Strategy Lunch: Activities at the October 1, 1997 Wednesday Strategy Lunch chaired by Paul Weyrich.
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) announced that the House of Representatives will be voting sometime in the next three weeks on whether or not to extend Section 245(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. While this measure was expected to be sunsetted, a motion to extend it was included as a last-minute addition to the recent Continuing Resolution. Section 245(i) essentially allows foreigners who are in this country illegally to move themselves to the front of the line for consideration and remain in the United States by paying $1000. Not only is this unfair to those seeking to immigrate legally and are forced to spend years awaiting the proper authorization in their home countries, he said, but also impedes the ability for government officials to assess potential security risks posed by illegal aliens. Contact Phaedra Baird of Congressman Rohrabacher's office at 202/225-2415.
Brad Keena of the Free Congress Foundation showed a television commercial by the Campaign for Victims of Sexual Harassment, a joint project of the foundation and The National Center for Public Policy Research. The thirty-second commercial encourages anyone who may have been sexually harassed by the president to contact the Campaign's toll-free number (1-800-HARASSU). The Campaign hopes to create a national dialogue on the issue of sexual harassment, and provide support and encouragement to those who have been harassed by people who then have used their power and position to "spin" themselves away from penalties related to such abuses. Keena reported that billboards containing the Campaign's message are already up in Little Rock and Hot Springs, Arkansas, and that the Campaign's web site (http://www.clintonontrial.com) has received over 10,000 "hits" in just the last few days. Contact Brad Keena at 202/544-3200 or Amy Ridenour at 202/543-4110.
Bill Pierce of the National Council for Adoption spoke about the differences in House and Senate bills to improve foster care and adoption practices. Earlier this Congress, the House of Representatives passed revenue-neutral legislation (HR 867) by a vote of 416 to 5. Senate language (S 1195) that was introduced last week, however, does not contain all of the reforms passed in the House bill, and includes a $3.875 billion reauthorization of child welfare programs a year before their expiration and without hearings. Pierce says the Senate language is too bitter of a pill to swallow, and asked conservatives to get involved in this issue so that the Senate will focus on reforms rather than reauthorizations. He reported that Senator Larry Craig's (R-ID) office has said senators need to hear opposition from conservatives on the legislation before an opposition can be mounted. Contact Bill Pierce of the National Council for Adoption at 202/328-1200.
Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) addressed the group about a report in the September 30 Washington Times that indicated he was weakening his position on the China Ocean Shipping Company acquiring the closed naval base in Long Beach, California. He said that his changes to pending legislation simply targeted COSCO specifically, rather than the original "state-owned shipping companies" terminology that he felt unduly punished legitimate shipping concerns. Senator Inhofe also fielded some criticism from attendees over Senator John Warner's (R-VA) plans to suspend his investigation into campaign abuses in last year's Louisiana Senate race. While Inhofe said he had spoken to Warner this morning and was told that there was nowhere else to go in the investigation at the present time, Paul Weyrich said this was nothing more than an effective campaign of bully tactics on the part of Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle that led Majority Leader Trent Lott to capitulate. Participants also questioned moves toward making Puerto Rico a state, suggesting it is unwise and would provide six more Democratic seats to Congress. Contact Senator Inhofe at 202/224-4721 and Paul Weyrich at 202/546-3000.
Sam Kazman of the Competitive Enterprise Institute screened portions of CEI's new video "Talking About Overregulation." The video discusses possible reasons why Americans seemingly are not as outraged at the abuses of the regulatory state as they are against the welfare state, and suggests new approaches to framing the debate against overregulation. The video suggests that, rather than relying on dry statistics to make a point, opponents of regulation should instead focus on the unfairness of these regulations and how they tend to have the worst effect on the people who cannot afford the costs of such regulatory impositions. Contact Sam Kazman of the Competitive Enterprise Institute at 202/331-1010.
Bulletin Board: Activities, publications, statements and plans of conservatives in Washington.
The African American Leadership Group Project 21 is pointing out the stark differences between President Clinton's Advisory Panel on Race and Promise Keepers, which is rallying in Washington, D.C. this weekend.
"President Clinton's race panel can't see the forest because it is looking too far left to see any trees," said Project 21 director Roderick Conrad. "It's tragic. The race panel, appointed to help heal the racial divide, is actually causing further divisiveness by announcing that all white Americans harbor unconscious feelings of racism. Disturbing too is the 'me me me' attitude they show with their constant whining about all black Americans being victims. And worst of all is their insistence upon the need for reparations for slavery and civil rights violations -- nothing but the biggest welfare proposal in history!
"But just when it seems the bad overwhelms the good, the
Almighty sprinkles upon us a little something practical and divine.
This time it's in the form of the Promise Keepers gathering, an
expected 700,000 men gathering on the Washington Mall who will
let the world know how to get beyond divisiveness and the seemingly-always-hostile
National Organization of Women by reaching beyond racial barriers
to the simple solution of biblical and spiritual unity. The race
board has a long way to go. The men of Promise Keepers are, sadly,
leaving them in the dust." Contact Roderick Conrad at 202/543-4110
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