June- Action Items Time Sensitive - UN Small Arms Treaty and the Farm Bill

There are several items that need our immediate attention. Please see the two opportunities below and make your contact. 

You will be receive another item related the the Amnesty Bill aka Immigration Bill.

ACTION ITEM NUMBER 1

With the UN Gun Ban landing on President Obama's desk

three days from now (June 3), D-Day for gun owners has arrived.

Once President Obama puts his signature ratification on this INTERNATIONAL anti-gun scheme . . .very soon after it will be on to the U.S. Senate for final passage where Harry Reid may try and ram it through with little or no debate or hearings.

And there's little reason to believe Obama won't sign the UN Gun Ban.

Two weeks ago, Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Countryman insisted that Obama would do so "in the very near future."

This is the most critical period for our gun rights you and I have seen in decades.

 IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED today.

NAGR members and supporters have led the fight against the “Small Arms Treaty” for nearly a decade now.

But with a showdown battle over the UN Gun Ban looming in the U.S. Senate, I'm looking for One Million American Patriots to Pledge Opposition to Obama's Global Agenda IMMEDIATELY.

The U.N.’s “Small Arms Treaty” has been at the top of the gun-grabbers priority list from day one of the Obama presidency.

In fact, Secretary of State John Kerry recently stated, “The United States is steadfast in its commitment to achieve a strong and effective Arms Trade Treaty . . .”

And reading through the treaty, it’s easy to see why this INTERNATIONAL gun control scheme is the gun-grabbers’ crown jewel.

Marketed as a treaty to stop piracy, international crime syndicates, terrorism and state-sponsored murder, the reality is FAR different.

Article V of the newly-drafted Treaty mandates an INTERNATIONAL gun registry imposing new regulations on everything from rifles to handguns to even ammunition!

Article 12 states the registry must include “the quantity, value, model/type, authorized international transfers of conventional arms” and the identity of the “end user.”

And it’s not just our federal government that would get a copy. International bureaucrats at the United Nations and foreign governments would have access to the registry as well!

You and I both know registration is the first step toward outright CONFISCATION.

That’s why I must be able to count on your IMMEDIATE support to stop ratification of the U.N.’s “Small Arms Treaty” -- especially at this most critical time.

Here’s what you can do to help: Please sign your petition and then contact the Senator's in your state and tell them NO to the U.N.'s Small Arms Treaty.

http://www.nagr.org/obamaungunban.aspx?pid=1a

Click on this link to find your contact numbers:   http://www.wrhammons.com/the-113th-congress.htm

 FLORIDA MEMBERS:

Rubio, Marco - (R - FL)

284 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510

(202) 224-3041

Contact: www.rubio.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact

 

Nelson, Bill - (D - FL)

716 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510

(202) 224-5274

Contact: www.billnelson.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm

 

ACTION ITEM NUMBER 2

What Every Taxpayer Needs to Know About the “Farm Bill”

 

“We will end the practice of packaging unpopular bills with ‘must-pass’ legislation to circumvent the will of the American people. Instead, we will advance major legislation one issue at a time,”

GOP Pledge to America

Last week, the House Agriculture Committee passed the farm bill out of committee.  It is expected to reach the floor in mid-June for consideration by the full House.  Attached is an updated one pager on the legislation--more information will follow.  The bill would cost $940 billion over ten years, a 56% increase from the last farm bill.  Roughly 80% of the bill constitutes food stamp spending. 

 

  The Senate is considering a farm bill that is even worse than the House version this week.  However, the basic framework of the legislation is the same.  More information is attached.

 Please encourage Sen Nelson and Sen Rubio to oppose this legislation  and support efforts to separate the food stamp spending from the farm subsidies so that both can be reformed. 

 


 

Rubio, Marco - (R - FL)

284 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510

(202) 224-3041

Contact: www.rubio.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact

 

Nelson, Bill - (D - FL)

716 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510

(202) 224-5274

Contact: www.billnelson.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm

 General Information:

Both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees passed legislation to reauthorize federal farm and food stamp programs—these bills will soon be considered by the full House and Senate.  These so-called “farm” bills were considered in the 112th Congress but were blocked by widespread conservative opposition.  Proponents are once again seeking to pass the legislation though Congress. 

 

  • Cost:  The House bill costs $940 billion over ten years.  By comparison, the last farm bill, enacted in 2008 with the initial cost of $604 billion.  That equals a 56% increase in farm and food aid since the last reauthorization.  Proponents argue that the bill will save $33 billion, but not in any real world sense.  The bill includes policies that over ten years will cost 56% more than the last farm bill.  It is only because the Congressional Budget Office must ignore the expiration date of these programs and assume their continuation into eternity that the bill can be judged to “save” billions.  Similarly, the Senate bill costs $955 billion over ten years, an increase of 58% from the last farm bill. 

 

  • Food Stamp Nation:  Roughly 80% of the bills are comprised of food stamps.  This is because there are now nearly 48 million individuals on food stamps, compared with 30 million in 2008 and 17 million in 2000.  One in seven Americans is now collecting food stamps.  Yet, the reduction to the food stamp program made by these bills are miniscule (2.7% in the House and 0.5% in the Senate), not the sort of reforms needed to roll back the program.  This is one reason why most conservatives are so intent on splitting up the bill between its food stamp and farm subsidy components—a reform ignored by both Agriculture Committees.

 

  • Unaffordable Subsidies:  The remaining 20% of the bill contains lavish price supports and revenue guarantees for farmers.  For instance, while both bills eliminate wasteful direct payments to farmers, they redirect much of those “savings” back into a new “revenue protection” entitlement program that will effectively guarantee the profits for farmers that currently benefit from direct payments, and likely an even larger number of farmers (thus expanding the dependency and the number of beneficiaries of future farm bills).  This additional safety net is on top of currently subsidized crop insurance available to farms and set at current crop prices, which are at or near all-time highs.

 

  • Violation of the GOP Pledge to America:  Packaging the food stamp spending and commodity subsidies together is the definition of legislative “logrolling” that has been used for generations to shield these programs from bold reforms by securing as large a coalition of supporters as possible.  The American people voted that type of legislating out of office in 2010 when House Republicans adopted the Pledge to America, which precluded the packaging of unpopular legislation together. 

     I have taken much of this information from various emails and attempted to make it easier to understand and provided you with the contact information as well.

     These Action Items do make a difference and I encourage everyone to take a few moments to make the appropriate contacts. If our ELECTED officials do not hear from us then they will never know where we stand. They need to know!!

Thank you for your attention to these items

May God Bless you and my God Bless our America.

Leanne

 

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Comment by Melanie Flack on June 3, 2013 at 7:07am

Yes, Thank you Leanne.

Just want you to know, that even if you are not seeing a bunch of comments on the issues that your have diligently researched and presented to the FCTP in a concise and easily understood way, many of us are taking action and just not " posting about it"  Your work is not in vain and the people are waking up and taking action. Be blessed and thank you.

Comment by Patricia M. McBride on June 2, 2013 at 3:36pm

Thanks Leanne.  Nice job!

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