett shared a copy of his email to Tim Lynagh from Congressman Smith's office. He ( Tierney) should show up on Thomas website when they update it. He will not sign on for 2702 because he deemed it nuclear.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: kmoor88 on November 06, 2009, 10:43:13 AM
Great Job Herb Wife!!!!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: jl2saint on November 06, 2009, 10:51:58 AM
Quote from: kmoor88;48727
Great Job Herb Wife!!!!

:yeahthat:
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: tenorplus on November 06, 2009, 11:32:58 AM
It appears that the updates to co-sponsoring this bill are really quite behind, since several of us have Reps that have verbally and in written form stated that are co-sponsoring this bill. I do think we are over the indicated (21) co-sponsors. How can we get a more accurate list?
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Herb Wife on November 06, 2009, 01:54:53 PM
Quote from: tenorplus;48732
It appears that the updates to co-sponsoring this bill are really quite behind, since several of us have Reps that have verbally and in written form stated that are co-sponsoring this bill. I do think we are over the indicated (21) co-sponsors. How can we get a more accurate list?

 
 
http://thomas.loc.gov/home/contact/contact-tom-tech.php
 
 
I just left a message on this link for errors on website asking them to update sponsors for 3240 ~maybe more people could also leave a little note?
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: tenorplus on November 06, 2009, 02:02:13 PM
Quote from: Herb Wife;48735
http://thomas.loc.gov/home/contact/contact-tom-tech.php
 
 
I just left a message on this link for errors on website asking them to update sponsors for 3240 ~maybe more people could also leave a little note?
Thanks - I also [just] left a message... hope they get onto this soon. We'll keep pushing...:yeahthat:
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Bree on November 06, 2009, 04:33:45 PM
Quote from: tenorplus;48736
Thanks - I also [just] left a message... hope they get onto this soon. We'll keep pushing...:yeahthat:

I left a message too.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Herb Wife on November 06, 2009, 08:06:47 PM
I wish these tech guys handled David case...quickest reply I have gotten yet!
 
 
 
Dear Jacqueline,

Cosponsor lists tend to be updated only sporadically, as the process of becoming
a cosponsor involves physically signing a piece of paper that circulates around
the House or Senate office buildings, from what I understand. That paper has to
make its way back to the clerks before we get notified. We'll usually have the
information posted within an hour or so of notification.

Mike Newman
Library of Congress


>>> THOMAS Comments 11/6/2009 1:53 PM >>>
Below is an entry from the web form http://thomas.loc.gov/home/contact/contact-tom-tech.php (http://thomas.loc.gov/home/contact/contact-tom-tech.php)

It was submitted on Friday, November 6, 2009 at 01:53:49 PM
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: kmoor88 on November 06, 2009, 08:14:49 PM
I got my reply also.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Bree on November 07, 2009, 09:32:58 AM
I got my email reply too!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Sashia on November 07, 2009, 11:19:31 AM
Brazil to publish list of sanctions against U.S.
 
http://www.reuters.com/article/marketsNews/idUSN0619278620091106
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: JerseyGirl on November 08, 2009, 12:04:13 PM
Way to go Herb Wife and tenorplus ! ! ! :cheer: :cheer: :cheer:
 
 
Make that 23 ! Your Rep.'s are now officially listed as cosponsors of H.R. 3240 !
 
 
Rep Poe, Ted (http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Poe++Ted))+01802))) [TX-2] - 7/16/2009Rep Mollohan, Alan B. (http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Mollohan++Alan+B.))+00824))) [WV-1] - 7/16/2009
Rep Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. (http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Sensenbrenner++F.+James++Jr.))+01041))) [WI-5] - 7/16/2009Rep Wolf, Frank R. (http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Wolf++Frank+R.))+01238))) [VA-10] - 7/16/2009
Rep Inglis, Bob (http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Inglis++Bob))+00582))) [SC-4] - 7/16/2009Rep Sanchez, Loretta (http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Sanchez++Loretta))+01522))) [CA-47] - 7/16/2009
Rep Fortenberry, Jeff (http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Fortenberry++Jeff))+01793))) [NE-1] - 7/16/2009Rep Blackburn, Marsha (http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Blackburn++Marsha))+01748))) [TN-7] - 9/30/2009
Rep Souder, Mark E. (http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Souder++Mark+E.))+01089))) [IN-3] - 9/30/2009Rep Moran, James P. (http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Moran++James+P.))+00832))) [VA-8] - 9/30/2009
Rep Duncan, John J., Jr. (http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Duncan++John+J.++Jr.))+00322))) [TN-2] - 9/30/2009Rep McMorris Rodgers, Cathy (http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+McMorris+Rodgers++Cathy))+01809))) [WA-5] - 9/30/2009
Rep Burton, Dan (http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Burton++Dan))+00154))) [IN-5] - 9/30/2009Rep Emerson, Jo Ann (http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Emerson++Jo+Ann))+01481))) [MO-8] - 9/30/2009
Rep Maffei, Daniel B. (http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Maffei++Daniel+B.))+01943))) [NY-25] - 9/30/2009Rep Lungren, Daniel E. (http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Lungren++Daniel+E.))+00717))) [CA-3] - 9/30/2009
Rep Franks, Trent (http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Franks++Trent))+01707))) [AZ-2] - 9/30/2009Rep Massa, Eric J. J. (http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Massa++Eric+J.+J.))+01945))) [NY-29] - 10/7/2009
Rep Wittman, Robert J. (http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Wittman++Robert+J.))+01886))) [VA-1] - 10/7/2009Rep Shimkus, John (http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Shimkus++John))+01527))) [IL-19] - 10/13/2009
Rep Gutierrez, Luis V. (http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Gutierrez++Luis+V.))+00478))) [IL-4] - 10/13/2009Rep Tierney, John F. (http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Tierney++John+F.))+01535))) [MA-6] - 11/6/2009
Rep Shuster, Bill (http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Shuster++Bill))+01681))) [PA-9] - 11/6/2009
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Audax on November 08, 2009, 01:22:08 PM
Quote from: Sashia;48746
Brazil to publish list of sanctions against U.S.
 
http://www.reuters.com/article/marketsNews/idUSN0619278620091106


Excellent! Maybe now we can convince our government that Brazil is not such a 'great friend' after all and that it's time we have some sanctions against Brazil of our own.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: SageDad on November 08, 2009, 01:39:38 PM
Quote from: Sashia;48746
Brazil to publish list of sanctions against U.S.
 
http://www.reuters.com/article/marketsNews/idUSN0619278620091106


OH MY GOD!!  Brazil has gone "nuclear" over some cotton!!

From the article:  

The move is the strongest indication yet that Brazil intends to levy trade sanctions on Washington in the long-standing cotton dispute, which diplomats say could sour bilateral relations.

"If the United States does not change its position, we will retaliate," Lytha Spindola, executive secretary of the government's foreign trade chamber Camex, said in an interview on Friday."


From another article (http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=6d0_1237251518):

A long-simmering trade dispute boiled over into sanctions on Monday after Mexico said it would raise tariffs on $2.4bn of US exports in retaliation for ending a pilot program to allow Mexican trucks on American roads.

From yet another article (http://www.angelfire.com/mi2/aicap/MexicoAtTheICJ.html):

MEXICO CITY, Jan. 9 -- Mexico filed a complaint against the United States in the International Court of Justice today charging that American officials have violated the rights of all 54 Mexicans on death row in the United States and asking that their executions be commuted.

In its filing with the U.N. court in The Hague, Mexico argued that the United States violated the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, which guarantees people access to their country's diplomatic missions when accused of a crime in a foreign country.

Juan Manuel Gomez Robledo, the Foreign Ministry lawyer who filed the complaint, said state and local courts in the United States regularly assign Mexican defendants public defenders who "speak little or no Spanish and have no experience in death penalty cases." He said if the courts followed the treaty, Mexican consulates would provide defendants Spanish-speaking lawyers who are well-versed in U.S. capital cases, which would greatly improve chances of a fair trial.

"It's the difference between life and death," Gomez said.

Mexico has asked the court to recommend that the United States stay all 54 executions until the court rules.

It has also asked the court to recommend that the death sentences be reduced to life in prison and that the men be granted new trials with lawyers provided by the Mexican government.


Mexico just went "nuclear" over its truck drivers and condemned to death criminals!!

Can someone please remind why the United States shouldn't go "nuclear" for it's kidnapped children in trade partner countries that have signed the Hague?
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Herb Wife on November 08, 2009, 05:04:07 PM
Quote from: JerseyGirl;48756
Way to go Herb Wife and tenorplus ! ! ! :cheer: :cheer: :cheer:
 
 
Make that 23 ! Your Rep.'s are now officially listed as cosponsors of H.R. 3240 !
 
 
Rep Poe, Ted (http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Poe++Ted))+01802))) [TX-2] - 7/16/2009Rep Mollohan, Alan B. (http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Mollohan++Alan+B.))+00824))) [WV-1] - 7/16/2009
Rep Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. (http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Sensenbrenner++F.+James++Jr.))+01041))) [WI-5] - 7/16/2009Rep Wolf, Frank R. (http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Wolf++Frank+R.))+01238))) [VA-10] - 7/16/2009
Rep Inglis, Bob (http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Inglis++Bob))+00582))) [SC-4] - 7/16/2009Rep Sanchez, Loretta (http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Sanchez++Loretta))+01522))) [CA-47] - 7/16/2009
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Rep Duncan, John J., Jr. (http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Duncan++John+J.++Jr.))+00322))) [TN-2] - 9/30/2009Rep McMorris Rodgers, Cathy (http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+McMorris+Rodgers++Cathy))+01809))) [WA-5] - 9/30/2009
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Rep Wittman, Robert J. (http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Wittman++Robert+J.))+01886))) [VA-1] - 10/7/2009Rep Shimkus, John (http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Shimkus++John))+01527))) [IL-19] - 10/13/2009
Rep Gutierrez, Luis V. (http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Gutierrez++Luis+V.))+00478))) [IL-4] - 10/13/2009Rep Tierney, John F. (http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Tierney++John+F.))+01535))) [MA-6] - 11/6/2009
Rep Shuster, Bill (http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Shuster++Bill))+01681))) [PA-9] - 11/6/2009

 
 
YAHOOOOOOOOOOOO !
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: todez on November 08, 2009, 07:29:16 PM
With no offense meant to those Brazilians who are law abiding and moral citizens...

That is the Brazilian mentality:  Follow the law when it suits me, break it when it doesn't.

I see it everyday.  It reeks of hypocrisy and disrespect.  Most Brazilians would say that is "freedom".  I believe it is corruption and precious few steps from anarchy.

If this act by Brazil does not get POTUS and SOS to act on behalf of it's kidnapped citizens, then nothing will.  How sad for us.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: ProudDaddy on November 09, 2009, 08:06:05 AM
Quote from: todez;48760
With no offense meant to those Brazilians who are law abiding and moral citizens...

That is the Brazilian mentality:  Follow the law when it suits me, break it when it doesn't.

I see it everyday.  It reeks of hypocrisy and disrespect.  Most Brazilians would say that is "freedom".  I believe it is corruption and precious few steps from anarchy.

If this act by Brazil does not get POTUS and SOS to act on behalf of it's kidnapped citizens, then nothing will.  How sad for us.
Todez,
 Your comment about  how the average Brazilian perceives the observance of the Law, although sad is  quite true. We still have a long way to go in that respect.

 As for the trade  issue, although Brazil has been granted by the World Trade Organization the  right to retaliate against US (which means that an international panel appraised  the Brazil's complaint and found US guilty of unfair trade practices) it does not  necessarily means that the measure will be put into effect. Sanctions hurt both  parties, no matter who's right and who's wrong so nobody really wants them.  Usually the two parties engage in conversation in order to achieve in some sort  of compromise. I understand that the conversations will start sooner than later,  despite the hot comments from both sides.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: SageDad on November 09, 2009, 03:19:44 PM
Quote from: ProudDaddy;48762
Todez,
 Your comment about  how the average Brazilian perceives the observance of the Law, although sad is  quite true. We still have a long way to go in that respect.

 As for the trade  issue, although Brazil has been granted by the World Trade Organization the  right to retaliate against US (which means that an international panel appraised  the Brazil's complaint and found US guilty of unfair trade practices) it does not  necessarily means that the measure will be put into effect. Sanctions hurt both  parties, no matter who's right and who's wrong so nobody really wants them.  Usually the two parties engage in conversation in order to achieve in some sort  of compromise. I understand that the conversations will start sooner than later,  despite the hot comments from both sides.


In fairness to Brazil's threatened sanctions our farm subsidies really are an unfair trade practice and amount to little more than corporate welfare for American factory farmers.  I happen to think stealing children is unfair too, but, apparently, we can't even threaten sanctions for that.  I'm starting to think that our original effort to get Congress to pass a resolution demanding the return of Sean may do more harm than good.  Brazil has called our bluff and continues to keep Sean and, as we all know, the world is watching, but what are they seeing?  In the arena of international parental kidnapping they are seeing that, when push comes to shove, the US is all talk and no trousers.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Sashia on November 09, 2009, 10:10:03 PM
Little piece of info I picked up: Mr. Holt will be holding a Town Meeting on Thursday, November 12th from 7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Grover Middle School, 10 Southfield Road, West Windsor, NJ 08550
 
Here's someone's chance to confront him about his refusal to support 3240 and his insistance on pushing his own  lame bill.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: M.Capestro on November 10, 2009, 08:24:16 AM
Quote from: Sashia;48794
Little piece of info I picked up: Mr. Holt will be holding a Town Meeting on Thursday, November 12th from 7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Grover Middle School, 10 Southfield Road, West Windsor, NJ 08550
 
Here's someone's chance to confront him about his refusal to support 3240 and his insistance on pushing his own lame bill.

 
West Windsor!?!? Who is the nut that laid out the district map for NJ? Look at the map of Holt's district. No wonder we can't keep him focused on anything! NJ's not that big a place, but come on!
 
http://holt.house.gov/district.shtml
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Audax on November 10, 2009, 08:52:33 AM
Quote from: M.Capestro;48811
West Windsor!?!? Who is the nut that laid out the district map for NJ? Look at the map of Holt's district. No wonder we can't keep him focused on anything! NJ's not that big a place, but come on!
 
http://holt.house.gov/district.shtml


OMG! I didn't realize his district reaches all the way up to the 78 and spans the whole width of the state!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Sashia on November 10, 2009, 09:49:50 AM
Districting or re-districting has oft been a way for a party or a particular member of congress to include those areas in their district that would be 1. sympathetic to his/her issues 2. contain the lion's share of members of their own political party. 3. contain people or companies of influence and money. 4. various other "self-serving" reasons, but rest assured the lines are not drawn to benefit the public.
Some quotes: "Federal districting law dictates that there can be no more than  (xnumber) of people in any given district,  The problem with redistricting is that it carves up a population of like-minded residents and affixes them to other communities".
An entertaining way of discovering "whats behind the lines" in your district,,http://www.redistrictinggame.org/
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: tweinstein on November 10, 2009, 07:07:58 PM
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Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: LukieD on November 20, 2009, 09:53:21 AM
Check out this link. We need to find a way to link in more media reports to HR 3240 so it comes up in more google searches.
 
http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h3240/show
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Herb Wife on November 20, 2009, 10:31:24 AM
I'm posting on ping.fm ~
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: M.Capestro on November 20, 2009, 10:31:52 AM
Saw this on Twitter (thank you HerbWife)! I just sent two from APP.
 
Edit: +7 more links sent (total of 9)
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Sashia on November 20, 2009, 03:03:54 PM
Quote from: LukieD;49170
Check out this link. We need to find a way to link in more media reports to HR 3240 so it comes up in more google searches.
 
http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h3240/show

I'm collecting up my list of saved links that have articles mentioning HR3240 and sending them an email now.....anyone have more?
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Herb Wife on November 20, 2009, 09:12:52 PM
Sashia....
 
  http://politics.nytimes.com/congress/bills/category/separation-divorce-custody-support
 
http://www.stevendouglasmaloney.com/2009/08/hr-2702-hr-3240-bring-sean-goldman-home/
 
http://www.crnjapan.net/The_Japan_Childrens_Rights_Network/itn-hr3240.html
 
http://www.debito.org/?p=4600
 
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-3240
 
 
http://chrissmith.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=137905
 
 
Im sure you prob have some of these...I left out your and mine that popped up : )
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Sashia on November 20, 2009, 09:30:12 PM
Actually, I didn't have some of those. Thanks for pointing out the site and for these add ons. I hope this gets some mention now on opencongress.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Sashia on November 20, 2009, 10:35:20 PM
WooHoo!!!!!!
Still not signed by my congressman yet, but we're movin' on up! Grand Total of 24.
 
Nov 19, 2009 - Bill Action
H.R. 3240: International Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-3240)
Cosponsorship change.
Rep. McCotter [R-MI11] (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/person.xpd?id=400260): New cosponsor.

(You are seeing this event because you are tracking H.R. 3240: International Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-3240))
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: tweinstein on November 20, 2009, 10:53:17 PM
Quote from: Sashia;49196
WooHoo!!!!!!
Still not signed by my congressman yet, but we're movin' on up! Grand Total of 24.
 
Nov 19, 2009 - Bill Action
H.R. 3240: International Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-3240)
Cosponsorship change.
Rep. McCotter [R-MI11] (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/person.xpd?id=400260): New cosponsor.
I just counted the political affiliations of the co-sponsors. There are 17 Republican and 7 democrats. The current make-up of the U.S. House of Representatives is 256 Democrats, 178 Republicans and one vacancy. It sure is sad that even with something like this, partisan politics is in full-effect.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Herb Wife on November 21, 2009, 07:12:25 AM
http://zh-tw.facebook.com/posted.php?id=120477644524&share_id=151478111572&comments=1
 
ok...this is how effective ping.fm is ...I believe that is Japanese!? lol
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Herb Wife on November 21, 2009, 07:25:12 AM
my last post was not what I thought it was...under gooogle search it shows it's been translated to ( I think) japanese.....  any way..... I sent some more links for congress search and added many of the media emails that we have listed as well... I also put in the Today Show email    Today@NBCUNI.com (Today@NBCUNI.com)  hopefully Merideth does an update.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Herb Wife on November 21, 2009, 07:36:14 AM
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How about we make sure they know about the senate hearing and ask them to thank the co-sponsors that actually care about American children?
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: sue on November 22, 2009, 11:07:58 AM
I just wrote to my Congressman, Darrell Issa again! I hope to see his name on this!  I will also make a call on Monday, again.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Herb Wife on November 24, 2009, 07:18:43 PM
Just googled HR 3240...better results than last time!
 
 
http://www.google.com/search?q=HR+3240&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=ie7
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: M.Capestro on November 28, 2009, 07:48:58 AM
Anyone live in Cam Ward's district or know someone who does? Seems like a natural fit for 2702 / 3240:

http://www.myfoxal.com/global/story.asp?s=11581164

 Representative Cam Ward introduces new child abduction act


ALABASTER, AL (WBRC) – Representative Cam Ward of Alabaster announced on Wednesday the introduction of the Uniform Child Abduction Prevention Act. The act is aimed at preventing child abductions in Alabama.

In Representative Ward's press release on the issue, it states that the majority of child abductions are perpetrated by family members.  The new act would provide Alabama with a tool for deterring domestic and international child abductions.

Several factors will be taken in to determine whether a child is at risk for abductions. If a court determines a child to be at risk, it will enter an order containing provisions designed to prevent abduction.  If an abduction appears imminent, a court can issue a warrant to take the child or direct enforcement officers to take steps to locate and return the child.

The Uniform Child Abduction Prevention Act will be considered by the Alabama Legislature when it reconvenes in January 2010.

Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Audax on November 28, 2009, 09:57:29 AM
Quote from: M.Capestro;49495
Anyone live in Cam Ward's district or know someone who does? Seems like a natural fit for 2702 / 3240:

http://www.myfoxal.com/global/story.asp?s=11581164

 Representative Cam Ward introduces new child abduction act


ALABASTER, AL (WBRC) – Representative Cam Ward of Alabaster announced on Wednesday the introduction of the Uniform Child Abduction Prevention Act. The act is aimed at preventing child abductions in Alabama.

In Representative Ward's press release on the issue, it states that the majority of child abductions are perpetrated by family members.  The new act would provide Alabama with a tool for deterring domestic and international child abductions.

Several factors will be taken in to determine whether a child is at risk for abductions. If a court determines a child to be at risk, it will enter an order containing provisions designed to prevent abduction.  If an abduction appears imminent, a court can issue a warrant to take the child or direct enforcement officers to take steps to locate and return the child.

The Uniform Child Abduction Prevention Act will be considered by the Alabama Legislature when it reconvenes in January 2010.



No, I don't know anyone. But we should all still approach him. Here's his info:

For personal assistance, please visit, call or write me. The Shelby County Legislative Delegation Office is located at:

Shelby County Legislative Delegation
1134 County Services Drive
Pelham, Alabama 35124
205-620-6610
Web Site: http://www.shelbycolo.com

Personal Contact Information:

Post Office Box 1749
Alabaster, Alabama 35007
E-mail: camjulward@aol.com
Web Site: http://www.camward.com
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Bree on November 28, 2009, 02:46:24 PM
Quote from: Audax;49497
No, I don't know anyone. But we should all still approach him. Here's his info:
 
For personal assistance, please visit, call or write me. The Shelby County Legislative Delegation Office is located at:
 
Shelby County Legislative Delegation
1134 County Services Drive
Pelham, Alabama 35124
205-620-6610
Web Site: www.shelbycolo.com (http://www.shelbycolo.com)
 
Personal Contact Information:
 
Post Office Box 1749
Alabaster, Alabama 35007
E-mail: camjulward@aol.com (camjulward@aol.com)
Web Site: www.camward.com (http://www.camward.com)

He is an Alabama State Representative. He's not a Congressman.    
 
I have personal contact with my State Representative in Florida (she's my MySpace friend) but my Congressman and Senator are another story. They don't respond to anything.
 
ETA:  Are you asking to contact Cam Ward to have him push it with the Alabama congressional reps?  I'm a little tired - Thanksgiving was exhausting this year.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: luvthelake on November 28, 2009, 06:55:29 PM
I live in Alabama and have been after my rep. Spencer Bachus to Co-Sponser. This rep. address is less than 10 miles from my house. I will be calling him on Monday.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: luvthelake on November 28, 2009, 08:11:19 PM
I just e-mailed Cam Ward thanking him for his efforts in my home state, but also asked him to see if he can ask our Reps. to Co-Sponser HR 3240 & HR 2702
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: lovellboys on December 02, 2009, 09:12:47 AM
I call every day to Congressman Levin in NJ.  I occasionally get a letter thanking me for my call and confirming his support for a bill I NEVER MENTIONED.  It's frustrating to the 1000th degree.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: jl2saint on December 02, 2009, 10:10:13 AM
Quote from: lovellboys;49594
I call every day to Congressman Levin in NJ. I occasionally get a letter thanking me for my call and confirming his support for a bill I NEVER MENTIONED. It's frustrating to the 1000th degree.

LB....a few pointers..........

1) DEMAND to speak to the highest ranking official currently in the office.

2) Explain to them that you have called on several occasions and find their communication w/ constituants to be "underwhelming" and that it should be a point of "embarrassment to them" ( that usually gets their attention )

3) After getting their attention, get back to the bills and let them know that EVERYONE of your friends, family, and social networking groups ( of which many are also constituants ) are going to be made aware of the outcome of this conversation..........

They keys are to:

1) Actually talk to someone w/ authority

2) Let them know that you are not just calling for yourself but other constituants as well

3) Let them know you care about children and if they don't then you will take the votes or you and your friends and walk to another candidate who does.........

Try that...it works....

Be firm, resolved,  but not beligerent.............. .;)
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Herb Wife on December 03, 2009, 11:51:29 AM
24 co-sponsors people! Hopefully that # will go way up because of the hearing!
 
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d111:HR03240:@@@P
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: KatiMurphy on December 04, 2009, 10:39:38 AM
I'm new here but would like to make a suggestion. If you are calling their local office, ask to speak with a Constituent Services representative. These people are specifically responsible for making sure that constituent needs are met and if you can loop in an angle from their district (like your personal relationship with a left-behind parent), all the better. Explain that you are involved in a an organization receiving a significant amount of media attention and would like the Congressman to receive positive media exposure by partnering with the organization on at least one of the bills. Then, leave your name as well as the name of the Legislative Director for one of the Congresspeople from their party that is co-sponsoring the bill. If you can do a little research and see if any of the co-sponsors has introduced legislature with the Congressman you're trying to reach, all the better. (Of course, you can't represent yourself as representing the congressperson you're providing contact information for, but politicians tend to be more receptive to bills that people they have relationships with are involved with)

If you are calling the Congressional office, ask to speak with the legislative director or aide that handles bills relating to civil rights or international relations. Figure out what committees the Congressperson sits on and have specific information relating to their committees. Again, leave the contact information in that way.

I apologize if I am repeating things or stating the obvious. I've read through all the forums over the past couple of months but the last couple of posts are all I've looked through this morning!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Caldwell on December 04, 2009, 10:47:29 AM
Quote from: KatiMurphy;49756
I'm new here but would like to make a suggestion. If you are calling their local office, ask to speak with a Constituent Services representative. These people are specifically responsible for making sure that constituent needs are met and if you can loop in an angle from their district (like your personal relationship with a left-behind parent), all the better. Explain that you are involved in a an organization receiving a significant amount of media attention and would like the Congressman to receive positive media exposure by partnering with the organization on at least one of the bills. Then, leave your name as well as the name of the Legislative Director for one of the Congresspeople from their party that is co-sponsoring the bill. If you can do a little research and see if any of the co-sponsors has introduced legislature with the Congressman you're trying to reach, all the better. (Of course, you can't represent yourself as representing the congressperson you're providing contact information for, but politicians tend to be more receptive to bills that people they have relationships with are involved with)

If you are calling the Congressional office, ask to speak with the legislative director or aide that handles bills relating to civil rights or international relations. Figure out what committees the Congressperson sits on and have specific information relating to their committees. Again, leave the contact information in that way.

I apologize if I am repeating things or stating the obvious. I've read through all the forums over the past couple of months but the last couple of posts are all I've looked through this morning!

This is all excellent advice that has been touched on at various points over the past months. But as forum life goes, it is great to have valuable lessons repeated and updated so that folks making a new, or renewed, effort can take advantage of the information.  Welcome!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: M.Capestro on December 04, 2009, 11:21:32 AM
Welcome KatiMurphy and thank you for your support and insights!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Caldwell on December 09, 2009, 05:19:42 PM
This may already be up in this thread....I'm too lazy to go look right now......but in the context of Holt's competing bill and his new blog today, we need to go after this list of Holt's co-sponsors, big time. If anyone reading here is inclined to be more of an activist and reach out to your Congressional Rep, if one of these are your Rep, these folks need to understand that NOT cosponsoring 3240 will slow down and therefore hurt the goal of getting our kids back. Only Burton appears to be a cosponsor of 3240 as well as Holt's bill. We need these Reps.
 
Rep Burton, Dan (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Burton++Dan))+00154))) [IN-5] - 10/21/2009Rep DeLauro, Rosa L. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+DeLauro++Rosa+L.))+00281))) [CT-3] - 10/13/2009
Rep Israel, Steve (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Israel++Steve))+01663))) [NY-2] - 10/8/2009Rep Pallone, Frank, Jr. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Pallone++Frank++Jr.))+00887))) [NJ-6] - 10/8/2009
Rep Payne, Donald M. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Payne++Donald+M.))+00902))) [NJ-10] - 10/21/2009Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Woolsey++Lynn+C.))+01242))) [CA-6] - 10/21/2009
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Audax on December 09, 2009, 07:05:19 PM
Quote from: Caldwell;50015
This may already be up in this thread....I'm too lazy to go look right now......but in the context of Holt's competing bill and his new blog today, we need to go after this list of Holt's co-sponsors, big time. If anyone reading here is inclined to be more of an activist and reach out to your Congressional Rep, if one of these are your Rep, these folks need to understand that NOT cosponsoring 3240 will slow down and therefore hurt the goal of getting our kids back. Only Burton appears to be a cosponsor of 3240 as well as Holt's bill. We need these Reps.
 
Rep Burton, Dan (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Burton++Dan))+00154))) [IN-5] - 10/21/2009Rep DeLauro, Rosa L. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+DeLauro++Rosa+L.))+00281))) [CT-3] - 10/13/2009
Rep Israel, Steve (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Israel++Steve))+01663))) [NY-2] - 10/8/2009Rep Pallone, Frank, Jr. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Pallone++Frank++Jr.))+00887))) [NJ-6] - 10/8/2009
Rep Payne, Donald M. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Payne++Donald+M.))+00902))) [NJ-10] - 10/21/2009Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/?&Db=d111&querybd=@FIELD(FLD004+@4((@1(Rep+Woolsey++Lynn+C.))+01242))) [CA-6] - 10/21/2009

How about we contact Burton and ask him to approach the other 5 co-sponsors of Holt's bill and ask them to follow his example and co-sponsor 3240 as well???
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Caldwell on December 09, 2009, 07:15:35 PM
Quote from: Audax;50020
How about we contact Burton and ask him to approach the other 5 co-sponsors of Holt's bill and ask them to follow his example and co-sponsor 3240 as well???

Yes, but:
1. It really needs to come from THEIR constituents. As we have learned, especially with the House, they want to hear from their folks back home. So if we have members or potential members here that are constituents of any of these reps, we need you to step up and make some calls.

2. If we really mean business, we should actually ask them to withdraw their support for Holt's bill and get him to concede and conference with Smith.  As long as Holt thinks his bill has legs, he's playing personal politics with this, trying to get credit for a bill.  It really ticks me off, and again, we need local constituents of this short list of Holt cosponsors to let them know they're on the wrong side of the tracks on this one.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Ceilli on December 09, 2009, 11:43:16 PM
I am in Burton's district. Tell me what we need to do and I'll ask neighbors and co-workers to do the same.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: kmoor88 on December 10, 2009, 11:24:03 AM
 December 8, 2009  [FONT="][/FONT]
   
  Dear Mrs. Moore:  
   
  Thank you for contacting me about H.R.3240, the International Child Abduction Prevention Act. Please know that your views are important to me, and I appreciate hearing from you on this issue.  
   
  I share your concerns about the enormous number of children involved who are abducted each year. Children who are at risk of serious emotional and psychological problems and have been found to experience anxiety, eating problems, nightmares, mood swings, sleep disturbances, aggressive behavior, resentment, guilt and fearfulness, and as adults may struggle with identity issues, and parenting. There are more than 2,800 children abducted by a parent or legal guardian from the United States to other countries lacking strong law enforcement, and or judicial systems. The Central Authority for the United States estimated that child abduction increased by about 60 percent in the last three years and by about 40 percent in ! 2008 alone.  
   
  H. R. 3240 will authorize the establishment of the Office on International Child Abductions that shall be headed by the Ambassador at Large for International Child Abductions. This office will establish effective mechanisms to provide assistance and aggressively advocacy on behalf of the parents of the children who have been abducted from the United States to a foreign country. This legislation will also provide parents, their advocates, and judges the information needed to enhance family disputes through established legal procedures.  
  This bill is currently in the House Foreign Affairs Committee. While I do not serve on this Committee, please be assured that I will closely follow the committee’s deliberation on this issue and will keep your thoughts in mind should this bill come before the House for a vote. Thank you again for giving me the benefit of your views.  
     
  Sincerley,
  (http://file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/Kim/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/msoclip1/01/clip_image001.gif)
   Sander Levin
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Caldwell on December 10, 2009, 12:03:25 PM
Quote from: kmoor88;50042
December 8, 2009 [FONT="][/FONT]

Dear Mrs. Moore:

Thank you for contacting me about H.R.3240, the International Child Abduction Prevention Act. Please know that your views are important to me, and I appreciate hearing from you on this issue.

I share your concerns about the enormous number of children involved who are abducted each year. Children who are at risk of serious emotional and psychological problems and have been found to experience anxiety, eating problems, nightmares, mood swings, sleep disturbances, aggressive behavior, resentment, guilt and fearfulness, and as adults may struggle with identity issues, and parenting. There are more than 2,800 children abducted by a parent or legal guardian from the United States to other countries lacking strong law enforcement, and or judicial systems. The Central Authority for the United States estimated that child abduction increased by about 60 percent in the last three years and by about 40 percent in ! 2008 alone.

H. R. 3240 will authorize the establishment of the Office on International Child Abductions that shall be headed by the Ambassador at Large for International Child Abductions. This office will establish effective mechanisms to provide assistance and aggressively advocacy on behalf of the parents of the children who have been abducted from the United States to a foreign country. This legislation will also provide parents, their advocates, and judges the information needed to enhance family disputes through established legal procedures.
This bill is currently in the House Foreign Affairs Committee. While I do not serve on this Committee, please be assured that I will closely follow the committee’s deliberation on this issue and will keep your thoughts in mind should this bill come before the House for a vote. Thank you again for giving me the benefit of your views.

Sincerley,
(http://file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/Kim/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/msoclip1/01/clip_image001.gif)
Sander Levin
Kmoor, this would be my response:
 
Dear Congressman Levin,
 
I am encouraged that you share my concerns and recognize the magnitude of the abuse that results from this violation of children's and parent's rights. If you are so concerned, as you state, why not do more than just "closely follow the committee's deliberation", and stand up for the rights of these U.S. Citizens and co-sponsor the bill. As you know the legislative process very well, sir, an important bill like 3240 is less likely to make it to Committee hearings and a House vote without a significant number of co-sponsors such as yourself. As a constituent, I expect no less of you than this full measure of support, and will not accept "closely following" as anything but lip service.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: kmoor88 on December 10, 2009, 01:10:21 PM
Thanks Caldwell, I will do that letter today.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Sashia on December 12, 2009, 09:17:20 PM
Quote from: LukieD;49170
Check out this link. We need to find a way to link in more media reports to HR 3240 so it comes up in more google searches.
 
http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h3240/show

Didn't know where to post this, but I find this peculiar. I saw a post on dear David that mentioned they just heard about this case in Australia and google'd it up. Just for the heck of it, I googled up Sean Goldman to see what comes up.
 
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&q=%22Sean+Goldman%22&aq=f&oq=&aqi=g10
If I toggle the sidebar and choose options, "in the past year, this is what I come up with
 
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&tbo=1&q=%22Sean%20Goldman%22&tbs=qdr:y
 
Can anyone explain how CBS with its' hostage takers interview made it into the #1 and #2 spots on google?
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Herb Wife on December 12, 2009, 10:19:06 PM
~sickening~
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: QuadsRSafeAtHome on December 13, 2009, 10:59:42 PM
In a Hague abduction case, Maxwell v Maxwell, an Australian father of Quadruplets claimed the children were abducted from him. Read the following article in the link below. Most of the facts are based on the findings of the both the case and the appeal with some editorial comments. It directly references Maxwell v Maxwell several times and is a clear demonstration of the Hague Convention working. In this case being a Partner in the Hague Convention with Australia helps

http://justiceprevails.wordpress.com...-to-australia/ (http://justiceprevails.wordpress.com/maxwell-v-maxwell-quadruplets-will-not-be-returned-to-australia/)

The actual court decisions should be fairly simple to find if you google Maxwell v Maxwell or even Maxwell quadruplets.

I'm glad that there is legislation in the works to pressure those countries that fail to recognize the rights of the children into account to toe the line.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Bob D'Amico on December 14, 2009, 04:53:19 AM
Quote from: Sashia;50213
Can anyone explain how CBS with its' hostage takers interview made it into the #1 and #2 spots on google?

Money was paid by someone to some company to do that. I'll contact Google and ask them to ascertain if their algorithm has been fooled by some smart company. They can double check.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: QuadsRSafeAtHome on December 14, 2009, 07:06:02 AM
How is that possible? Their algorithm works on a 'democracy' concept. It used to be that those advertisers with the pay per click schemes would have people clicking away at their advertisements because it was only a cent or two per click cost. Now it's at least a dollar to thwart that kind of thing. Maxwell v Maxwell suddenly jumped to the top (when using that very search term) but I think it was because the appellate decision had just come down, sites like findlaw had posted it and law firms and family law organizations started linking to it off their websites. If they cheated, that should be fixed...I just can't figure out how.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Angel For Justice on December 14, 2009, 11:50:23 AM
Unfortunately, the wheels of justice move very slowly. The Maxwell case took over 19 months from application to final decision by the Appeals Court.
 
A remedy for Mr. Maxwell could be to request a Reconsideration from the Appeals Court. Additionally, Mr. Maxwell now has 90 days to appeal to the Supreme Court if he so chooses.As far as trying to be heard in the SC, there has only been 1 case in history granted a writ of certiorari: Abbott v. Abbott 542 F.3d 1081 (5th Cir. 2008). This case is completely different from the Maxwell case in that the father had a right of veto over removal from the jurisdiction, of the child. Courts have held that that right is not sufficient to constitute a right of custody under the meaning of the convention. The SC will now decide if that is correct in its application.
 
In the Maxwell case, there were no rights of custody granted to Mr. Maxwell. Mrs. Maxwell properly registered her court orders in the Family Court of Australia which gave her permanent care, custody and control of the children. Mr. Maxwell tried to argue he had some residual rights akin to 'parental responsibility' because the language differed between Australia and North Carolina, where the Consent was written. As the District Court Judge held, under the Family Law Act of 1975:

The Court, however, finds that language of the order expressly removes any parental responsibility rights from Andrew such that any presumption of shared responsibility under Section 61DA does not apply. See Family Law Act, Section 61C, Note 1 (“This section states the legal position that prevails in relation to parental responsibility to the extent to which it is not displaced by a parenting order made by the court.” (emphasis added)). To be sure, the Consent Order does not use the precise language of the Australian Family Law Act, i.e., it does not expressly refer to
“parental responsibility.” Nevertheless, if under Section 61D(2) one interprets the Consent Order according to its natural meaning, it clearly leaves Andrew without any shared parental responsibility.
 
Clearly Mrs. Maxwell had the legal right to remove her children and has been proved to have done so by both the District Court and the Court of Appeals. Where is the legislation to protect parents from Hague actions where they have to spend thousands and thousands of dollars defending themselves when it is clear they have done nothing wrong?
 
Note Judge Conrad's closing paragraph in his decision:
 
The object of the Hague Convention is to discourage parents from engaging in gamesmanship with their children’s upbringing in order to secure an advantage in an anticipated custody battle. Petitioner seeks not the restoration of the status quo, but its alteration. To allow Petitioner’s use of the Convention in this manner-rendering nugatory a child custody result rendered in an action he previously initiated in one country, in the hopes of obtaining a more favorable result in a second country - contravenes the Convention’s salutary aim of discouraging forum shopping.

There needs to be some sort of protection and compensation for the parent who has done nothing wrong but has merely been accused of it, especially in a case like Maxwell v Maxwell. Perhaps Mrs. Maxwell should consider suing the Australian Central Authority for granting the Hague action in the first place!
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Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: M.Capestro on December 14, 2009, 12:28:50 PM
This discussion is a bit off-topic from the subject of this thread. If you'd like to open a thread to discuss the Maxwell case, please feel free to do so in the Other Abduction Cases forum.
 
Please let's get back to HR 3240 discussions in this thread.
 
Have you all called your congressman today?
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Audax on December 14, 2009, 04:52:47 PM
Quote from: M.Capestro;50262
This discussion is a bit off-topic from the subject of this thread. If you'd like to open a thread to discuss the Maxwell case, please feel free to do so in the Other Abduction Cases forum.
 
Please let's get back to HR 3240 discussions in this thread.
 
Have you all called your congressman today?


I sent out about 30 BSH holiday cards today to politicians. Will mail the remaining ones on Wed. I will also stop by Frelinghuysen's office on Wed to hand-deliver the card and the ornament.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: greg4sean on December 28, 2009, 01:25:16 AM
Ok folks this past two weeks has brought ups and downs and ended with the biggest up possible, Sean is home with David! Sean is happy and so far they are doing just fine but we all know we need to keep praying for them for they both have lots to adjust to and they will.
 
The past two days we have witnessed the dark side spilling out a lot of bull s*** as we all knew they would when David won and he did. They will not let up and they will keep on doing this. It is time for us to move on. I understand and was just as angry as all of us about their continued lies and statements but we all have had a couple of days to “Vent” and now let’s concentrate on continuing the battle and try to stop responding to them. Our Brazilian friends will keep watching and if they feel we need to do something they will let us know. We need to put our efforts now to help the other Left Behind Parents and not waste our energy responding so much to them. We have threads and post all over the place with the same info and most about the dark sides response.
 
As I post this it is now Monday and it is time to resume our efforts to get H.R. 3240 passed and into law. Folks we have to push harder now more than ever. The media always let’s things drop off after a story ends or comes to what they think is a completion and they will feel like that with David and Sean. We have to remind them and Congress that the story is not over as we still have over 2,800 kids out there that were ripped from their parent and families. They need our help.
 
I have new letters that will be mailed out today to my Congresswoman and Senators. New letters to my local television stations and the editor of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram making them aware that the bigger problem is still there. I will follow up with calls during my lunch break today. I will keep pushing my friends and neighbors to join our fight. I am happy that Sean is home but I will not be fully happy until all of them are home! Come on folks it is time to stop posting about the dark side’s continued stupidity and concentrate on H.R. 3240 and find other ways to help the Left Behind Parents. One of the best is to also donate to the BSH Foundation today!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: M.Capestro on December 28, 2009, 10:16:56 AM
Here are our marching orders for H.R. 3240...direct from Congressman Smith's mouth (view video from 2:45 on):
 
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/34608730#34608730
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Caldwell on December 30, 2009, 12:26:44 AM
Quote from: M.Capestro;61523
Here are our marching orders for H.R. 3240...direct from Congressman Smith's mouth (view video from 2:45 on):
 
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/34608730#34608730


Lot's of new folks visiting here. WE NEED TO GET MORE CONGRESSIONAL CO-SPONSORS OF HR 3240. If you are new here and would like to make a difference for all the other THOUSANDS of abducted children, reach out to your Congressional Rep.  BSH has tools to help you effectively communicate with your Rep,  and many members who can coach you through the process.  Read back through this thread and contact any administrator, moderator, senior member, etc and they will point you in the right direction.  YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

I had never had a conversation with a member of Congress before this summer.  I managed to get a meeting with my Rep when he was in the home district, and a few weeks later he agreed to sign on as a co-sponsor. Many other BSH members have had similar experiences.   Monday, January 4 is the beginning of a BIG year for BSH. Be a part of it!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: LukieD on January 02, 2010, 02:12:12 PM
We are sending out an email update to our 10,000+ BSH subscribers today or tomorrow. In it we will be asking people to email us with their name and mailing address if they are interested in volunteering for the BSHF. Once we have addresses, we can figure out which districts we have represented and get better organized in terms of our legislative efforts to support Chris Smith's bill, H.R. 3240.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Nicole's Dad on January 03, 2010, 10:28:18 AM
Quote from: LukieD;63309
We are sending out an email update to our 10,000+ BSH subscribers today or tomorrow. In it we will be asking people to email us with their name and mailing address if they are interested in volunteering for the BSHF. Once we have addresses, we can figure out which districts we have represented and get better organized in terms of our legislative efforts to support Chris Smith's bill, H.R. 3240.

I'm doing everything I know to do with my TV appearances to promote this bill. It needs to get passed. I just promoted it again live this morning on Fox & Friends.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Ceilli on January 06, 2010, 03:41:55 PM
Someone posted this on facebook:
 
CLICK THE OPTION "I SUPPORT THIS BILL" http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h3240/show (http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h3240/show)
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: KarlHindle on January 08, 2010, 10:02:00 AM
done - it's an excellent tool too for tracking the bill - thanks Ceilli
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: tenorplus on January 08, 2010, 11:36:43 AM
Voted to support - please register and then login... then indicate 'I SUPPORT THIS BILL." It is easy and helps lend more credibility to Rep Chris Smith's efforts... thanks for letting us know!!!!!!!!  There were 15 so far who all support this - can we raise this to hundreds - thousands???
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: M.Capestro on January 08, 2010, 02:28:43 PM
Quote from: tenorplus;64168
Voted to support - please register and then login... then indicate 'I SUPPORT THIS BILL." It is easy and helps lend more credibility to Rep Chris Smith's efforts... thanks for letting us know!!!!!!!! There were 15 so far who all support this - can we raise this to hundreds - thousands???

Does this site identify what congressional district the signer is from? If not, I don't think we vest too much in it. We need a mechanism that's going to point out to individual congressmen how many people in their district support this bill.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Audax on January 11, 2010, 08:46:02 AM
What ever happened to the meeting of the LBPs with SOS and POTUS that was discussed at the DC hearing?
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: M.Capestro on January 11, 2010, 10:13:08 AM
I'm not sure of the current status but do know that the letters were sent as promised by the congressmen back in December. I believe Mark has a copy of them. I've seen them posted elsewhere on the web.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Audax on January 13, 2010, 11:39:53 AM
Quote from: M.Capestro;64939
I'm not sure of the current status but do know that the letters were sent as promised by the congressmen back in December. I believe Mark has a copy of them. I've seen them posted elsewhere on the web.


Yes, I read the letters. Just thought that they've had enough time now to read them and send out 'invites'.:cloud:
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Audax on January 13, 2010, 11:43:09 AM
Let's face it. The biggest elephant right now is how to deal with non-Hague countries. We need H.R. 3240 to gain any kind of leverage with those countries.

I feel we need to put the pressure back on to get this bill passed. Any upcoming efforts?
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: lovellboys on January 13, 2010, 07:29:50 PM
Quote from: Audax;65329
Let's face it. The biggest elephant right now is how to deal with non-Hague countries. We need H.R. 3240 to gain any kind of leverage with those countries.

I feel we need to put the pressure back on to get this bill passed. Any upcoming efforts?


I fired off an email to Robert Andrews from NJ's 1st District.  I sent him a letter in late December asking for a meeting.  Hopefully I can get him on board.  

My fingers are cramping after firing off emails (with letters to follow) to Lawrence Cannon in Canada for the Larivee case and POTUS & SOS for LBP's in general with specific mention of Japan and the lack of response from Secretary Clinton regarding the Tom Lanto's Commission letters.   I also sent one to the Florida reps to ask for support for Karl Hindle - I'm ashamed that the system in FL seems to be so easily influenced by the family there.  

Stalking while he was overseas?  It's not even remotely creative.

We need to get more support for this resolution.  It's the only way I can see that the issue of non-compliance will gain traction.  To me it's a no-brainer, but obviously our state leaders need more convincing.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: M.Capestro on January 15, 2010, 09:51:31 AM
Just putting a reminder out to everyone that this CONTINUES to be an ongoing effort. Remember, the squeeeeeeaky wheel gets the grease!

Even if you've already written your congressman, called, emailed, beaten on their door...PLEASE GO DO IT AGAIN!!


This is an important piece of legislation and Congressman Smith needs your help.

In addition to reaching out to your own congressman/woman, please also reach out to the Congressional Committee on Foreign Affairs. Contact ALL of them. As members of this committee, they represent ALL AMERICANS! Here's the link to their website: http://www.internationalrelations.house.gov/members.asp

The Thomas Directory also indicates that the resolution has been referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law. Here's the link to their site: http://judiciary.house.gov/about/subimmigration.html

Please folks, let's not sit back and just wait and see what happens.

Let's get busy!

Let's be heard!!


Please post here and let us all know what you're doing to support this effort!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Candida on January 15, 2010, 09:03:53 PM
This is an election year and politicians will be robo-calling and sending masses of contribution requests to our homes. This is a good time to hold them ransom. It's a bold move from me and I hope it works, but I just sent my party leader, John Boehner, a letter I will post below.
 
No matter what party you are affiliated with, I also would like to challenge the members of this organization to make a similar pledge - of course the amount is up to you.
 
Here is my letter:
 
[Recent headlines of the David and Sean Goldman story have really touched my heart. It is inconceivable our government took so long to finally act on his behalf, with much thanks to Rep. Chris Smith who helped champion the effort.
 
I am writing to challenge the Republican Party, of which I am a proud member, to help Chris Smith by co-sponsoring and passing his H.R. 3240 bill. I pledge to contribute:

1. $2.00 for every co-sponsor from the party up to 100 members.
2. $5.00 for every co-sponsor from the party from 101 to 150.
3. $10.00 for every co-sponsor from the party after 150.
4. $250.00 if the bill passes the house.
5. $250.00 if the bill passes the Senate and bill is signed into law.
For now, there are 19 members of the Republican House that have signed on to co-sponsorship. For that I will make an initial $50 to the GOP.com.
Thank you for your attention and I look forward to acting on my commitment.]
Of course I also gave my personal information so they can contact me to hold me to my promises. Wish me luck!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Ceilli on January 19, 2010, 07:20:07 PM
9/14/2009:
Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.
http://judiciary.house.gov/about/subcrime.html
 
9/14/2009:
Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law.
http://judiciary.house.gov/about/subimmigration.html
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: pam.in.ny on January 28, 2010, 03:11:42 PM
I've been sending my 'letter to the editor' that James helped me with, out to some newspapers. I did send a few to OH papers as well as NY papers. I noticed today that the Cleveland Plain Dealer (http://blog.cleveland.com/letters/2010/01/ohioans_in_congress_should_sup.html) printed the letter. Maybe this will open up some eyes and people will contact their reps. We need more cosponsors. I'm not giving up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pam
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Celita on January 28, 2010, 05:51:14 PM
Very nice article! Congratulations!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: M.Capestro on February 02, 2010, 07:27:35 AM
Quote from: pam.in.ny;66836
I've been sending my 'letter to the editor' that James helped me with, out to some newspapers. I did send a few to OH papers as well as NY papers. I noticed today that the Cleveland Plain Dealer (http://blog.cleveland.com/letters/2010/01/ohioans_in_congress_should_sup.html) printed the letter. Maybe this will open up some eyes and people will contact their reps. We need more cosponsors. I'm not giving up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Pam

Well done, Pam!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: pam.in.ny on February 02, 2010, 12:36:44 PM
Thanks Mark,

I have about 7 more out to papers in NY, targeting NY Reps out of
my district. However, no word or phone call like the Plain Dealer
did so I have a feeling that they won'be be published. Also have
a couple more in OH and MO but nothing from them yes.
Still not giving up.

Pam
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: phillyone on February 10, 2010, 11:50:35 AM
Ok, I've just sent an e-mail out to my congressman... I hope I'm not too late. let's see if he co-signs the bill.. (he's from NJ too and hope he's buddies with Chris Smith.. LOL)
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: UD_student on February 10, 2010, 12:28:23 PM
I checked HR 3240 co-sponsors and congrats to constituents in the following districts as their reps signed on!! We are now up to 28 co-sponsors :D Sadly, my Congressman Frelinghuysen is not yet on this list...Audax, others and I continue to work on him despite his lack of enthusiasm in his responses. I will note that as some have raised partisan politics as an issue, Rep. Lance is the same party as Chris Smith and it took until now for him to sign on...

Rep Kosmas, Suzanne M. [FL-24]  - 1/13/2010
Rep Lance, Leonard [NJ-7]  - 1/13/2010
Rep Olson, Pete [TX-22]  - 1/13/2010
Rep Wamp, Zach [TN-3]  - 2/3/2010 (I know LDJVR is in his district :cheer:)
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: phillyone on February 12, 2010, 04:18:38 PM
I've put this message earlier today in another thread:
 
Just to let you know.. I left a message for Congressman John Adler yesterday (3rd district in NJ). I got a message from his office on my cell phone (I'm at work and was in a meeting at that time) saying "thank you for your message and your request will be sent to his legislative office in Washington DC " .

I sent him a "thank You" for that message e-mail along with emphasizing that he needs to co-sponsor H. R. bill 3240 promptly.

I'm not sure how to take this message but I got a live person calling me back. Is this a good thing that his Washington DC office will be contacted for my request?

I will follow up with another phone call next week (I'm off on Monday for Presidents day .. but so are the Government offices)

Let me know if this is a positive thing or everyone gets this type of message from their congressman.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: pam.in.ny on February 17, 2010, 05:02:07 PM
Just an update as to what has been happening and also a question. I have found out that two more newspapers have published my letter to the editor. One is in Ithaca, a college town, and the other is in Binghamton a good size city. I would add the links here but haven't figured out how to add them in the new forum. :confused: This now brings a total of six papers that have published my letter urging readers to contact their congressman/woman to support H. R. 3240. I've also phoned Massa (NY-29th) a few times as well as sent him an email. Today I received a snail mail from him and this is what it said.
"Thank you for your email thanking me for co-sponsing HR 3240, The International Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009. I agree with you that protecting the world's children from abduction should be a priority, and I share your concern that the bill does not have more co-sponsors, especially from the state of New York. Please know that I will continue to fight for the rights and protection of our children - especially those in danger - and I will urge my colleagues to join me. Sincerely Eric J.J. Massa"

Now I know this letter really isn't anything but it got me to thinking. How can we as a group get the other 27 New York Representatives to co-sponsor H.R. 3240, if there is anything that we can do? I am still going to continue my letters to newspapers within the state even though most don't publish them and I often wonder how many people actually read the letters to the editors, let alone, respond to them. Is it possible that as a group, working as a whole, we can get Representatives to listen to us even though we aren't constituents in their districts? It just seems that we have been a bit quiet lately trying to get this bill co-sponsored and I just don't want to see it die. Sometimes I feel like we are fighting with our hands tied behind our backs.

Edited to see if I can add links.
 Ithaca Journal (http://www.theithacajournal.com/article/20100212/VIEWPOINTS03/2120301/1129/Abduction+bill+needs+support)
 Press Connect (http://www.pressconnects.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=20102120301)

Anyway, I've rambled on long enough. I just wanted to air my thoughts.
Thanks for listening.
Pam
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: phillyone on February 17, 2010, 08:17:26 PM
Pam,

I'm in the same boat as you. I just sent another e-mail to my congressman. It's difficult for me to call him during business hours because of work. last week his office did contact me and left me a message but I was in a meeting. He's from NJ and I'm also trying to get him to get the other NJ congresmen on board with this ( I don't think too many NJ congressmen have co-sponsored the bill yet...imagine that!).

I'm at a lost too on how to get the attention of my congressman (who I voted for by the way!)

I'll keep trying. That's all I can do. If I hear anything positive I'll pass it on..
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: greg4sean on February 17, 2010, 09:25:02 PM
I will be showing up at my congresswoman's next town hall meeting and try to ask her in front of everyone. Perhaps we all can try that as well as the calls and letters.

Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: pam.in.ny on February 17, 2010, 09:33:01 PM
Pam,

I'm in the same boat as you. I just sent another e-mail to my congressman.. . . .
I'll keep trying. That's all I can do. If I hear anything positive I'll pass it on..

Yes, it can be frustrating for sure. My congressman is a co-sponsor so that is good although he is only a freshman. I'm going to keep urging him to convince other congressmen to sign onto the bill. Tonight, I sent out a letter to the editor to seven more NY newspapers. Hopefully some of them will be published. Crossing my fingers.

Pam
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: greg4sean on February 17, 2010, 10:14:36 PM
Pam I think it is great that you have had your letter published to the editor of 6 papers! It spreads the news and is better than my efforts with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Dallas Morning News which have not published my letters to the editors or have responded by assigning reporters to do a story on International Child Abductions. I will keep trying and urge other Texans in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex to write not only the newspapers but the television stations as well. Flood them with letters and calls. Mention the Texas cases that we know of and push.

Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: greg4sean on February 17, 2010, 11:26:40 PM
Perhaps we can write the cosponsors and thank them first for cosponsoring H.R.3240 and ask them to continue to work on it's passage by trying to work on their fellow Congressmen and Congresswomen from their states and ask them what we can do to help them help us? Texas as 32 districts and only Ted Poe from TX 2 and Pete Olson of TX 22 have cosponsored.

Just a thought.

Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Sashia on February 18, 2010, 07:22:45 AM
Note: If you see me wandering around the halls dazed, just point me in the right direction. I'm feeling my way around slightly disoriented, lol

I'm very disappointed in my congressman. I have not talked to him personally, but to his senior staff, whom I visited, armed with my binder  They have told me, long before Sean came home, that he was aware of the bill, had it in his "to do" folder and sees "no reason" why he wouldn't sign it.......HE HASN'T!!!!.... I tried NOT to become aggressive, but I finally posted  a comment on his facebook, asking why he won't support legislation to help LBS's. I thought it might embarrasse him......NOT.....I'm waiting for him to appear somewhere, when I'm off work.....meanwhile, I did get to one other rep. in florida and she signed...I'm continuing to hammer Florida. Thanks "pam in ny", I'm following your idea.
P.S. does anyone know how to get to the "last read post?"
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: phillyone on February 18, 2010, 09:14:59 AM
I don't know what the correct answer is ... maybe we can split up by states? Like a teamwork concept. Everyone from NY on this forum work together and contact all the congressmen in NY, I'm from NJ and team up with everyone from NJ and contact our congressmen from NJ, etc.

Just an idea... I don't know. I left another message this morning for my congressman and emphasized the importance of co-sponsoring this bill and I told him to emphasize to other congressmen from NJ.

It's frustrating.. but David persevered for 5 years and he prevailed! So can we!(hopefully it doesn't take us 5 years)

Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Sashia on February 18, 2010, 09:45:17 AM
I've forgotten who are the members  that live in Florida, but that's a good idea. Flavia, I know is in Florida. Can we organize a place on the forum for people to connect by state?
Some people don't list their state, or like me, put a fake one (when I was hiding my true identity from the LeS's lol, now I don't care). It would be good to have 20 people hounding our "elected servants" instead of just one.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: phillyone on February 18, 2010, 10:02:31 AM
Exactly Sashia! My thought process exactly... I was thinking maybe we can create "mini-threads" (subforums) by state. then we can hound the congressmen in our states first. I don't know how to contact congressmen that are not in my district  but if someone from the forum is from the district and can initiate a contact .. then maybe I can be a "secondary" voice. Something like that..

Besides, Congressman Chris Smith isn't from David's district and he was instrumental in working with David anyway.

Any thoughts on this idea?

Thanks
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Diane on February 18, 2010, 10:52:05 AM
I love this idea.  There is power in a collective effort that one cannot achieve alone.  I am from Michigan and would join any state effort here, anytime, anywhere.!!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: pam.in.ny on February 18, 2010, 12:25:40 PM
I have an idea and thought that I would just throw it out here. I have noticed that the congressmen that I've looked up have Facebook pages. If we belong to Facebook, can we post on their walls and also does the congressman and people actually read these post on ther FB page? If so, perhaps we can group and hit the Reps on their FB page. I think this would allow all of us to post and not be handicapped by living outside of one Rep's district, don't you think?

We could start with the NY Reps first. When I get out of work tonight, I could spend some time looking up and posting the FB sites of some of the NY Reps. Right off the top of my head, a good one that we might target is Charles Rangel. He is the Rep. for Manhattan and isn't that where Michael McCarty is from? Gee, isn't it sad that his own Congressman isn't a co-sponsor of H. R. 3240? Rangel's FB page is http://www.facebook.com/pages/Charles-Rangel/7390589055 (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Charles-Rangel/7390589055) if anyone wants to start posting to his FB page.

Let me know what you think and perhaps we can do this using "Maximum Force". As I said earlier, tonight, I see about finding the NY Reps' FB links and post them.

Pam

Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: pam.in.ny on February 18, 2010, 12:28:33 PM
.I'm continuing to hammer Florida. Thanks "pam in ny", I'm following your idea.

Sasha,

If you or anyone else would like to use my letter to the editor that James helped me
with, let me know. I have a copy to use for the 200 word limit and the 150 word limit. All
you'd have to do is insert the correct Congressman.

Pam
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: pam.in.ny on February 18, 2010, 12:31:08 PM
Exactly Sashia! My thought process exactly... I was thinking maybe we can create "mini-threads" (subforums) by state. then we can hound the congressmen in our states first. I don't know how to contact congressmen that are not in my district  but if someone from the forum is from the district and can initiate a contact .. then maybe I can be a "secondary" voice. Something like that..

Besides, Congressman Chris Smith isn't from David's district and he was instrumental in working with David anyway.

Any thoughts on this idea?

Thanks

Fantastic Idea!!!


Pam
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Sashia on February 18, 2010, 01:20:24 PM
I'm working now on a media list (it may take sometime, as the ones posted online are expensive, I can do the same for free)m in a format that I can post, with hyperlinks to ALL of Florida media, newspaper, newspaper online, radio, magazines  and T.V. When i finish it, maybe we could have a Florida Blitz on a certain week, in conjunction with email and facebook posts to all our "trusted servants and elected officials".
Meanwhile will try to round up all the Florida posters and members and lurkers.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: LDJVR on February 18, 2010, 02:30:22 PM
 I called the offices of the remaining Congressmen/women in TN this morning. If all will cosponsor it will be 8 more.
The were all very kind even though I wasn't from their district and most said they would contact me when a decision is made.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: pam.in.ny on February 18, 2010, 05:20:47 PM
I just posted this on Rangel's Facebook Page, although the minute I hit the share button, I realized I had typed Marty instead of Michael. :mad: Here is the link again to his page. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Charles-Rangel/7390589055 (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Charles-Rangel/7390589055) Let's get a bunch of us to comment on his wall and perhaps he may listen. Is everyone game?  :cool:
Pam
Congressman Rangel. I see that you haven't co-sponsored H.R. 3240, the International Child Abduction Act of 2009. It would
provide tools to help bring abducted US children home by opening the door for
sanctions against countries that do not comply or that ignore the Hague
Convention, perhaps accelerating the return of int...ernationally
kidnapped children. Marty McCarty of Manhattan and the other left behind parents need to have their children brought back home. Please co-sponsor H. R. 3240 and help bring Liam McCarty and the others home. We look forward to your support.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: pam.in.ny on February 18, 2010, 05:22:24 PM
I called the offices of the remaining Congressmen/women in TN this morning. If all will cosponsor it will be 8 more.
The were all very kind even though I wasn't from their district and most said they would contact me when a decision is made.


That is great. When I read your post and saw that you called Reps out of your district, I did the same for a couple here
in NY. Luckily, they didn't ask for my address so they didn't know I wasn't a constituent. :)

Pam
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: phillyone on February 18, 2010, 06:04:55 PM
That  is great news that you were able to call out of your district. I will try that too and see what happens. What is the worse they can do? Hang up on me because I'm not from their district?  :biggrin
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: pam.in.ny on February 18, 2010, 06:37:44 PM
I'm very disappointed in my congressman.

Sashia,

Who is your congressman. I know you've said before but I don't remember and am just toooooo tired
tonight to search through past posts. LOL. Does he have a Facebook page? Is so, let me know and I'll
post something on his wall.

I see that someone commented on Rangel's wall after I did. Perhaps these Facebook pages might
be a good weapon for us to use. We could post their links on the BSH Facebook page.

Pam


Edited to add" YAHOOOOOOO, I finally made it to 100 posts. :biggrin
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: FC_Florida on February 23, 2010, 04:37:04 PM
I've forgotten who are the members  that live in Florida, but that's a good idea. Flavia, I know is in Florida. Can we organize a place on the forum for people to connect by state?
Some people don't list their state, or like me, put a fake one (when I was hiding my true identity from the LeS's lol, now I don't care). It would be good to have 20 people hounding our "elected servants" instead of just one.

Hi Sashia,

Count me in. We do have little representation in Florida. One of the few who have co-sponsored Rep. Smith's bill, Rep. Lincoln Diaz- Ballart (21 District), will not seek another term on Congress.
Pam gave a great idea-- let's try Facebook. I found out my Congresswoman has a page there. Let gather all Floridians to work together on a little Facebook project.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: sue on March 03, 2010, 09:45:13 AM
Mine wrote back to me and is considering co-sponsoring this bill.  
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: M.Capestro on March 03, 2010, 09:56:42 AM
Hooray! Who's your rep?
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: sue on March 03, 2010, 10:01:47 AM
Darrell Issa
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: pam.in.ny on March 03, 2010, 10:28:06 AM
Gail that is fantastic. I just found his Facebook page and will post on it when I get home tonight.
Here is the link for anyone else wanting to urge Darrell Issa to cosponsor.
http://www.facebook.com/darrellissa# (http://www.facebook.com/darrellissa#)!/darrellissa?v=wall

Great work Gail.

Pam
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: sue on March 03, 2010, 05:36:34 PM
Thanks for that info!  I just wrote on his Facebook wall!  If you write on it too, maybe he will finally co-sponsor this.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: pam.in.ny on March 03, 2010, 06:44:50 PM
Thanks for that info!  I just wrote on his Facebook wall!  If you write on it too, maybe he will finally co-sponsor this.


Gail I posted on it as well. Come one everyone, We need more comments on Congressman Issa's Facebook wall.
Again the link is http://www.facebook.com/darrellissa?v=wall (http://www.facebook.com/darrellissa?v=wall)


Also, don't forget the list of Congressmen/women Facebook pages that I posted in the other thread.
Is everyone posting?
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: phillyone on March 03, 2010, 08:10:58 PM
I just wrote on his wall.. hope he gets the message. BTW, I hear Charles Rangel from NY resigned. has he cosponsored?
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: pam.in.ny on March 03, 2010, 08:55:27 PM
I just wrote on his wall.. hope he gets the message. BTW, I hear Charles Rangel from NY resigned. has he cosponsored?

Rangel just stepped down as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee he hasn't resigned yet that
I know of and he still hasn't cosponsored. :mad:
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: dhanika on March 09, 2010, 10:42:22 PM
Hello everyone I am working with two congressmen from Massachusetts, the Rep. from my congressional district, Rep. John Olver and Rep. Neal.  Rep. Neal has expressed interest in HR 3240 and Rep. Olver's office seems to have taken an interest in my case.

What can I do to get them more information on HR 3240?  Should I be asking them to co-sponsor HR 3240?
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: M.Capestro on March 10, 2010, 07:19:09 AM
Dhanika, one of our forum members put together a binder of information that many have been using in their one-on-one meetings with their congressional reps. I've not seen him in the forum much lately, but will reach out to him via email and ask him to get in touch with you.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: SageDad on March 12, 2010, 09:32:06 PM
Congressman Price's (D-NC) legislative assistant told me he would discuss this bill with the Congressman and let me know what he decides.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: pam.in.ny on March 12, 2010, 09:42:11 PM
 :yeahthat  Crossing fingers here. :)
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: pam.in.ny on March 12, 2010, 09:58:31 PM
Mine wrote back to me and is considering co-sponsoring this bill.  Rep is Darrell Issa.

Gail, have you heard any more about Issa cosponsoring? Perhaps you might want to
start a thread for the Reps in CA who you think might be good ones to work on co-
sponsoring? We probably should work on Issa seeing how he is considering to become
a cosponsor.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Audax on March 13, 2010, 01:49:55 AM
Congressman Price's (D-NC) legislative assistant told me he would discuss this bill with the Congressman and let me know what he decides.
Any  word yet? Let us know.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Sashia on March 13, 2010, 10:51:42 AM
Just stopping in. Computer is back in order, My excel files are intact, and I'm over half way finished with Media contacts for the state of Florida..I started with 600. I've weeded through all of them and found the  viable ones with editors emails etc. I've thinned them out to about 250 so far.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: pam.in.ny on March 13, 2010, 11:58:47 AM
Sashia,

Welcome back!!! If I can help you with sending letters to the editor of local papers, please
let me know. I've had nine printed so far. Maybe Florida wouldn't mind printing ones from
an out of stater. :)
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: ICR&I on March 18, 2010, 06:01:37 PM
I am sorry. Although I support the general context of the Bill, as I just read it, I still do not see the preventative measure. There must be additional measures to prevent abducted children being removed from the United States or entering the United States. I am presently dealing with a case of prevention in Colombia South America, again related to Brazil (big surprise), where it has been suggested that the Brazilian Ambassador will help relocate a child from Colombia to Brazil. Fortunately, children can not leave Colombia without the notarized consent of both parents. There must be additional documents to support the parental permissions.

This is what we need in the United States to coincide with the current Bill. Otherwise, parents will continue to leave the United States or Enter the United States with their internationally abducted children. A Pound of Legislative Weight and an Ounce of Prevention will go further to preventing International Abductions to and from the US while forcing the return of our precious American Family.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: tweinstein on March 18, 2010, 09:18:30 PM
I completely agree that the United States needs to enforce some degree of exit controls. There are so many things that are screwed up in the arena of international child abduction. So far, 3240 is the most comprehensive attempt to address these problems.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: pam.in.ny on March 29, 2010, 09:00:38 PM
I have a couple questions that I hope someone can answer.

I was checking Thomas tonight and was wondering what is happening in these committees
with H.R. 3240. I've attached a screenshot of what it reads. I noticed that a couple read
"referral", while the others read "Referral, In Committee".

Is there anyone here, who knows about the process of how introducing a bill works, that
would explain what is happening with H.R. 3240 and what is happening in the committees
that say only "referral"? Does that mean it's only been referred to that committee and isn't
yet in the committee? If so, how can we get it into that committee?

2nd question:
Once a bill has been introduced, Members may add their names as cosponsors until the bill has been
reported from all the committees to which it is referred
(or been discharged from the
committees).

What does it mean by "reported from all committees to which it is referred"?

Thank you beforehand!!!!!!!!!!!!

Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: UD_student on April 11, 2010, 05:32:12 PM
For those still unsuccessful with getting their own representative to sign on, here is the strategy Will Lake, father of abducted child Mary Lake, found successful as his LBP status and discussions with his representative and his assistants wasn't enough to convince his Congressman, Jeff Miller. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and had his friends there all send postcards on multiple occasions stating that they were registered voters in Jeff Miller's district and that they wanted him to support this legislation. Theoretically, that should extrapolate to any group we are involved with if we can get a form postcard made and send it in. I don't recommend it as a first option, but if nothing else is working, perhaps this strategy would work.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: greg4sean on April 11, 2010, 08:18:36 PM
For those still unsuccessful with getting their own representative to sign on, here is the strategy Will Lake, father of abducted child Mary Lake, found successful as his LBP status and discussions with his representative and his assistants wasn't enough to convince his Congressman, Jeff Miller. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and had his friends there all send postcards on multiple occasions stating that they were registered voters in Jeff Miller's district and that they wanted him to support this legislation. Theoretically, that should extrapolate to any group we are involved with if we can get a form postcard made and send it in. I don't recommend it as a first option, but if nothing else is working, perhaps this strategy would work.

I like the idea of post cards to make it easier for people to help us with quick points about HR 3240. It is a good idea but the personal touch should be done first and continued to be used even if you do a post card mail in for they may see it just as junk mail. Don't get discouraged and keep calling, writing, and visiting with them in person if you can get an appointment back at home or in Washington. I thought Kay Granger would never cosponsor but I kept at it and she finally saw the light. Belive me some of the stuff from her office staff and herself was just  :shitstorm  Now, I keep working on other members of the Texas delegation. Whatever it takes to make the see the light is good.


Everyone keep fighting for the kids!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: pam.in.ny on April 13, 2010, 04:39:25 PM
About a month ago, I emailed Congressman Boozman (AR3 and cosponsor of H Res 125) and today, received a reply from him. What I found interesting was the fact that he stated in his email, almost word for word what I had emailed him regarding H.R. 3240. At least he responded and although I am not a constituient of his, I'll keep at him.  I've been targeting the Reps who cosponsored HRes 125 as well as those who serve on the Foreign Affairs Committee. Now that the House has reconvened, perhaps I'll get some more replies.

Quote
Thank you for contacting me to express your support for H.R. 3240, the "International Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009."  It is always good to hear from you.

As you know, Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ) introduced H.R. 3240 on July 16, 2009.  This legislation establishes an Office on International Child Abductions within in the Department of State which would be headed by the Ambassador at Large for International Child Abductions.  I certainly understand your support.  The Sean Goldman case, which Representative Smith worked tirelessly on, highlighted the plight of thousands of parents whose children are being held in another country against their American parent's will.  The goal of the "International Child Abduction Prevention Act" is to give the State Department the tools to greater assist in these cases.  As a Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, which has jurisdiction over this issue, please be assured that I will visit with Representative Smith to discuss this legislation and will keep your thoughts in mind should it come before the Committee or the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote.

Again, thank you for contacting me on this very important issue. Please be sure to visit our website at www.boozman.house.gov (http://www.boozman.house.gov), where you can sign up for my weekly e-newsletter. I look forward to your continued correspondence.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: JonathanR on April 13, 2010, 04:46:34 PM
About a month ago, I emailed Congressman Boozman (AR3 and cosponsor of H Res 125) and today, received a reply from him. What I found interesting was the fact that he stated in his email, almost word for word what I had emailed him regarding H.R. 3240. At least he responded and although I am not a constituient of his, I'll keep at him.  I've been targeting the Reps who cosponsored HRes 125 as well as those who serve on the Foreign Affairs Committee. Now that the House has reconvened, perhaps I'll get some more replies.

Quote
Thank you for contacting me to express your support for H.R. 3240, the "International Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009."  It is always good to hear from you.

As you know, Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ) introduced H.R. 3240 on July 16, 2009.  This legislation establishes an Office on International Child Abductions within in the Department of State which would be headed by the Ambassador at Large for International Child Abductions.  I certainly understand your support.  The Sean Goldman case, which Representative Smith worked tirelessly on, highlighted the plight of thousands of parents whose children are being held in another country against their American parent's will.  The goal of the "International Child Abduction Prevention Act" is to give the State Department the tools to greater assist in these cases.  As a Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, which has jurisdiction over this issue, please be assured that I will visit with Representative Smith to discuss this legislation and will keep your thoughts in mind should it come before the Committee or the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote.

Again, thank you for contacting me on this very important issue. Please be sure to visit our website at www.boozman.house.gov (http://www.boozman.house.gov), where you can sign up for my weekly e-newsletter. I look forward to your continued correspondence.

So in essence, Boozman is saying his support is contingent on the outcome of his meeting with Chris Smith? May be ambiguous, but at least it's better than what I got from my Congressman!! Mine was more of a "I'll stay afloat of this issue" response, which kinda pi$$ed me off.  :mad:
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: phillyone on April 13, 2010, 05:38:30 PM
This a "better" letter than I got from congressman Adler! :biggrin
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: pam.in.ny on April 13, 2010, 06:39:27 PM
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So in essence, Boozman is saying his support is contingent on the outcome of his meeting with Chris Smith? May be ambiguous, but at least it's better than what I got from my Congressman!! Mine was more of a "I'll stay afloat of this issue" response, which kinda pi$$ed me off.  :mad:

Jonathan,

Who is your Rep? I'll add him to my list.:)
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: M.Capestro on April 14, 2010, 08:16:06 AM
I think that's a fair response. After seeing how many different issues are waiting to be reviewed by these committees, I find I have more patience with the text book responses. I'm happy to see that he's committed to meet with Smith, but agree that we need to stay on top of him. Maybe a reminder letter in a week or two.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: BringJusticeHome on April 17, 2010, 02:28:04 PM
Hey my aunt has a lot of connections with the Florida reps... Does anyone have a list of all the Florida reps... She is more then willing to help and talk to them and get their support. Also do we currently have any Florida reps cosponsoring?
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: pam.in.ny on April 17, 2010, 02:37:16 PM
Hey my aunt has a lot of connections with the Florida reps... Does anyone have a list of all the Florida reps... She is more then willing to help and talk to them and get their support. Also do we currently have any Florida reps cosponsoring?

Below is a list of the Reps in Florida from http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW_by_State.shtml#fl (http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW_by_State.shtml#fl)

You can click on their names at the site and it will take you to their official web page where
all contact information is available.
Kosmas, Suzanne M., Florida, 24th is a cosponsor of H.R. 3240.

Hope this helps and tell your aunt, thank you.:)


Florida

    * Bilirakis, Gus M., Florida, 9th
    * Boyd, Allen, Florida, 2nd
    * Brown, Corrine, Florida, 3rd
    * Brown-Waite, Virginia, Florida, 5th
    * Buchanan, Vern, Florida, 13th
    * Crenshaw, Ander, Florida, 4th
    * Castor, Kathy, Florida, 11th
    * Deutch, Ted, Florida, 19th
    * Diaz-Balart, Lincoln, Florida, 21st
    * Diaz-Balart, Mario, Florida, 25th
    * Hastings, Alcee L., Florida, 23rd
    * Grayson, Alan, Florida, 8th
    * Klein, Ron , Florida, 22nd
    * Kosmas, Suzanne M., Florida, 24th
    * Mack, Connie, Florida, 14th
    * Meek, Kendrick, Florida, 17th
    * Mica, John, Florida, 7th
    * Miller, Jeff, Florida, 1st
    * Posey, Bill, Florida, 15th
    * Putnam, Adam, Florida, 12th
    * Rooney, Tom, Florida, 16th
    * Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana, Florida, 18th
    * Stearns, Cliff, Florida, 6th
    * Wasserman Schultz, Debbie, Florida, 20th
    * Young, C.W. Bill, Florida, 10th

Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Bree on April 27, 2010, 02:46:11 PM
Hey my aunt has a lot of connections with the Florida reps... Does anyone have a list of all the Florida reps... She is more then willing to help and talk to them and get their support. Also do we currently have any Florida reps cosponsoring?

Below is a list of the Reps in Florida from http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW_by_State.shtml#fl (http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW_by_State.shtml#fl)

You can click on their names at the site and it will take you to their official web page where
all contact information is available.
Kosmas, Suzanne M., Florida, 24th is a cosponsor of H.R. 3240.

Hope this helps and tell your aunt, thank you.:)


Florida

    * Bilirakis, Gus M., Florida, 9th
    * Boyd, Allen, Florida, 2nd
    * Brown, Corrine, Florida, 3rd
    * Brown-Waite, Virginia, Florida, 5th
    * Buchanan, Vern, Florida, 13th
    * Crenshaw, Ander, Florida, 4th
    * Castor, Kathy, Florida, 11th
    * Deutch, Ted, Florida, 19th
    * Diaz-Balart, Lincoln, Florida, 21st
    * Diaz-Balart, Mario, Florida, 25th
    * Hastings, Alcee L., Florida, 23rd
    * Grayson, Alan, Florida, 8th
    * Klein, Ron , Florida, 22nd
    * Kosmas, Suzanne M., Florida, 24th
    * Mack, Connie, Florida, 14th
    * Meek, Kendrick, Florida, 17th
    * Mica, John, Florida, 7th
    * Miller, Jeff, Florida, 1st
    * Posey, Bill, Florida, 15th
    * Putnam, Adam, Florida, 12th
    * Rooney, Tom, Florida, 16th
    * Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana, Florida, 18th
    * Stearns, Cliff, Florida, 6th
    * Wasserman Schultz, Debbie, Florida, 20th
    * Young, C.W. Bill, Florida, 10th



Allen Boyd is my Congressman and I have emailed and called several times.  After 3 months, I received a response that said he would consider the bill when it reached the floor.   :madgo

He's a real piece of (well, you know). 
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: SageDad on April 27, 2010, 03:16:10 PM

Allen Boyd is my Congressman and I have emailed and called several times.  After 3 months, I received a response that said he would consider the bill when it reached the floor.   :madgo

He's a real piece of (well, you know). 

As though considering a bill on the floor of the house would be a favor for a constituent.. Isn't considering bills on the floor of the house like the absolute bare minimum a Congressman can do?  I wonder what he thinks the job description of a Congressman is.  You contacted your congressman and he basically replied to you confirming he would do his job if he had to... uh.. thanks Boyd  :confused:
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: kittykat on April 27, 2010, 05:28:40 PM
Hey, I've been on and off working on my congress-person, Charlie Rangel. Today I was put through to his legislative director by the receptionist and I left a message about 3240. He called back when I was on the subway and left a message for me that he wasn't familiar with the legislation and if I wanted to call him back to explain it to him I was welcome to do so. So, what's the best thing to say? Does anybody have a schpeel or like a summary of important points to make? I'm going to call him back tomorrow. Someone can post it or PM me.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: UD_student on April 27, 2010, 06:03:42 PM
Does anybody have a schpeel or like a summary of important points to make?

Here is what I say in some variation when I speak with people in person or on the phone. It tends to be shorter on the phone, so feel free to use some of this that fits your style.

Over 2800 US kids have been abducted by a parent to another country. Although the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction is designed to return children to their country prior to the abduction within 6 weeks, some cases languish in court for years. In countries not party to the Hague Convention, such as Japan, left behind parents have no legal means to seek the return of their children. Japan is a black hole as no abducted child has been returned in over 58 years. Children have a right to know both of their parents and deserve much better than to be cut off from one parent for no reason. HR 3240, the International Parental Abduction Act provides tools for the President and State Department to address this problem with any countries not returning children who were abducted by a parent. This legislation is fiscally responsible to work on effective methods to return American children. These tools include an Amabassador-At-Large wholly dedicated to international child abduction, a robust office in the State Department to aggressively work to resolve abduction cases and prescribe a series of increasingly punitive actions and sanctions the president and State Department may impose on a nation that demonstrates a "pattern of non-cooperation" in resolving child abduction issues. Regretfully, diplomatic overtures and admonishing words are simply not enough as the number of internationally abducted children doubled within ONE YEAR with 821 children abducted in [Fiscal year] 2007 and 1615 children abducted in [Fiscal year] 2008. Will you please co-sponsor this legislation to help protect children, our most vulnerable citizens?

Addendum: If you PM me your email address, I will gladly send along a 2 page letter that I left with Congressman last week that has a bit more background of why the legislation is important. I should be able to post a dear colleague letter I got from Chris Smith's office last week a bit later this evening, which should also give good background (you'll notice my list of what HR 3240 does is taken practically verbatim from there).

Stats are taken from the Hague Abduction Compliance reports from 2008 and 2009:
http://travel.state.gov/family/abduction/resources/resources_4308.html (http://travel.state.gov/family/abduction/resources/resources_4308.html)
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: phillyone on April 27, 2010, 08:39:30 PM
So, what's the best thing to say? Does anybody have a schpeel or like a summary of important points to make?

Here's a quick explanation that M. Capestro provided in one of the forums:

H.R. 3240 would ensure compliance with the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction by countries with which the United States enjoys reciprocal obligations, to establish procedures for the prompt return of children abducted to other countries.

Hope this helps! Good luck!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: phillyone on April 27, 2010, 08:46:21 PM
Also, the following Thread has an explantion of HR 3240. This may help too..



http://bringseanhome.org/forums/index.php/topic,3077.0.html (http://bringseanhome.org/forums/index.php/topic,3077.0.html)
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: UD_student on April 27, 2010, 09:58:25 PM
Here is Chris Smith's dear colleague letter from when Bernard Aronson's op-ed appeared in the Washington Post February 17, 2010. When I was in DC last week, his staffer Allison gave it to me as part of a folder they give out with information on HR3240: the legislation text, this letter and the op-ed piece.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: SageDad on April 27, 2010, 10:54:50 PM
Does anybody have a schpeel or like a summary of important points to make?

Here is what I say in some variation when I speak with people in person or on the phone. It tends to be shorter on the phone, so feel free to use some of this that fits your style.

Over 2800 US kids have been abducted by a parent to another country. Although the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction is designed to return children to their country prior to the abduction within 6 weeks, some cases languish in court for years. In countries not party to the Hague Convention, such as Japan, left behind parents have no legal means to seek the return of their children. Japan is a black hole as no abducted child has been returned in over 58 years. Children have a right to know both of their parents and deserve much better than to be cut off from one parent for no reason. HR 3240, the International Parental Abduction Act provides tools for the President and State Department to address this problem with any countries not returning children who were abducted by a parent. This legislation is fiscally responsible to work on effective methods to return American children. These tools include an Amabassador-At-Large wholly dedicated to international child abduction, a robust office in the State Department to aggressively work to resolve abduction cases and prescribe a series of increasingly punitive actions and sanctions the president and State Department may impose on a nation that demonstrates a "pattern of non-cooperation" in resolving child abduction issues. Regretfully, diplomatic overtures and admonishing words are simply not enough as the number of internationally abducted children doubled within ONE YEAR with 821 children abducted in [Fiscal year] 2007 and 1615 children abducted in [Fiscal year] 2008. Will you please co-sponsor this legislation to help protect children, our most vulnerable citizens?

Addendum: If you PM me your email address, I will gladly send along a 2 page letter that I left with Congressman last week that has a bit more background of why the legislation is important. I should be able to post a dear colleague letter I got from Chris Smith's office last week a bit later this evening, which should also give good background (you'll notice my list of what HR 3240 does is taken practically verbatim from there).

Stats are taken from the Hague Abduction Compliance reports from 2008 and 2009:
http://travel.state.gov/family/abduction/resources/resources_4308.html (http://travel.state.gov/family/abduction/resources/resources_4308.html)

There are some newer numbers in this new article:

http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=375019 (http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=375019)

Apparently it's now "over 2000 currently open cases involving over 3000 children." 

Might also say that "over 70% of all international abductions take children to third world countries with poor track records of protecting children or human rights.  Countries like Mexico and Brazil that are regional leaders in the trafficking of children's organs.  What's more over 70% of the countries marked as not fully compliant are also third world countries.  So American children are more likely to be illegally taken into dangerous countries where American courts, social services and law enforcement have no jurisdiction and are less likely to come back from those very countries.  The US State Department just authorized and funded members of the US Foreign Service working in Mexico to relocate their children due to the dangerous conditions in the country and Mexico is the destination country for 65% of all abductions of American children to Hague countries.  If it's not safe for the families of the State Dept. how can we abandon America's kidnapped and illegally retained children there or simply depend on countries with a history of corruption and noncompliance to keep their word without the actionable threat of potential consequences?  Abducted children end up in orphanages (McCarthy), foster homes (Noah), married off as the fifth wife to some middle-eastern businessman at age 12-13 (lots of examples), sold to pedophiles (attempted - Hindle) or beaten and killed (Zanger et al.)

It is not well understood or appreciated how much worse an international abduction is than a standard domestic parental kidnapping.  Aside from the fact that the odds of recovering the child become astronomically smaller, even in a best case scenario for an unrecovered internationally abducted child, where the parent and child reunite as adults, they will probably have no shared cultural or national history -- they may not even speak the same language and this is above and beyond the fact that they've been robbed of the opportunity to share a childhood together.

Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: kittykat on April 28, 2010, 12:08:08 AM
So, we only have till May 1st to get the other 9 co-sponsors? If we don't, then the bill dies and has to be reintroduced, right?
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: M.Capestro on April 28, 2010, 07:01:50 AM
We had set May 1 as a target date to reach 50 co-sponsors. Our work continues until the legislation is brought to the House floor for vote.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: kittykat on April 28, 2010, 02:23:10 PM
I did finally speak to Rangel's legislative guy. He asked me about Smith's "Dear Colleague" letter because he didn't remember getting it. I said I had it and e-mailed it to him. I also told him about the competing legislation by Holt and thought that the best solution was what Eleanor Holmes-Norton did, which was to co-sponsor both. I said that to address possible partisan issues. Anyway, we'll see what happens.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: sue on May 06, 2010, 09:27:35 AM
I have written Darrell Issa, again.  Do we have an updated this of co sponsors?
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: phillyone on May 06, 2010, 10:18:04 AM
Gail, I have been calling Issa's office regularly (2 or 3 times a week) ... I thought he had agreed to cosponsor and he's been on my "hot list" . I've also posted on his facebook.

He may be ignoring me because I'm not from his state?
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: pam.in.ny on May 06, 2010, 07:14:40 PM
I sent Issa a fax today and will follow up with another email today and call next week. With H.Res 1326 being fresh on the minds of House members, I'm trying to get as many faxes, emails out this week with follow-ups planned for next week. I was overloaded with art projects today at work but did managed to get out over a dozen faxes. More to go out tomorrow. It would be nice if H.Res 1326 will help us get more attention and cosponsors for H.R. 3240. Remember, congress has a very short attention span, so lets get them while this new resolution is fresh in their heads.:)
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: sue on May 07, 2010, 09:17:19 AM
I sent Issa a fax today and will follow up with another email today and call next week. With H.Res 1326 being fresh on the minds of House members, I'm trying to get as many faxes, emails out this week with follow-ups planned for next week. I was overloaded with art projects today at work but did managed to get out over a dozen faxes. More to go out tomorrow. It would be nice if H.Res 1326 will help us get more attention and cosponsors for H.R. 3240. Remember, congress has a very short attention span, so lets get them while this new resolution is fresh in their heads.:)

I'll keep calling.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: UD_student on May 12, 2010, 06:01:05 PM
I did finally speak to Rangel's legislative guy. He asked me about Smith's "Dear Colleague" letter because he didn't remember getting it. I said I had it and e-mailed it to him. I also told him about the competing legislation by Holt and thought that the best solution was what Eleanor Holmes-Norton did, which was to co-sponsor both. I said that to address possible partisan issues. Anyway, we'll see what happens.

Were you able to get a yes or no answer from Rangel's legislative guy about co-sponsoring the legislation? I know his name hasn't shown up in Thomas yet, but that doesn't mean he even reached his decision.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: greg4sean on May 12, 2010, 07:08:36 PM
Hey everyone I personally know the frustration with your representatives some of you may be going through for I felt it with mine but don’t give up. Kay Granger went from “the best way that I can support 3240 for now is to not co-sponsor.” to being a co-sponsor. I did not give up and my phone bill proves it but it paid off for she came around. One thing I did was to try and make it personal by listing cases in Texas and even from Fort Worth and in addition to the calls I wrote all of the time. Keep up the fight for these kids need us but most importantly they need their left behind parent.  :biggrin
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: phillyone on May 12, 2010, 07:24:43 PM
Thanks Greg4Sean.. I needed that!

I was about to give up on my congressman...the staffers were getting friendly with me but yesterday I got a "snooty" staffer who obviously is getting sick of hearing from me.

But I remember my own motto "until he says No", I won't goive up..
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: greg4sean on May 12, 2010, 07:51:45 PM
Yeah I ran into very rude people in Granger's office as well. The only person who half way listend to me was her Foreign relations legislative assistant. I think all total I spoke with her for about 9 hours alone on multiple calls. All total 48 hours of calls to each of her offices. I only know that from the phone bill and I lost count on how many letters. I really think what helped the most was to make it personal and closer to home. Don't give up for you never know. Now I am concentrating on the other reps from the North Central Texas area. I get a lot of the same  :shitstorm from them but I will keep trying. I keep spreading the news as much as I can as my family can tell you and at every family gathering during the blessing I add a prayer for all of the kids, left behind parents, and Congress to do the right thing. The prayer is genuine and it tells the family how important it is for me. It was so nice at Christmas to do the same but add thanks for Sean being home. I want to do the same next year for Sage, Emily, Isaac, Rebecca, Anand, and all of the others. I will not give up and I know you will not either. The force is with us and the evil Sith will not win!

Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: familygal on June 18, 2010, 07:15:16 PM
I received this e-mail today from my Congressman, John Campbell (R-CA).  Over the past several months, I have contacted him many times regarding H.R. 3240 and he has now finally responded.  He stated concern that the bill is being considered by 5 House committees which he says is unusual.  His concern is that there will be key changes to the bill during this committee process and for that reason he could not make a firm commitment for or against the bill  right now but would keep the points I made in mind when the bill comes to his committee.  I don't know if this means that he would consider co-sponsoring the bill, or if he is just talking about voting for or against it.

From what I researched, Rep. Campbell serves on the House Committee on Financial Services and The House Budget Committee.  So it seems that his concerns with the bill may be financial.  I was hoping some of you who have had experience talking with Congresspeople regarding HR3240 may have some insight on how to respond to this issue.  From his letter, I can't tell if he has any other types concerns with the bill.

Rep. Campbell is also a member of the Republican Study Committee.   When members of this committee analyze bills they take into consideration guiding principals  (their so-called "Conservative Check Card") that represent their ideology.  From my analysis, the principals that may may pertain, both positively and negatively, to supporting HR3240 are as follows:  (1) Less GovernmentDoes the bill tend to reduce government regulations, size of government? (2) Personal ResponsibilityDoes the bill encourage responsible behavior by individuals and families and encourage them to provide for their own health, safety, education, moral fortitude, or general welfare? (3)Individual Freedom Does the bill increase opportunities for individuals or families to decide, without hindrance or coercion from government, how to conduct their own lives and make personal choices? (4) Strong Families Does the bill enhance the traditional American family and its power to rear children without excessive interference from the government? (5)Domestic Tranquility Does the bill enhance American security without unduly burdening civil liberty?  FYI: It does not look like Rep. Chris Smith is a member of this committee.

I would like to be able to respond to Rep. Campbell's e-mail intelligently (or at least try :hihi) so if anyone who could give me some guidance I would appreciate it.  I will also be sure the raise the issue of H. Res. 1326 as well.

Here is the e-mail I received:
 
June 18, 2010
 
 
Dear Ms. Lester:
 
Thank you for contacting me to express your support for H.R. 3240, the International Parental Abduction Act. I appreciate hearing from you on this matter.
 
As you know, H.R. 3240 would create within the Department of State an Office on International Child Abductions to be headed by an Ambassador-at-Large for International Child Abduction. This Ambassador would advocate on behalf of abducted U.S. children, and put in place a system that will prevent abductions or result in the child's swift return. H.R. 3240 will mandate annual presidential and congressional committee review of abduction cases in order to expedite the return of such children, as well as additional guidelines for the President and the Secretary concerning timely attention to these cases. This bill will also detail sanctions for countries which do not cooperate in these children's safe return to their families.
 
Currently, H.R. 3240 is being considered by five House committees, which is very unusual for a bill to be considered by that many committees.  Many times bills are significantly amended in the committee process to add or remove key provisions.  Because of these uncertainties, I cannot make a firm commitment for or against H.R. 3240 at this time, but please be assured that I will keep your thoughts in mind when this bill comes to discussion in my committee.
 
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.  Having the benefit of your views is important, and I appreciate you sharing them with me.
 

I remain respectfully,

JOHN CAMPBELL
Member of Congress
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Post by: phillyone on June 18, 2010, 08:09:00 PM
Family gal,

Wow! you got a better response than  I have! I'm not quite sure what it means totally, but the comment:

"Currently, H.R. 3240 is being considered by five House committees, which is very unusual for a bill to be considered by that many committees"

is more inofrmation than I've received and didn't know it was considered by 5 committees. Not sure if that's a good thing or not. But, the way I look at it is that congresman Campbell is "thinking about it". At least he didn't say 'NO' to hr 3240...

have a good weekend!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: pam.in.ny on July 06, 2010, 07:47:33 PM
Last month, I had contacted some reps asking them to cosponsor H.R. 3240. and over the past few days, I received a couple responses.

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Thank you for contacting my office regarding H.R. 3240, the "International Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009." I appreciate you sharing how this legislation will have a direct impact on you. Hearing from constituents like you helps to shape the future direction of our nation.

As I continue to learn how this legislation would impact the Third Congressional District and Mississippi, I will take your thoughts and concerns into consideration. Again, I appreciate you sharing your views with me. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can ever be of assistance.

Sincerely,
Gregg Harper

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Thank you for your correspondence regarding H.R. 3240, the International Child Abduction Prevention Act. It is an honor to represent the First Congressional District of Louisiana, and your thoughts and concerns are very important to me.

As you may know, H.R. 3240 was introduced by Representative Chris Smith on July 16, 2009. This legislation, which is currently before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, establishes within the Department of State an Office on International Child Abductions headed by an Ambassador at large. The purpose of this office will be to promote measures to prevent the international abduction of children from the United States, advocate on behalf of abducted children whose habitual residence is the United States, assist left-behind parents in the resolution of abduction or refusal of access cases, and advance mechanisms to prevent and resolve cases of international child abduction.

As the father of two young children, I understand the importance of fighting for legislation and policies that protect children. In 2008, the number of outgoing international child abductions reported to the government increased by about 40%, and we must put an end to this disturbing statistic. Our country must have the ability to bring home American children who were abducted and brought to another country, and to prosecute the abductor to the fullest extent of the law. I appreciate hearing your opinion on this matter, and will remember your thoughts when this legislation comes up for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Thank you again for contacting me. I invite you to visit my website at www.scalise.house.gov (http://www.scalise.house.gov) for more information. You can also sign up for my e-newsletter, the "Scalise Capitol Report," by clicking here. Please do not hesitate to contact my office in the future on matters of importance to you.

Sincerely,
Steve Scalise

 

 
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: phillyone on July 06, 2010, 08:56:04 PM
I have an idea... since we all did well with the Hres1326, let's all focus on that group for the next two weeks and get them to cosponsor HR3240 also?

If all of us gang up on the foreign affairs committe by sending e-mails/phone calls etc. someone is bound to listen to one of us...

We can start by sending out thank you letters "for sponsoring Hres 1326, and BTW , please cosponsor HR 3240"

What does everyone think of this idea?
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: phillyone on July 06, 2010, 09:03:23 PM
BTW.. with the elections coming up in November, I think they may listen to us more closely... especially our own congressmen/women. Now is our opporutnity to be heard!

Just my opinion..
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: lovellboys on July 07, 2010, 03:49:22 PM
I have an idea... since we all did well with the Hres1326, let's all focus on that group for the next two weeks and get them to cosponsor HR3240 also?

If all of us gang up on the foreign affairs committe by sending e-mails/phone calls etc. someone is bound to listen to one of us...


Unless they have caller ID......I swear they know when I am calling.   I am surprised I am not FB friends with some of the staffers I talk to.

I'll concentrate on the letters since I can sound more intelligent.  When I call it probably sounds like I am begging....which I kinda am!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: pam.in.ny on July 07, 2010, 05:03:49 PM
Thank you notes would be nice. I'll start in of them. :)
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: phillyone on July 07, 2010, 09:47:19 PM
Unless they have caller ID......I swear they know when I am calling.   I am surprised I am not FB friends with some of the staffers I talk to.

I'll concentrate on the letters since I can sound more intelligent.  When I call it probably sounds like I am begging....which I kinda am!

I know I sound like I'm begging too! :hihi
I'm going to write thank you letters.. oh and btw please sign HR 3240.

Now, I don't sound like I want a mile when they gave me an inch ... do I?
 :biggrin
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: familygal on July 08, 2010, 12:13:36 AM
I like the idea of the thank yous and by the way, please also support HR 3240.  I'll get working on them.  You guys are great!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: UD_student on July 11, 2010, 04:34:36 PM
I think it makes sense to concentrate on those co-sponsors who signed onto HRes1326. However, does anyone know what/which House committee(s) is(are) more important than others to get the co-sponsors from in order to get the bill out of committees and the 2 subcommittees in Judiciary committee?
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: phillyone on July 20, 2010, 05:10:18 PM
Rep Gary Miller (CA)  signed on yesterday.. that makes 46 cosponsors of HR 3240! :yeahthat

He's also a cosponsor of Hres1326 so let's keep working on the cosponsors of HRes 1326 to support HR 3240
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: phillyone on July 20, 2010, 05:13:35 PM
BTW , does anybody know what our goal is for HR 3240 in order to get it to the house floor?
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: pam.in.ny on July 20, 2010, 07:37:38 PM
Phillyone,

Great news that 3240 has another cosponsor. The more the merrier. I've been
so busy this week that I didn't check Thomas. I'm glad that you did. :-)) I don't
know what the magic number would be for cosponsors but I am guessing that
as many as we can get. The more the merrier and also perhaps we would have
a better chance getting members of the committees to cosponsor. The more
committee members that are on board with the bill, perhaps the quicker we
can get it out of committee and onto the floor.

Thanks for the great news of a new cosponsor. It's been a while since we last
had a new cosponsor.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: sue on July 21, 2010, 05:16:35 PM
Rep Gary Miller (CA)  signed on yesterday.. that makes 46 cosponsors of HR 3240! :yeahthat

He's also a cosponsor of Hres1326 so let's keep working on the cosponsors of HRes 1326 to support HR 3240
Do we have a current list of the co sponsors?
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: UD_student on July 21, 2010, 06:32:38 PM
Do we have a current list of the co sponsors?

From Thomas Register sorted by last name (Chris Smith is the original sponsor, and he is not listed below). As we know, Rep. Massa resigned and I'm guessing although he is still listed, he doesn't 'officially' count.

Rep Blackburn, Marsha [TN-7] - 9/30/2009
Rep Blunt, Roy [MO-7] - 4/21/2010
Rep Burton, Dan [IN-5] - 9/30/2009
Rep Calvert, Ken [CA-44] - 5/20/2010
Rep Cao, Anh "Joseph" [LA-2] - 2/26/2010
Rep Castle, Michael N. [DE] - 5/6/2010
Rep Duncan, John J., Jr. [TN-2] - 9/30/2009
Rep Emerson, Jo Ann [MO-8] - 9/30/2009
Rep Fortenberry, Jeff [NE-1] - 7/16/2009
Rep Franks, Trent [AZ-2] - 9/30/2009
Rep Garrett, Scott [NJ-5] - 3/12/2010
Rep Granger, Kay [TX-12] - 2/26/2010
Rep Gutierrez, Luis V. [IL-4] - 10/13/2009
Rep Hinchey, Maurice D. [NY-22] - 2/26/2010
Rep Inglis, Bob [SC-4] - 7/16/2009
Rep Johnson, Timothy V. [IL-15] - 3/9/2010
Rep Kosmas, Suzanne M. [FL-24] - 1/13/2010
Rep Lance, Leonard [NJ-7] - 1/13/2010
Rep Latham, Tom [IA-4] - 4/15/2010
Rep LoBiondo, Frank A. [NJ-2] - 3/12/2010
Rep Lungren, Daniel E. [CA-3] - 9/30/2009
Rep Maffei, Daniel B. [NY-25] - 9/30/2009
Rep Massa, Eric J. J. [NY-29] - 10/7/2009
Rep McCotter, Thaddeus G. [MI-11] - 11/19/2009
Rep McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [WA-5] - 9/30/2009
Rep Miller, Gary G. [CA-42] - 7/19/2010
Rep Miller, Jeff [FL-1] - 3/12/2010
Rep Minnick, Walter [ID-1] - 4/29/2010
Rep Mollohan, Alan B. [WV-1] - 7/16/2009
Rep Moran, James P. [VA-8] - 9/30/2009
Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes [DC] - 4/15/2010
Rep Olson, Pete [TX-22] - 1/13/2010
Rep Poe, Ted [TX-2] - 7/16/2009
Rep Sanchez, Loretta [CA-47] - 7/16/2009
Rep Schock, Aaron [IL-18] - 2/26/2010
Rep Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [WI-5] - 7/16/2009
Rep Shimkus, John [IL-19] - 10/13/2009
Rep Shuster, Bill [PA-9] - 11/6/2009
Rep Souder, Mark E. [IN-3] - 9/30/2009
Rep Thompson, Glenn [PA-5] - 3/9/2010
Rep Tierney, John F. [MA-6] - 11/6/2009
Rep Turner, Michael R. [OH-3] - 2/26/2010
Rep Wamp, Zach [TN-3] - 2/3/2010
Rep Waters, Maxine [CA-35] - 5/6/2010
Rep Wittman, Robert J. [VA-1] - 10/7/2009
Rep Wolf, Frank R. [VA-10] - 7/16/2009
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: sue on July 21, 2010, 07:31:58 PM
Thank you!
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: pam.in.ny on July 21, 2010, 08:13:30 PM
I had contacted Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee's office a couple times and finally got a response. .....at least it was
a response. There's still hope that we can get her to cosponsor H.R. 3240.

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Thank you for your recent correspondence in which you express your views about an issue of major importance.

As you know, there are many issues such as the one you raised that are before Congress and deserve our attention.  While every issue is a legislative priority to me, Congress may not be able to pass substantive legislation this year on this issue.  However, I am constantly reviewing the legislative calendar with the goal of identifying issues to make sure they receive the attention they deserve, and will take your views under consideration.

During the 111th Congress, which will end some time later this year, we have been able to address major legislative priorities including, healthcare reform and financial services regulatory reform. Indeed, my concern is that we can always do more on behalf of the American people. As such, I will count on you to continue to inform me of your concerns and interests, particularly as they relate to issues like the one you have brought to my attention.

There are many issues facing the 111th Congress, and I am committed to enacting policies and programs that will benefit the American people.  Please be assured that I will keep your thoughts in mind if and when legislation related to this issue comes before Congress.

Again, thank you for sharing your views with me.  Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future at www.jacksonlee.house.gov (http://www.jacksonlee.house.gov) with your comments and concerns.

 
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: UD_student on July 22, 2010, 09:14:46 AM
Pam, yes, while it is a generic response, it is something. The only responses I've gotten otherwise from multiple emails and phone calls have been from those reps who decided to co-sponsor and emailed me back to let me know that they had signed on. I'm going to keep calling people on the target list as they are one two committees the bill is in consideration for. I went through the spreadsheet Missy posted a few months back and if I recall correctly, the new co-sponsors are either not on any committee or are on the Financial Services committee and none of the other House committees the bill is in consideration for. I definitely am going to target some more of the co-sponsors from H.Res 1326 as I hope they (especially ones on the target list) would be willing to sign onto HR3240. Those reps are (contact info copied from what pptoland and M.Capestro have posted elsewhere):

Bill   Delahunt     MA   D   Brian   Forni           brian.forni@mail.house.gov                225-3111
Member of the Foreign Affairs & Judiciary Committees
No FB or Twitter from other posts

Brad   Sherman      CA   D   Erin   Prangley     erin.prangley@mail.house.gov   225-5911
Member of the Financial Services, Foreign Affairs & Judiciary Committees
Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Congressman-Brad-Sherman/63158229861)
Twitter (http://twitter.com/bradsherman)

Keith Ellison [D-MN5]
Member of the Financial Services & Foreign Affairs Committees
P: 202-225-4755
F: 202-225-4886
Online Contact Form (http://forms.house.gov/ellison/webforms/issue_subscribe.htm)
Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/Keith.Ellison)
Twitter (http://twitter.com/keithellison)
Ask to speak with Foreign Affairs representative when calling to attempt to be transferred to the actual person who can address a co-sponsorship request, which is not the intern answering the phone.
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Post by: JerseyGirl on November 16, 2010, 11:33:28 PM

We're now at 48 !   One more cosponsor since yesterday, Rep. Steve Cohen, TN-9.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: tweinstein on November 17, 2010, 06:01:37 AM
How many of the co-sponsors were voted out of office in the recent elections?
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: UD_student on November 17, 2010, 09:54:10 AM
Mike Castle [DE] ran for an open Senate seat and lost in the primary. Unfortunately, he is no longer in the house nor in the Senate to be someone to ask for support from there.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Jara on November 17, 2010, 02:21:37 PM
This is a pretty good link for all those who would like to read this Bill, track it or assist your local Congress for support.

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-3240 (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-3240)

Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Trevor Richardson on February 21, 2011, 11:25:10 PM
Is this resolutuon HR 3240 dead, or is there a chance it will be sent out of committe to the house floor? 
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: TomD on February 22, 2011, 12:05:58 AM
HR3240 is a House Bill, not a resolution. It was introduced by Congressman Chris Smith somewhere around July 2009 and had close to 50 co-sponsors, but never made it out of committee. That was the 111th Congress.  Now that we are in the 112th I no longer see HR3240 listed in THOMAS or OPEN Congress for either congressional session.
Does anyone know if this bill is now dead or what it's official status might be?
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: TomD on February 22, 2011, 12:21:02 AM
Found the following in THOMAS under CRS Summary (which I hope indicates that bill is still alive):
H.R.3240
Latest Title: International Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009
Sponsor: Rep Smith, Christopher H. [NJ-4] (introduced 7/16/2009)      Cosponsors (48)
Latest Major Action: 9/14/2009 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law.SUMMARY AS OF:
7/16/2009--Introduced.

International Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - Establishes within the Department of State an Office on International Child Abductions which shall be headed by the Ambassador at Large for International Child Abductions.

States that Ambassador at Large shall be a principal adviser to the President and the Secretary of State regarding matters of international child abduction and refusals of rights of access. Authorizes the Ambassador at Large to represent the United States in such diplomatic matters and international forums.

States that the primary responsibilities of the Ambassador at Large shall be to: (1) promote measures to prevent the international abduction of children from the United States; (2) advocate on behalf of abducted children whose habitual residence is the United States; (3) assist left-behind parents in the resolution of abduction or refusal of access cases; and (4) advance mechanisms to prevent and resolve cases of international child abduction.

Directs the President to: (1) annually review the status of unresolved cases in each foreign country to determine whether the government has engaged in a pattern of noncooperation, and if so, designate such country as a Country With a Pattern of Noncooperation; (2) notify the appropriate congressional committees of such designation; and (3) take specified presidential or commensurate actions to bring about a cessation of noncooperation.

Sets forth consultation, notification, and reporting requirements for the President and the Secretary.

Prohibits judicial review of any presidential determination or agency action under this Act.

Amends the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the International Financial Institutions Act to require the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the President, respectively, in determining whether a country engages in a pattern of gross human right violations for purposes of assistance considerations, to consider whether such country has engaged in a pattern of noncooperation regarding unresolved cases of international child abduction or denial of rights of access, or has failed to undertake serious efforts to locate children abducted to such country.

Amends the Trade Act of 1974 to consider for tariff preference purposes whether a country has engaged in a pattern of noncooperation regarding unresolved cases of international child abduction or denial of rights of access.

Amends the Admiral James W. Nance and Meg Donovan Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2000 and 2001 to require, for issuance of a passport for a child under 14 years old living outside the United States, that the person executing the passport application provides documentary evidence that such person is a U.S. citizen, has joint custody over the child, and is executing such application outside the United States.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: pam.in.ny on February 22, 2011, 07:47:03 AM
I've been wondering about H.R. 3240 as well. If anyone has any contact information for someone at Rep. Smith's office, I would be more than happy to contact them if you want to send me the info via an email of PM.  With Congressman Smith being in Japan and David's book coming out, this may be a good chance getting H.R. 3240 moving again, if indeed, it is still alive.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: lovellboys on February 22, 2011, 08:18:09 AM
I've been wondering about H.R. 3240 as well. If anyone has any contact information for someone at Rep. Smith's office, I would be more than happy to contact them if you want to send me the info via an email of PM.  With Congressman Smith being in Japan and David's book coming out, this may be a good chance getting H.R. 3240 moving again, if indeed, it is still alive.

I believe it needs to be reintroduced if it does not get passed in the session it originated.  Since it never made it out of committee, it never made it to the floor.    Sad, but I guess they were too busy  :mad:
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: LukieD on February 22, 2011, 10:04:22 AM
I believe it needs to be reintroduced if it does not get passed in the session it originated.  Since it never made it out of committee, it never made it to the floor.    Sad, but I guess they were too busy  :mad:

That's exactly right, lovellboys. The bill will have to be re-introduced in the new Congress and fortunately, that is exactly what Congressman Smith is planning to do. The co-sponsors will have to sign on again but there is no reason that those still in Congress who co-sponsored it last time won't co-sponsor it again. While some co-sponsors lost their elections, new members will be encouraged to sign on also to replace them. And regardless of your politics, a Republican-controlled House of Representatives will give us a much better chance of seeing this bill passed in the House, which is encouraging.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: phillyone on February 22, 2011, 10:14:27 AM

[/quote]

That's exactly right, lovellboys. The bill will have to be re-introduced in the new Congress and fortunately, that is exactly what Congressman Smith is planning to do. The co-sponsors will have to sign on again but there is no reason that those still in Congress who co-sponsored it last time won't co-sponsor it again. While some co-sponsors lost their elections, new members will be encouraged to sign on also to replace them. And regardless of your politics, a Republican-controlled House of Representatives will give us a much better chance of seeing this bill passed in the House, which is encouraging.

[/quote]

LukieD.. do we know when Congressman Smith is planning to re-introduce this bill so we can start working on getting this bill passed?

Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: LukieD on February 22, 2011, 10:20:59 AM
LukieD.. do we know when Congressman Smith is planning to re-introduce this bill so we can start working on getting this bill passed?

I don't but we'll find out soon, hopefully.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Trevor Richardson on February 23, 2011, 01:13:10 AM
That is great to hear. 

I live in California and House Rep. Davis who represents me wants to get involved, but I am not sure what to tell her.  Any advice?  I also have friends and family around the country who want to get involved, I just do not know what to tell them.  Do we need to wait for Rep Smith?
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: LukieD on April 06, 2011, 09:14:10 PM
That is great to hear.  

I live in California and House Rep. Davis who represents me wants to get involved, but I am not sure what to tell her.  Any advice?  I also have friends and family around the country who want to get involved, I just do not know what to tell them.  Do we need to wait for Rep Smith?

Trevor,
I would ask Rep. Davis to reach out to Chris Smith's office to see how they can be helpful. Have them ask for Allison Hollabaugh, Foreign Affairs Counsel for Rep. Smith (202 225-3765).

As for friends and family, tell them to hold off until the bill is re-introduced which we expect should happen in late April or early May. After that, they can start calling their Congressional reps asking them to co-sponsor it. We'll post more info here when it becomes available.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: pam.in.ny on April 07, 2011, 07:28:39 AM
 :yeahthat
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As for friends and family, tell them to hold off until the bill is re-introduced which we expect should happen in late April or early May. After that, they can start calling their Congressional reps asking them to co-sponsor it. We'll post more info here when it becomes available.

That is wonderful news. We've been hoping H.R. 3240 would be reintroduced. Can't wait to get new marching
orders. I'm ready and I know many others are as well. :)
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: kmoor88 on April 11, 2011, 01:10:01 PM
I am ready to help again on that very important project! 
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: liesl78 on April 11, 2011, 02:08:50 PM
Please count me in! Let us know when the bill is being reintroduced so we can start making phone calls/sending letters.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: lovellboys on April 11, 2011, 03:05:49 PM
Please count me in! Let us know when the bill is being reintroduced so we can start making phone calls/sending letters.

And here my rep probably thought he had heard the last from me......
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: KarlHindle on April 11, 2011, 04:06:54 PM
I'm in -Congressman Forbes' (R-VA) assistant is a friend of mine, I'll snag him this week.
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 - H.R.3240
Post by: Bree on May 19, 2011, 01:31:08 AM
Please count me in! Let us know when the bill is being reintroduced so we can start making phone calls/sending letters.

Although I live in WA state, I'm a registered voter in Florida.  We have a new Congressman :biggrin who is much more approachable and willing to help, it seems.  He's on Facebook and has responded to my inquiries about other things. 

So, with that said, when can we begin contacting our representatives about 3240? 
Title: Re: ONGOING PROJECT: Int'l Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2011 - H.R.1940
Post by: TomD on May 30, 2011, 01:01:09 PM
Congressman Christopher Smith has just re-introduced this bill as HR1940.  For those whose House Representative was a sponsor of HR3240 in the 111th Congress, it's very easy to send a request to co-sponsor HR1940 in the current 112th congressional session.
Go to Open Congress  http://www.opencongress.org/ (http://www.opencongress.org/)
Search on HR1940 and click on the Title of the bill, then in Right sidebar click on Write your Representative.
I made the following request:
   Dear Congressman xxxxxxx, You were a co-sponsor of HR3240 in the last congressional session. So I am appealing to you to be one of the first to co-sponsor the same bill just introduced into the current session as HR1940. Please do not delay. This bill deserves your support.