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Thank you for contacting me about H.R. 347, the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act. It is an honor to represent the people of Southwest Washington, and it is important for me to hear from folks in our region.
H.R. 347 was passed by Congress and signed in to law by President Obama in March of 2011. This bill updates the Federal criminal code to make it a Federal offense to unlawfully enter the White House, Vice President’s official residency, or places where the President, Vice President, or other individuals protected by the Secret Service are visiting. Prior to the passage of this bill it was considered a minor misdemeanor to trespass upon the grounds of the White House or Vice President’s residency. This bill closes a loophole that could have prevented the Secret Service from fulfilling its responsibilities to protect the President, Vice President, and other individuals it is tasked with safeguarding.
Several people have expressed concerns that this bill could limit their Constitutional rights, specifically the First Amendment rights of protesters. Please rest assured that nothing in this legislation takes away anyone’s right to free speech. Folks will still have the ability to exercise their First Amendment rights and protest at the White House, U.S. Capitol, and other federal buildings. This legislation aims to provide better security for the President, Vice President, and other officials by strengthening penalties for those who enter a restricted building with the intent to do harm.
Thank you again for contacting me on this important issue. I invite you to visit my website at http://www.jaimehb.house.gov for additional information or to sign up to be kept up to date on these issues. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can ever be of assistance.
Jaime Herrera Beutler
Member of Congress
(UPDATED 031012 – ALL OF WASHINGTON STATE CONGRESSIONAL REPS AND SENATORS VOTE AYE ON THIS HB! )WASHINGTON REPUBLICAN CONGRESSWOMAN JAMIE HERERRA-BEUTLER VOTES IN FAVOR OF HR 347 THAT VIOLATES YOUR 1ST AMENDMENT RIGHTS
I am appalled by her “Aye” vote on HR 347. We here in her district did not send her or any other R to DC to do this crap. Click on the link to review the HR and see for yourself. She voted in favor of forbidding you to protest your Representatives or anyone else in a federal building, which by the way, belongs to us, the people, the taxpayers. This is unconscionable and she must be primaried this election cycle. I urge all to research this and punish all who voted in favor of this HR. For more info click HERE,
Click BILLS-112hr347-SUS for the Senate version
TEXT OF HR:
H.R.347 — Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011 (Engrossed in House [Passed House] – EH)
HR 347 EH
H. R. 347
To correct and simplify the drafting of section 1752 (relating to restricted buildings or grounds) of title 18, United States Code.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the `Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011′.
SEC. 2. RESTRICTED BUILDING OR GROUNDS.
Section 1752 of title 18, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:
`Sec. 1752. Restricted building or grounds
`(1) knowingly enters or remains in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority to do so;
`(2) knowingly, and with intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions, engages in disorderly or disruptive conduct in, or within such proximity to, any restricted building or grounds when, or so that, such conduct, in fact, impedes or disrupts the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions;
`(3) knowingly, and with the intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions, obstructs or impedes ingress or egress to or from any restricted building or grounds; or
`(4) knowingly engages in any act of physical violence against any person or property in any restricted building or grounds;
or attempts or conspires to do so, shall be punished as provided in subsection (b).
(b) The punishment for a violation of subsection (a) is–
`(1) a fine under this title or imprisonment for not more than 10 years, or both, if–
`(A) any person, during and in relation to the offense, uses or carries a deadly or dangerous weapon or firearm; or
`(B) the offense results in significant bodily injury as defined by section 2118(e)(3); and
`(2) a fine under this title or imprisonment for not more than one year, or both, in any other case.
`(c) In this section–
(1) the term `restricted buildings or grounds’ means any posted, cordoned off, or otherwise restricted area–
(A) of the White House or its grounds, or the Vice President’s official residence or its grounds;
(B) of a building or grounds where the President or other person protected by the Secret Service is or will be temporarily visiting; or
(C) of a building or grounds so restricted in conjunction with an event designated as a special event of national significance; and
(2) the term `other person protected by the Secret Service’ means any person whom the United States Secret Service is authorized to protect under section 3056 of this title when such person has not declined such protection.’.
Passed the House of Representatives February 28, 2011.
H. R. 347
To correct and simplify the drafting of section 1752 (relating to restricted buildings or grounds) of title 18, United States Code
MY LETTER TO HERERRA:
We sent you to DC to protect our rights, not tear them asunder as you just did by voting in favor of HR 347. However well intentioned you may think you were by voting “Aye” on this, you totally voted in favor of violating the rights of your constituents as outlined in the 1st Amendment of the Bill of Rights. I am so disappointed in your actions since you have been in Congress, I am speechless. I now find it impossible to support you any further. In fact I will be talking to one of your close supporters who donates to you, and make sure he is aware of your recent actions. You have failed to protect the constitution as your oath of office required. I will do everything in my power to make sure you are primaried this cycle. You no longer are no longer considered worthy of our trust.
As you can see here, all of the Washington state Congress delegation minus 1, voted in favor of violating your 1st Amendment rights. This is unconscionable and cannot stand. All of the Representatives in Congress are up for re-election this year. I for one will not be voting for ANY of my people in DC. Its time we sent people there that truly respect the Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence.
MY LATEST LETTER:
I am writing as your constituent in the 3rd Congressional district of Washington. I oppose H.R.347 -FederalRestrictedBuildingsand Grounds Improvement Act of 2011, and am tracking it using OpenCongress.org, the free public resource website for government transparency and accountability.
Your Aye votes on this HR is a direct assault on the 1st amendment and will not go unnoticed at the polls this election cycle. You were sent to Washington to protect the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and your Aye vote on this HR speaks volumes to your character and intentions. I will work tirelessly for whomever your opponent will be this election cycle. We here in Washington need someone in DC who will abide by their oath of office, as you have just demonstrated, you are either unable or unwilling.
THIS IS NOW LAW!
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I am asking all voting Americans to contact your Senators and demand that they not vote in favor of this legislation, “S.1867 – Military Construction Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012”. As much as I despise the ACLU, they are right on this issue and we must not stand for this latest assault on the American Public. You take the DHS publication on Extremism, and couple it with this legislation and you will see that the forces inside the Federal Government that want to put us all in jail are still at work and is alive and well. This could be the final shot across our bow that seals our fate. If this language is left in this legislation and passes both the House and Senate and is signed into law, (which I have no doubt the current occupier of the WH will do) the great experiment called Democracy, that our Founding Fathers established, will be dead. This is not an exaggeration or doom and gloom stuff. If you don’t think so, you’re simply ignorant or not paying attention. In either case, we’re all in trouble. Click here and here for the details.
There is another issue with this legislation because it also covers the Tri-Care medical program that military retirees use. It states;
SEC. 701. ANNUAL COST-OF-LIVING ADJUSTMENT IN ENROLLMENT FEES IN TRICARE PRIME.
(a) In General- Section 1097a of title 10, United States Code, is amended–
(1) by redesignating subsections (c), (d), (e), and (f) as subsections (d), (e), (f), and (g), respectively; and
(2) by inserting after subsection (b) the following new subsection (c):
`(c) Cost-of-living Adjustment in Enrollment Fee- (1) Whenever after September 30, 2012, the Secretary of Defense increases the retired pay of members and former members of the armed forces pursuant to section 1401a of this title, the Secretary shall increase the amount of the fee payable for enrollment in TRICARE Prime by an amount equal to the percentage of such fee payable on the day before the date of the increase of such fee that is equal to the percentage increase in such retired pay. In determining the amount of the increase in such retired pay for purposes of this subsection, the Secretary shall use the amount computed pursuant to section 1401a(b)(2) of this title. The increase in such fee shall be effective as of January 1 following the date of the increase in such retired pay.
`(2) The Secretary shall publish in the Federal Register the amount of the fee payable for enrollment in TRICARE Prime whenever increased pursuant to this subsection.’.
So what it saying is, if retirees get a COLA increase in their retirement checks,they will use Tri-Care to get it back…… This is the kind of back door, back stabbing legislation we Vets and Americans are sick of. Those in congress who push this type of legislation must be voted out of office as we reform our REPRESENTATIVE form of government.
MY LETTER TO MY REPS ON THIS:
I am writing as your constituent in the 3rd Congressional district of Washington. I oppose S.1867 – Military Construction Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, and am tracking it using OpenCongress.org, the free public resource website for government transparency and accountability. This legislation is a direct assault on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and if you vote in favor of this Bill in its present form, you will be in violation of your oath of office and that will not go unnoticed. As Benjamin Franklin said on Feb 17th, 1775, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” This struggle we find ourselves in now is not to be used as justification to tear our democracy asunder. We citizens are relying on you to protect our inviolate foundational tenets and GOD GIVEN RIGHTS. We demand you do so or you will most definitely find yourself voted out of office come your next election cycle. As this letter is being sent to all three of my Representatives in Congress, this legislation will not go before the House unless the Senate gives it an up vote. If it is passed in the Senate and goes to the House, my Representative in the House will be held to the same standard as my Senators. Our Democracy is in danger, do the right thing and vote no on this democracy killing legislation.
REPLY FROM CANTWELL: (sort of..)
Thank you for contacting me regarding the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012. I appreciate hearing from you on this matter.
Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) introduced the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 on May 5, 2011. This legislation was passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee by a vote of 26-0 on November 15, 2011. The National Defense Authorization Act is enacted each fiscal year to specify the budget and expenditures of the U.S. Department of Defense. The National Defense Authorization Act for 2012 includes numerous provisions that relate to the treatment of terrorism detainees. One such provision requires that any detainee caught on U.S. soil must be remanded to the U.S. military for custody. This provision is strongly opposed by the White House and the Department of Defense; both entities have stated that it will limit current options available to our counter-terrorism officials. However, the legislation also allows the Administration to waive the mandatory custody requirement. The bill also provides for an exemption for any mandatory custody transfer that would interfere with ongoing civilian law enforcement surveillance or interrogation efforts. Please be assured that I will keep your thoughts should I have the opportunity to vote on these or similar provisions. I am profoundly grateful for the service of our brave men and women in the armed services and for the sacrifices they have made to defend and preserve our great nation. As such, we have an important responsibility to ensure that they have the tools and resources they need to successfully complete their mission and return home safe. Please be assured that I will continue to work with my colleagues on behalf of the many soldiers in the state of Washington.
Thank you again for contacting me to share your thoughts on this matter. You may also be interested in signing up for periodic updates for Washington State residents. If you are interested in subscribing to this update, please visit my website at http://cantwell.senate.gov. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance.
United States Senator
NOTICE HOW SHE DOES NOT TOUCH ON MY CONCERNS? IS SHE RESPONSIVE TO OUR CONCERNS? I SAY NO!
Rep. Michael Rogers-3rd District, Alabama , Rep. Peter King, Rep. Mo Brooks, Rep. Chip Cravaack, Rep. Daniel Lungren, all Republicans • Sponsors H.R.3011 – Transportation Security Administration Authorization Act of 2011
In Section 295 of HR 3011, there is language that make it against the law to basically criticize the Federal Government which in-turn is a flagrant violation of the 1st Amendment under the Bill of Rights. At a minimum, this section should be stricken from this legislation. Until then, I urge all to vote “no” on this HR. I am shocked that this legislation is sponsored by the GOP. What part of “Constitution” and Bill of Rights”, don’t they get? This Congressman Rogers is in his 5th term and it is obvious he has forgotten what his duties are in DC. I think I can say with a certain amount of certainty that it not to violate his constituents rights. This is the type of conduct we routinely see coming from the Leftist Democrats but I guess we have to keep a keen eye out for the Right doing the same. I am further shocked that Rep King is listed as a Co-Sponsor, given his pro-Constitution and Bill of Rights rhetoric. The complete list of Co-Sponsors of this HR is ;
MY LETTER TO MY REPRESENTATIVE ON THIS ISSUE, MINUS THE INCLUDED SECTION 295;
This is a direct assault on the 1st Amendment and this section should be stricken from this Bill. As an American Citizen, I have the RIGHT to be critical of and criticize the Federal Government in any way I see fit, short of slander, which must be proven by those slandered by said remarks. I am shocked that it is the GOP sponsoring this Bill and I will be advising everybody I can on this latest assault on our God given rights as outlined by the Bill of Rights. You can be assured that if you vote Aye on this Bill, you will not in any way shape or form, have any support for you in your next election cycle and I will work tirelessly to make sure you are primaried.
Letter to Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-R 3rd Dist) Regarding the DHS Extremism Report and Social Site Monitoring
I am writing you in the hopes that you will look into what I believe is a huge insurgency against the civil liberties being perpetrated by The Department of Homeland Security, against the law abiding citizens of this country. I am referring to two items in particular, that put together, creates a situation that is very chilling. What I am referring to is “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment” Report dated 7 April 2009 that was published by the DHS. This report very effectively categorizes anyone who has traditional conservative values as a “Rightwing Extremist”. Reading through the report, I dare say, every conservative, or for that matter, anyone who has traditional American values, is being effectively categorized as a “Rightwing Extremist”. If this was not bad enough, the DHS just came out and stated that they will be monitoring all the “social sites” for signs of “Extremism”. What I am sure of, is that the DHS is going to use this report as a roadmap and the justification in order to intrude into the normal, law abiding citizens lives and business. This monitoring, I feel is meant to quell the dissenting voices of those who oppose the current administration, using “Security” as the ruse and justification for doing so. And because of this “Extremism” Report, the DHS can use it as justification for investigations even if nothing illegal or threatening was ever uttered or written on any particular web site. Simple opinions would be enough justification for the DHS to initiate investigations on law abiding citizens.
I am asking you to look into this important matter. I will be publishing this correspondence on my web site https://conservativeamericanvet.wordpress.com/ for my readers. I will be waiting for your reply, which in-turn, I will also post.
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S. 978 TO AMEND THE CRIMINAL PENALTY PROVISION FOR CRIMINAL INFRINGEMENT OF A COPYRIGHT, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
May 12, 2011
Ms. KLOBUCHAR (for herself, Mr. CORNYN, and Mr. COONS) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To amend the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. CRIMINAL INFRINGEMENT OF A COPYRIGHT.
(a) Amendments to Section 2319 of Title 18- Section 2319 of title 18, United States Code, is amended–
(1) in subsection (b)–
(A) by redesignating paragraphs (2) and (3) as paragraphs (3) and (4), respectively; and
(B) by inserting after paragraph (1) the following:
‘(2) shall be imprisoned not more than 5 years, fined in the amount set forth in this title, or both, if–
‘(A) the offense consists of 10 or more public performances by electronic means, during any 180-day period, of 1 or more copyrighted works; and
‘(B)(i) the total retail value of the performances, or the total economic value of such public performances to the infringer or to the copyright owner, would exceed $2,500; or
‘(ii) the total fair market value of licenses to offer performances of those works would exceed $5,000;’; and
(2) in subsection (f), by striking paragraph (2) and inserting the following:
‘(2) the terms ‘reproduction’, ‘distribution’, and ‘public performance’ refer to the exclusive rights of a copyright owner under clauses (1), (3), (4), and (6), respectively of section 106 (relating to exclusive rights in copyrighted works), as limited by sections 107 through 122, of title 17;’.
(b) Amendment to Section 506 of Title 17- Section 506(a) of title 17, United States Code, is amended–
(1) in paragraph (1)(C), by inserting ‘or public performance’ after ‘distribution’ the first place it appears; and
(2) in paragraph (3)–
(A) in subparagraph (A), by inserting ‘or public performance’ after ‘unauthorized distribution’; and
(B) in subparagraph (B), by inserting ‘or public performance’ after ‘distribution’.
This is an attempt from the Left to shut down the conservative narrative on the liberal/socialist/Marxist agenda. Plain and simple
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The government in Egypt has cut all internet activities and phone service because the people are using it to organize and fight the establishment. My point is; Who or what the “people” are fighting for is irrelevant. What matters is the fact that the government controls these services and thus has the capability of thwarting the organization of any opposing forces in the country that use these conduits. This would force these people to resort to other means to get information out.
Do you think that our government would do any different if “We The People” took constitutional action against our government in an effort to return it to a form the current “powers that be” would not stand for? Maybe we should use Egypt as a guide and demand the Feds keep their hands off the internet and other forms of communications……….. Hey, I’m just thinking out loud……What do you think?
Obama’s buddies are trying to get the internet “kill switch” implemented as soon as possible. Gee, I wonder what WA. Senators Murray and Cantwell think of this?……..Hmmmm I’ll bet they are all for it…Like always, they say its a matter of national security in case of cyber attacks. What they won’t come out and say is the fact that they want the ability to deny the American public the ability to organize and they are going to use the guise of cyber security to do it. Write your Congressman NOW and tell them to not vote in favor of this legislation….Click here for the info.
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There’s a big fight brewing in the U.S. Senate…
…. no, wait. Not brewing. It’s boiled over.
Senator Harry Reid is pushing for rules to enable gun control in the U.S. Senate. And unless you act NOW, he just may pass those rules — and enable gun control for decades to come. Harry Reid is pushing Senate Resolution 10, which does away with the tool that has stopped more gun control in America than anything else: the filibuster in the U.S. Senate. Tell them both to oppose changing the rules in the Senate, and that you’ll be watching their vote. You see, our founding fathers put the filibuster in place as a last line of defense against a government run amok. And it’s the last real hurdle Harry Reid needs to overcome to enact gun control. The truth is that virtually every gun control scheme ever offered in Congress has had to face the filibuster. And anti-gunners like Sarah Brady have to devise schemes to get around it.
And this time, the gun-haters believe they have a way around the filibuster: just do away with it.
Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid wants to get rid of the filibuster rule precisely because it has stopped so much liberal, anti-gun legislation.
MY LETTER to Senators Cantwell and Murray:
I am writing you regarding Senate Res.10 that is being brought to the
floor by Senator Reid. I urge you to not vote in favor of this Resolution
as it will have far reaching, detrimental effects on the quality of
legislation emanating from the Senate. If this Res passes, it is my
opinion that this Resolution will be used to the advantage of the GOP when
they regain the majority of the Senate. Plus, this Res. would enable the
Senate to pass legislation that is not in the best interest of the
citizenry and would enable further onslaughts on the Constitution and the
Bill of Rights. We here in your district in Washington State will be
watching your vote on this draconian Resolution. We will use that
knowledge at the polls during your next election cycle when we vote.
Last night the U.S. Senate leaders agreed to adjourn the first legislative day of the 112th Congress, without a vote to change the rules to silence outspoken pro-gun advocates.
This effectively ended the chances for anti-gun Obamacrats to prevent conservative heroes like Senator Tom Coburn and Rand Paul from using all the procedural tools at their disposal to fight for your right to keep and bear arms.
Your actions — calls and e-mails — made the difference. Thank you!
Because of your activism, gun rights advocates in the Senate can still use the filibuster to block anti-gun legislation.
Sources on Capitol Hill tell me that negotiations are still on going regarding “tinkering” with the rules, but the filibuster should remain intact. Rest assured, I will keep you informed of any future attempts to move the goal posts in the U.S. Senate.
While this is a small victory, it is a victory nonetheless.
Thank you for stepping up and making your voice heard.
National Association for Gun Rights
Yea, I know you’ve heard all the conservative media throw in their 2 cents worth on this issue, calling for the de-funding of NPR and the firing of those responsible for this decision. So I won’t bore you with re-posting that info. What I am posting is a very good article I came across on this subject that points out another, not yet mentioned point of view on this. It is a great read and it is from “The American Thinker” web site. Give it a read by clicking the picture of Juan.
This is just another example of the thuggery by the fascists who support Obama. It doesn’t matter if you agree or disagree with the message this man was stating, the point here is, his 1st Amendment rights were violated and he was assaulted by these thugs. Even taking into consideration of the AK carry laws and this mans “indiscretion” by carrying on the property. You need to understand that YOU COULD BE NEXT if YOU speak up….I pray that this goes viral and the wrath of an outraged American public is brought down on the heads of all involved in this heinous act. As you can see, the bystanders were also outraged by the conduct of these fascist thugs…. SHAME ON THESE PEOPLE…..
Court record of arrest: http://bit.ly/bPSx6D
ADN coverage: http://bit.ly/bwE3u9
Frontiersman coverage: http://bit.ly/9V4gyn
Newsminer coverage: http://bit.ly/bEEq2K
Alaska State Fair official statement: http://bit.ly/cY5U2u
Alaska State Fair website: http://alaskastatefair.org
Security firm’s website: http://www.starplexcms.com