I am writing as your constituent in the 2nd Congressional district of Nebraska. I oppose H.R.3261 - Stop Online Piracy Act, and am tracking it using OpenCongress.org, the free public resource website for government transparency and accountability. The Internet is and should stay a free and open medium the each and everone of us in the world has a right to use. The industries that are pushing this already have laws that protect and this government does not need to create any more for them. Vote NO on H.R. 3261 Stop Online Piracy Act and let the economy grow!
Sincerely, Patrick Conlon
Thank you for contacting me regarding the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property (PROTECT IP) Act, S. 968. I appreciated hearing your thoughts on this issue.
As you know, this bill would allow for the Attorney General or an intellectual property owner harmed by any website dedicated to infringing on such intellectual property to bring actions against the owner of the website or the registrant for the site's domain name in an effort to curtail U.S. entities supporting or directing internet traffic to websites believed to be in violation of copyright law. S. 968 has been advanced by the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now waiting to be scheduled for debate by the full Senate. Rest assured, I will keep your thoughts in mind as this legislation moves forward.
Thank you again for contacting me. The legislative process will only work with the input of concerned citizens such as yourself, and I encourage you to continue sharing your thoughts and ideas.
Ben Nelson U.S. Senator
Senator Johanns e-Update November 21, 2011
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As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, may we remember the many blessings bestowed on us and our great nation. We are incredibly fortunate to live in a free and vibrant country, and I am eternally grateful to those in uniform that allow us to enjoy the freedoms we do. May you and your loved ones have a joyous and blessed holiday season.
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I want to remind you of a deadline approaching for those wishing to
express thoughts on a proposed rule from the Department of Labor that
could have far-reaching effects on the way farmers and ranchers conduct
business. The proposal would ban those under the age of 16 from working
on a farm or ranch not owned by their parents, preventing valuable
learning activities that allow young people to gain experience in
agriculture. Earlier this year, I asked the Labor Department to extend
the comment period for this proposed rule, and you now have until this
Thursday, December 1st to offer your thoughts. I strongly encourage
those of you interested in sending a comment to do so here
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November 30, 2011
As we prepare for the holiday season, I invite you to take a moment to
spread Christmas cheer to someone in
veterans and their families across the world. Many men and women in uniform are overseas this season, unable to enjoy this joyous season with family and friends. We are eternally grateful for their sacrifices, which allow us to celebrate safely and freely here at home. I hope you'll join me in thanking them this Christmas by sending cards to the address below, or by dropping them off at one of my offices by December 9th:
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Holiday Mail for Heroes PO Box 5456 Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
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In a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing yesterday, I had the
opportunity to ask tough questions
MF Global was a major player in the commodity futures market, which
helps farmers and other businesses manage their risk. I will continue to
press for answers, to ensure those at fault are brought to justice, and
most importantly to help make sure it doesn't happen again.
Understanding what happened is key to maintaining our confidence in the
regulatory process. I invite you to click on the link below to hear my
questioning during the hearing or to click here
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