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~ Join the Comment Stream - Oppose S.1675. Reintroduced in 114th as the CORRECTIONS ACT ~
07 March 2014:
OPPOSE ~ S.1675, Recidivism Reduction and Public Safety Act
2013 (Whitehouse, Portman)
Ordered Reported By Roll Call Vote, 15-2
ALB14155 (Whitehouse, Cornyn)
Cornyn-backed prison-reform bill clears
Posted on March 7, 2014 | By William T.
The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to advance
a bill co-sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) that aims to improve the
efficiency and lower the population of the federal prison system.
said Texas has been at the forefront of prison reform and by "reducing the
number of prisoners in the justice system, we have been able to cut costs for
the state, and improve the safety of our communities."
Cornyn said he
hopes the Senate will vote to follow Texas lead with the federal
The Federal Prison Reform Act of 2013 calls for the formation and
implementation of a system to evaluate the risks and needs of prisoners,
enhancing recidivism reduction programs, lowering the probability of repeat
offenders and an accumulation of time credits for qualifying prisoners which
could lead to shorter sentences in federal facilities.
would be excluded from this program are: all sex offenders, terrorism offenders,
violent offenders, repeat offenders, major organized crime offenders, and major
Prisoners who have an acceptable risk level and
accumulate enough time credits by participation in anti-recidivism programs and
prison work programs could be released to a halfway house or home confinement
once their time credits match the remaining days of their sentence.
Patrick Leahy (D.-Vt.) chairman of the committee, said he backed the measure
because "If we do nothing" "if we fail to address our burgeoning prison
population" "we will be cutting the very programs that help keep us
Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island , co-sponsor of
the bill, said, "States like Rhode Island have shown that it is possible to cut
prison costs while making the public safer." When inmates are better prepared to
re-enter communities, they are less likely to commit crimes after they are
Cornyn said he hopes the bill, approved by the Judiciary
Committee Thursday, will soon go to the full Senate for a vote.
Reauthorization of SNAP and
Other Nutrition Programs in
the Next Farm Bill:
Issues for the 113th Congress
Randy Alison Aussenberg |
Analyst in Nutrition Assistance Policy
10 December 2013
Congressional Research Service
| 7-5700 | www.crs.gov | R43332 | 54 Pages.
Excerpts related to SNAP eligibility and
113th Congress | Second Session | 09 September ~ 13 December 2013
~ c2a ~
you to sign the attached letter to Senate and House Agriculture Committee
leadership urging them to reject the harmful Vitter amendment to the Farm
Bill, which would deny food assistance to people convicted of certain offenses
and their families.
In recent months, Senator Vitter has offered a series
of amendments that would deny public benefits to convicted individuals. In
May, the Senate accepted his amendment 1056 to the Farm Bill, S.954, denying
SNAP benefits for life to people convicted of certain offenses. Many of
you joined us in sending a letter to Senate leaders urging them to reject this harmful amendment. (A month
later, the House adopted a similar amendment, which has thus far
The Vitter amendment is odious for a
number of reasons. It's counterproductive because it makes it harder for
formerly incarcerated individuals to safely reenter society. It's
mean-spirited, as it reduces food benefits for children and families in the
households of such individuals. Because it's retroactive, the Vitter
amendment would deny food assistance to elderly individuals who long ago
completed their prison sentences. Disparities in the criminal justice
system mean African Americans and Latinos would be disproportionately affected.
We've calculated that of the 1.6
million people in state or federal prison, about one in six were convicted of
the offenses targeted by this amendments. Over time, the ban would apply
to well over a million people.
With a Farm Bill conference
expected soon, we encourage you to help us send a letter to Senate and
House Agriculture Committee leadership urging them to reject the harmful Vitter
amendment. SignON Letter: http://www.fedcure.org/documents/OPPOSE-VitterSNAP-090913.doc
09 September 2013
FedCURE's Chairman, Mark A. Varca, J.D.,
concurs with the Honorable Arthur L. Burnett, Sr., Vice President of
Administration and National Executive Director of the National African
American Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. To wit:
In my capacity as Vice President of Administration and National
Executive Director of the National African American Drug Policy Coalition,
Inc., I have the authority to act on this matter for the organization. We
strongly oppose the Vitter Amendment and sign on to the proposed letter to
the Conference Committee anticipated for the following cogent reasons:
1. Such an amendment undermines the goals and objectives of the Second
Chance Act as to re-entry programs and enabling individuals to readjust and
lead law abiding lives upon being release from jails and prisons.
2. It jeopardizes public safety and increases the risk of recidivism
out of desperation and hunger by the persons who will be deprived of these
benefits and thus add to the costs of law enforcement activities and further
3. It would have devastating consequences on children living in the
households of such individuals who will be deprived of need nourishment, and
visits the "sins" of the parents on the children, leaving them mal-nourished
and in poorer health conditions, at increased costs to our healthcare
4. Such a law will increase the disparity impact of our laws on
minorities and the poor who have obtained these criminal records because of
how our law enforcement and criminal justice system have operated in the
past, and thus it is totally counterproductive and detrimental to the
welfare of our entire society.
To the extent your letter does not explicitly state these reasons, I
have no objection to you incorporating them or adding them in further
representations or communications to the anticipated Conference
Arthur L. Burnett, Sr.
Judge - Retired
National Executive Director
American Drug Policy Coalition, Inc.
Howard University School of Law
Holy Cross Hall - Rooms 412-414
2900 Van Ness Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 806-8622 or 806-8623
577-8365 FAX: (202) 537-3806
E-mail addresses: Aburnettsr@aol.com Albsr2alb@aol.com
01 September 2013
FedCURE Report: State of Reduction In Sentence
Initiatives For Federal Offenders
Increased Good Conduct Time | Special Programming
Credits | Elderly Release | Compassionate Release Program
Report Summarizing Early Release Bills from the last Congress
Many thanks to the tens of
thousands of American's who supported H.R. 1475 in the 111th Congress.
Although the bill did not pass, it is not the last hurrah for federal good
time legislation. FedCURE announces The Sentencing
Reform Act of 2011 and The BARBER AMENDMENT.
Please continue to contact your Congresspersons urging them to
sponsor FedCURE's proposals in 113th Congress.
SECOND LOOK: Introducing The Sentencing Reform Act ~ (best practices, evidence based legislation to establish a retroactive, hybrid system of parole and good time allowances; retroactive 1-1 ratio for crack cocaine penalties and retroactive repeal of mandatory minimum sentences, for most federal offenders; and provide reentry opportunities for people coming home from prison).
Note: The Sentencing Reform Act has not
been introduced. FedCURE is seeking bipartisan support for the bill in
the 113th Congress.
A bill to amend Title 18 U.S.C.
Sec. 3624(b)(1) as follows: by striking the number "54" in
the first sentence as it appears and inserting in lieu thereof
the number "128"; and in the same sentence, by striking "prisoner's
term of imprisonment" and inserting in lieu
thereof "sentence imposed." This Amendment is retroactive. [END.]
Note: The BARBER AMENDMENT has not been
introduced. FedCURE is seeking bipartisan support for the bill in the
113th Congress | First Session | 03 January 2013
Over-criminalization is an issue of
criminal laws and regulations have increased, so has the number of Americans
who have found themselves breaking the law with no intent of doing
Americans who make
innocent mistakes should not be charged with criminal
Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.)
Over-Criminalization [bi-partisan] Task Force of 2013
BARBER AMENDMENT IS CURE ~ Dangerously
Over Crowded Federal Prison System
Despite a ten year build out,
spending over $1 billion dollars a year outsourcing prison cells from private
prison contractors, increased double bunking and triple bunking, since 2003,
the overcrowding rate hovers at 38% and FBOP forecasts 44%. The federal
prison population was 165,000 in January 2003. July 2013, it is hovering
at 219,000. America cannot build its way out of crowding. Private
prisons bring in about $3 billion in revenue annually. Senate Committee
Report says "None of these efforts, however, have had a significant
impact on prison overcrowding" and says no more prisons. See: Senate
Committee on Appropriations FY2014, Report
No. 113-000, at pp. 90-91.
BARBER, on its own, or
amended to: S.619 and H.R.1695 ~ the "Justice Safety Valve
Act.," to H.R.
2371 ~ the Prisoner Incentive Act of 2013, or S.1410 - the
Smarter Sentencing Act of 2013, increasing 54 to 128 days, retroactively, is
billion Incarceration dollars shift to $1.2 billion Re-Entry
H. R. 2371 ~ Prisoner Incentive Act of 2013
H.R.2371 ~ `Prisoner Incentive Act of 2013' ~ offered by Rep. Scott, amends the good time statutes to: sentence imposed vs term of imprisonment and is retroactive. It is the BARBER AMENDMENT, but 54 days instead of 128 days a year in good time allowances. While FedCURE supports H.R. 2371, because it makes the BARBER fix, we seek to amend H.R.2371 by increasing the days from 54 to 128. Whereas, another bill, the "Public Safety Enhancement Act of 2013," in draft, by Reps. Chaffetz/Scott, seeks to reinvent the wheel with what FedCURE, Public Defenders and the vast majority advocates believe is totally undoable. In the end, we believe that measures like BARBER and or H.R. 2371 are Congresses' only way out.
2371 ~ `Prisoner Incentive Act of 2013.
Prisoner Incentive Act of 2013Sponsor: Rep
Scott, Robert C. "Bobby"
[VA-3] (introduced 6/13/2013) Cosponsors
(1) Latest Major Action:
6/13/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
S.1231 ~ Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2011 | Bill Will Be Reintroduced in 113th | Act Now!
Latest Title: Second Chance Reauthorization
Act of 2011
Sponsor: Sen Leahy, Patrick J.
(introduced 6/20/2011) Cosponsors
(9) Latest Major Actions:
6/20/2011 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
New version, with "54 days good time off sentence imposed" approved by the Committee on 21 July 2011. ~ ACT NOW!
Latest Title: Federal Prison Bureau Nonviolent Offender
Relief Act of 2013
Jackson Lee, Sheila [TX-18] (introduced 1/3/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action:
1/3/2013 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
FedCURE's Federal Good Time Bill Campaign: "Top 10 Ideas for Change in America"
~ 113th Congress ~
Call - to - Action ~ BARBER AMENDMENT ~
Federal Good Time Bill
Come on everyone! Pitch in
and contact the 113th Congress. We can do it!
"BARBER AMENDMENT" on the "Good Time Bill"
Hi! Thank you for coming & helping to reach out to the 113th Congress. Here are your campaing tools: First, sign the petition on this page and foward to your friends. Then start
calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. The Switchboard
can direct you to your Congressional Representative and
Senators. Once you reach the office, you can use the talking points
below or share your own story. Then go to: POPVOX and send your message to Congressional Members and Legislative Staff.
Finally, and most important, click on the "Contact Congress Now!" button, below, to send your message to your Congresspersons.
Dear Members of the 113th Congress
of the United States,
Subject: The BARBER AMENDMENT -
Increased Good Time Allowances.
I am asking you to please support The BARBER
AMENDMENT, which would amend Title 18 U.S.C. Section 3624(b)(1) as follows:
by striking the number "54" in the first sentence as it appears and inserting in
lieu thereof the number "128"; and in the same sentence, by striking "prisoner's
term of imprisonment" and inserting in lieu thereof "sentence imposed."
This Amendment is retroactive. [END].
SECOND LOOK: The Federal Bureau of
Prisons is running at 38% over operating capacity. In October 2012 the
GAO's David C. Maurer reported, on GAO 12-743, that a 10% reduction in the
federal prison population would save $660 million a year - FedCURE estimates the
number is over $1.2 billion dollars a year. Maurer also reported that home
confinement would be half the cost of incarceration or half way house (RRC). See
the video [19:04-19:52] here: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/25878123 The President's Budget for
FY 2012 and 2013, included 48 to 58 million dollars (respectively) in offsets
for a proposed legislative initiative that would have allowed 54 days Good
Conduct Time for inmates, as well as for general administrative
efficiencies. Neither proposal was passed by Congress.
What is more, however, is an historic,
groundbreaking 2013 report, from the 'Congressional Research Service' (CRS)
*/ titled, "The Federal Prison Population Buildup: Overview, Policy
Changes, Issues, and Options" thoroughly documents the United States'
"historically unprecedented 790% increase in the federal prison
population." The Report supports the long held view by many, including
FedCURE, its members, partners, fellow advocate organizations, former and
current members of Congress, judges, high level government officials, the
nations most respected, independent nonpartisan think tanks, prominent scholars,
criminal justice professionals and an overwhelming majority of the public, that
Congress cannot build its way out of the mass incarceration dilemma it now
faces, because of a failed criminal justice policy; and recommends Congress
"changing or reversing some of the policies that have been put into place over
the years which contributed to the increasing number of federal prison inmates,"
inter alia, increasing good time and reinstating parole.
The BARBER AMENDMENT
, a simple two sentence undisruptive statutory amendment,
genuinely accomplishes these ends, with out disrupting release or reentry
processes and public safety, by restoring--rolling back--federal good time
allowances to pre-1987 levels. Virtually, BARBER is a "Relief Valve" and $1.2 billion dollar annual
austerity sentencing bill. BARBER does not reduce the bureau's budget, but redirects $1.2 billion dollars from
incarceration to reentry, e.g., housing and employment.
While elaborating on "several
options Congress could consider if policymakers wanted to expand early release
options for federal inmates, including (1) reinstating parole, (2) expanding
good time credits, and (3) expanding the conditions under which courts could
reduce sentences pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §3582(c)(1)(A)," it is abundantly clear
that the report concludes, inter alia, that the way out of the
dilemma--to reduce the growth of the federal prison population--is for Congress
to employ "Early Release Measures." These measures include "(1) modifying
mandatory minimum penalties, (2) expanding the use of Residential Reentry
Centers, (3) placing more offenders on probation, (4) reinstating parole for
federal inmates, (5) expanding the amount of good time credit an inmate can
earn, and (6) repealing federal criminal statutes for some offenses."
Moreover, according to the report and righteously so,
"Congress might also consider changing or reversing some of the policies
that have been put into place over the years which contributed to the increasing
number of federal prison inmates. Some of these options include placing some
inmates in alternatives to incarceration, such as probation, or expanding early
release options by allowing inmates to earn more good time credit or
allowing inmates to be placed on parole once again. Congress could
consider reducing the amount of time inmates are incarcerated in federal prisons
by limiting the number of crimes subject to mandatory minimum penalties or
reducing the length of the mandatory minimum sentence. Finally, policymakers
could consider allowing states to investigate and prosecute offenses that have
become subject to federal jurisdiction over the past three decades" Id., at
* Note: Special thanks to
Nathan James, Analyst in Crime Policy, CRS, email@example.com, for this report. The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is
an arm of the Library of Congress devoted to providing for Congress research
and analysis on legislative issues. In addition to meeting with
Congressional members and staffers, CRS releases reports and issue briefs
for members of Congress. These reports and issue briefs are made available
to Congress through a web site that is not available to the general
public. The CRS strongly believes that its sole purpose is to directly serve
Congress and not the public. https://opencrs.com/faq/
Bipartisan Support: Republican's
(www.RightOnCrime.com) and Democrat's ( http://www.besmartoncrime.org) and members of Congress agree that the current prison
system is way so ineffective and that we have been wrong on crime for the past
28 years. It has been a escalating burden on taxpayers who are footing the bill
for more prisons. The penal model enacted by Public Law 98-473 (Sentencing
Reform Act of 1984) of "incapacitation" in lieu of "rehabilitation and reentry"
has failed miserably. We can and must do better.
Our economic crisis is due in part to the
state of our judicial system where so many first time non violent offenders are
given Draconian sentences and no means to redeem themselves. Once in the prison
system, they have no reason to desire rehabilitation or work towards early
Americans want to see results, not stiffer sentences. We can
change they way the judicial system enforces punishment and how inmates serve
their time in a way that would benefit both the inmate and society.
The BARBER AMENDMENT would benefit the following:
* The BARBER AMENDMENT allows the Federal
Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to maintain correctional worker staffing and help
relieve overcrowding of prisons.
* The Federal Bureau of Prisons has a budget
that exceeds $6.8 billion dollars a year. After the FBI, the BOP has the
largest budget of any unit in the Department of Justice.
* The BARBER AMENDMENT saves taxpayers $1.2
billion dollars per year on incarceration cost, that can be redirected to reentry.
* Releasing 10% of the federal prison
population will not disrupt existing Federal Bureau of Prisons policy and procedures and public safety; and GAO says saves $660 million a
* The BARBER AMENDMENT - Good Time Allowances
rewards those inmates who have shown positive behavior.
* Although early release would not be
guaranteed, it would allow a Second Chance to those who prove they are
deserving of it.
* The cost to house an inmate for 12 months is
almost $30,000.00. Costs rise significantly for all inmates over age 60 and
nearly double or quadruple for inmates with medical issues.
* People in prison do not receive the same
health care as free people and lengthy non-parolable sentences cause medical
emergencies for those in facilities; and huge indigent health care costs upon
* The Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP) is the
largest police force in the United States, more then 38,000 employees. The
AFGE.org, the FBOP's labor union, is battling on the Hill to add 15,000
correctional officers because of safety concerns due to overcrowding and
budget cuts. Both Republicans and Democrats agree that building additional bed
space in prisons will not resolve the systemic issues of the prison system. We
can not build our way out of this.
* The BOP has been triple bunking because of
lack of bed space, which heightens tensions and makes it more dangerous for
both staff and inmates.
Federal Sentencing data collected, post
Sentencing Reform Act of 1984 (over 29 years) provides the gold standard of
evidence on what works and what does not; and when is the proper time to release
an offender from a sentence while posing no risk to public safety. I would also
direct you to these facts: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=164544453571541
The government's experts on these issues
all support reforms, such as early release, via increased good time allowances
and reinstating parole, as evidenced in the CRS Report, supra, and
further, by the distinguised pannels sitting on FedCURE NEWS Presentation Second
Look. Please take the time to watch U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen
Breyer (Video #1), U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder (Video #2) and most of
all, Patricia Cushwa, Commissioner of the United States Parole Commission (Video
#11) and Harley G. Lappin, Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (Video
#8). I would be remiss, however, if I did not strongly urge you to view
all of the video's on "Panel Four, titled: Good Time, Community Corrections and
Re-Entry." See the exclusive videos here:http://www.fedcure.org/SecondLook.shtml
This chart shows federal
inmate cells at normal rated capacity versus overcrowded conditions at low,
medium and high security facilities. Despite a ten year build out,
increased double bunking and triple bunking, since 2003, the overcrowding
rate hovers at 38%. The federal prison population was 165,000 in January
2003. April 2013, it was 218,500. Proof, the bureau
cannot build its way out of crowding.
Testimony of BOP, Director, Charles E. Samuels, Jr., to House Appropriations, Subcommittee, 17 April 2013:.
[Quote] The BOP confines over 176,000 inmates in
Bureau-operated facilities, which have a total rated capacity of just under
129,000 beds. Crowding is of special concern at higher security facilities,
including penitentiaries (operating at 54 percent over capacity) and medium
security institutions (operating at 44 percent over capacity). These facilities
confine a higher number of inmates who are prone to violence than lower security
facilities. The BOP has managed overcrowding by double and triple bunking
inmates throughout the system, or housing them in space not originally designed
for inmate housing, such as television rooms, open bays, program space,
In addition to double and triple
bunking, to manage crowding, we have improved the architectural design of our
newer facilities and have taken advantage of improved technologies in security
measures such as perimeter security systems, surveillance cameras, and equipment
to monitor communications. These technologies support BOP employees ability to
provide inmates the supervision they need in order to maintain security and
safety in our institutions. We have also enhanced population management and
inmate supervision strategies in areas such as classification and designation,
intelligence gathering, gang management, use of preemptive lockdowns, and
controlled movement. While we continue to look for ways to address crowding in
our facilities, the challenges continue as we face continued growth in the
The BOP performed a rigorous analysis of
the effects of crowding and staffing on inmate rates of violence, and found a
direct relationship between crowding, staffing, and institution safety. Data was
used from all low, medium, and high security BOP facilities for male inmates for
the period July 1996 through December 2004. We accounted for a variety of
factors known to influence the rate of violence and, in this way, were able to
isolate and review the impact that crowding and the inmate-to-staff ratio had on
serious assaults. This study found that increases in both the inmate-to-staff
ratio and the rate of crowding at an institution (the number of inmates relative
to the institutions rated capacity) are related to increases in the rate of
serious inmate assaults. An increase of one in an institutions
inmate-to-custody-staff ratio increases the prisons annual serious assault rate
by approximately 4.5 per 5,000 inmates.
The BOP employs many management
interventions in an attempt to prevent and suppress inmate violence. These
interventions are resource-intensive and include: paying overtime to increase
the number of custody staff available to perform security duties, utilizing
staff from program areas (detracting from inmate programs and other vital
institution functions), locking down an institution after a serious incident and
performing intensive interviews to identifyperpetrators and causal factors,
performing comprehensive searches to eliminate weapons and other dangerous
contraband, and designating and housing inmates in Special Management Units
(SMU). SMU inmates consist of sentenced offenders who participated in or had a
leadership role in geographical group/gang-related activity, or those who have a
history of disruptive, disciplinary and/or misconduct infractions. The BOP
designates inmates to SMUs because greater management of their interaction is
necessary to ensure the safety, security, and orderly operation of BOP
facilities, and protection of the public. SMU inmates require a more restrictive
confinement than general population inmates. The BOP currently has three SMU
locations. [End Quote].
Sadly, while the bureau and DOJ argue for relief on crowding, the President's Budget or FY 2014,
once again submits an unrealistic proposal to address crowding with
a miniscule budget offset of "$41 million for a proposed legislative
initiative, which, if passed, would allow additional Good Conduct Time
credit for inmates." This is the same proposal to increase Good
Conduct Time credit by a mere seven (7) days a year, that Congress turned
down in the President's Budget's for FY2012 and FY2013, as "unrealistic,"
meaning that a seven day increase as a $41 million dollar offset, does little to
safely reduce the growth of the federal prison
population. BARBER, on the other
hand, is a truly realistic legislative reform, installing a
system wide "Relief Valve" and as a $1.2 billion dollar annual
austerity sentencing bill.
FedCURE is calling on the
President and Members of Congress to enact the BARBER AMENDMENT ~ a proposed
bill to increase federal good time allowances ~ to safely reduce the federal
prison population by at least 10%, with out disrupting release or reentry processes and public safety, at a cost saving's of $1.2 billion dollars
annually. These savings on incarceration can be redirected (within in the
bureau's budget) to reentry.
Since inmates "earned" the right to be in prison,
why can't they also "earn" the right of release and reentry?
The BARBER AMENDMENT would
greatly contribute to the healing of our economy and the healing of our nation.
There are almost 219,000 people incarcerated in federal prison today and the
majority of these are first time non violent offenders, whom under current
Federal Bureau of Prisons and U.S. Probation Office procedures, can be safely
released via increased good time allowances, with no disruption to release and
reentry processes and public safety
Accordingly, I urge you, in the most strongest
terms, to please support The BARBER AMENDMENT.
Signed by: _____________________
Send your message to your Congressperson(s) and Chairpersons, Honorable Bob Goodlatte and Honorable Patrick J. Leahy. Click Contact Congress button and see contact information at: http://www.fedcure.org/documents/HR1475.shtml.
Keep calling until your Congressperson(s) agree to
sponsor the BARBER AMENDMENT, make an appointment to see them, if necessary
to get their support.
FedCURE's Idea "Increase Federal Good Time Allowances" is the Winner in the "Top 10 Ideas for Change in America" on Change.org.
Rep's. Hudson, Reed and Scott's, mean spirited,
Amendments, to the "Farm Bill" - H.R. 1947.
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED ~ FARM BILL DEFEATED In the U.S. House
in a 195-234 vote. BRAVO! Job Well Done.
Now on to the BARBER AMENDMENT.
20 June 2013/17:00
In a 195-234 vote, the FARM Bill #HR1947 was defeated in the House.
Just when we thought we were down after loosing on the Hudson and Reed
Amendments, late last night, the entire bill has been defeated in the House.
HASH TAGS: #Piss4Food #foodstamps #farmbill #hr1947
Many kind thanks for all of your support. Job well done.
From POPVOX's Hill sources:
In the House:
The House started early and was on track to pass a Farm
Bill, but in the final vote, the bill failed 195-234.
The bill was H.R.
1947, and included some reforms to U.S. farm
policy. Nearly all the heated debate, however dealt with the food stamps
program, and in fact roughly 80 percent of the bill deals with food
The legislation was always on shaky ground, as it cut $20
billion from food stamps, which most Democrats opposed. Democrats also opposed
language added at the last minute that would let states tie food stamp
benefits to work requirements.
At the same time, many Republicans felt more cuts were
needed, as the overall expense of the bill was nearly 60 percent higher than
the last farm bill in 2008. The cost increase reflected additional food stamp
spending, some of which was provided by the 2009 stimulus bill.
In the end, just 24 Democrats voted for it, while House
Leadership had expected 40 Democrats to support the bill. More importantly, 62
Republicans voted against it, making it impossible to overcome the weight of
opposition on both sides.
It's not clear what's next, but a temporary patch may be
needed. The Senate has already passed a farm bill that spends a bit more than
the House proposal.
Rep's. Hudson, Reed and Scott's, mean spirited,
Amendments, to the "Farm Bill" - H.R. 1947.
Piss-4-Food is just
PEOPLE Please: CONTACT CONGRESS NOW!
Capital Switchboard to talk to your
Tell your Congressperson to OPPOSE
U.S. Rep's. Hudson, Reed and Scott's, mean spirited, Amendments to the "Farm
H.R. 1947 - Bans food
assistance to certain offenders.
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OPPOSE: Cuts in the House bill
"particularly to the federal food stamp program" have drawn complaints from
Democrats. Many Republicans believe the bill still spends too much,
making it unclear whether it can survive in the House. However, the
Amendments below, if passed, will be a huge social disruption and
have a negative impact on the people who need the assistance the most, which
will only increase recidivism rates. The only ones who win here are the
people who own the drug testing enterprises:
ALL, Please OPPOSE the Amendments, to the
"Farm Bill" - H.R. 1947:
AMENDMENT TO THE RULES COMMITTEE PRINT OF H.R. 1947
OFFERED BY MR. HUDSON OF NORTH CAROLINA:
Drug testing food stamp recipients (Rep. Hudson ? Amendment No.
46): Would allow states to begin
drug testing persons who apply or receive SNAP benefits (food
stamps). The courts, for good cause, have prevented sates from
imposing drug testing, but Amendment No. 46 would override the courts
AMENDMENT TO RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 113-14, H.R. 1947
FEDERAL AGRICULTURE REFORM AND RISK MANAGEMENT ACT OF 2013 OFFERED BY MR.
AUSTIN SCOTT OF GEORGIA:
Require states to deny TANF for drug felonies (Rep. Scott -
Amendment No. 131): Would
repeal a long standing federal law that has allowed states to opt-out
of federal ban on the provision of both TANF and SNAP to persons with a
drug felony conviction on their record (traditionally, the states
have opted-out of the federal ban to deny assistance to persons with a
drug felony conviction.. Evidence gathered under the gold standard shows
that drug felons are among the most in need of food assistance).
These amendments must still be approved by the House
Rules committee, so it is important you take action in opposition,
TAKE ACTION NOW!
112th CONGRESS Ended 03 January 2013
NOTE: None of the bills below passed the 112th. All will have to be reintroduced in the 113th Congress
S.306 ~ National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2011
Full Text: http://www.fedcure.org/documents/S.306.shtml Latest Title:
National Criminal Justice
Commission Act of 2011
Webb, Jim [VA] (introduced 2/8/2011) Cosponsors
Latest Major Action: 2/8/2011 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Latest Title: Federal Prison Bureau Nonviolent Offender
Relief Act of 2011
Jackson Lee, Sheila [TX-18] (introduced 1/7/2011) (mark-up 7/14/2011 - held over for week of 7/18/2011)
Reintroduced 1/3/2013 as H.R. 62, supra. Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action:
1/24/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the
Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.
H.R. 2343 - Literacy,
Education, and Rehabilitation Act (LERA), currently in Subcommittee
on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, which would amend Section 3624 of
title 18, United States Code, to, inter alia:
Increase good time to 54 days for each year of the
prisoner's sentence imposed by the court; and
Credit toward the service of the prisoner's sentence, in
addition to any other credit received, beyond the time already served, of
up to 60 days a year.
S.1672 IS and H.R.313 EH: the `Drug Trafficking Safe Harbor
Elimination Act of 2011'
Latest Title: Drug Trafficking Safe Harbor
Elimination Act of 2011
Conrad, Kent [ND] (introduced 10/6/2011) Cosponsors
Major Action: 10/6/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice
and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Drug Trafficking Safe Harbor
Elimination Act of 2011Sponsor: Rep
[TX-21] (introduced 1/18/2011) Cosponsors
(1) Related Bills:S.1672Latest
12/14/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Received in
the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the
Judiciary.House Reports: 112-324
These are very bad bills that exacerbate current law (21 USC 846) by
criminalizing arrangements made in the United States for drug transactions
that take place completely outside this country, some of which may not even be
illegal in the countries where they occur. The penalties under
these bills can be life without parole.
Today, we are telling Congress to end drug prohibition, because the 'War on Drugs' is a War on Free Speech.
If this does not make your hair stand up on your head, then you are not understanding that Conspiracy laws are particularly susceptible to abuse, and convicting someone based on discussions about activity that may be criminal has very serious ramifications. Today, we are telling Congress to end drug prohibition, because the 'War on Drugs' is a War on Free Speech. Read this atrocious attack on your freedom to speak.
This can mean that you could get a life sentence without parole for a unwitting act on your part. For example: You help out a friend in a foreign country to buy an airline ticket. You pay with your credit card. Unbeknown to you, your friend boards the airplane with his friend. Together, they smuggle 10 kilos of heroin in their bags. They get busted when they land in JFK. They are looking at life without parole and want to make a deal for a lesser sentence. So, your friend and his friend say the heroin was for you. Bam! You are in the conspiracy, as further evidenced by your purchasing the airfare--you are a person who aids or abets the conspiracy. Sick yet? It gets worse. Guess what? You engaged in conduct within the United States to aid or abet drug trafficking outside the United States, and still may be criminally prosecuted in the United States, as if committed within the United States.
We know that would made you sick. Get on it and contact Congress to defeat this bill.
ACTION: Contact Your Congressperson (Senate & House) NOW! Let them know that H.R. 313 and S.1672 are bad bills that must be defeated.
Contact Your Congressperson (Senate & House) NOW! Let them
know that H.R. 313 and S.1672 are bad bills that must be defeated. Send Congress a letter.
ACTION ALERT: http://www.fedcure.org/documents/H.R.313~S.1672.shtml
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Update Alert: 21 December 2010
Original Alert: 12 March 2009
FedCURE Contact Congress
Campaign: "Good Time Allowances"
H.R. 1475 - `Federal Prison Work Incentive Act of
2009' - 'A bill To amend title 18, United States Code, to restore the
former system of good time allowances toward service of Federal prison terms,
and for other purposes. Status: Submitted by Rep. Danny K.
Davis (D. ILL) on 12 March 2009.
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Update Alert: 21 December 2010
Original Alert: 07 July 2005
Hybrid System of Federal Parole and
Good Time Legislation (110th Congress)
There are now two separate
1. A Hybrid System of
FedCURE draft legislation is pending in
Rep. Danny K. Davis' office. We will post more information as it
becomes available. Please do not clog up the FedCURE discussion group,
blogs and or e-mails with redundant questions on the timing of
introduction of this bill.
1475 - `Federal Prison Work Incentive Act of
2009' ~ A bill To amend title 18,
United States Code, to restore the former system of good time allowances
toward service of Federal prison terms, and for other
purposes. Status: Submitted on 12 March 2009 by Rep.
Danny K. Davis (D. ILL).
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