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This letter was sent by OpenCongress user patmconlon on November 18, 2011 in opposition to H.R.3261 Stop Online Piracy Act.
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H.R.3261 Stop Online Piracy Act

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, 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

This letter was a reply from the office of Ben Nelson on November 18, 2011.
Responding to your message

Dear Patrick:

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

This letter was a reply from the office of Mike Johanns on November 21, 2011.
e-Update: Disappointed in Debt Committee Failure

Senator Johanns e-Update November 21, 2011

I'm deeply disappointed to hear that the joint committee on debt reduction will be unable to reach an agreement to reduce our nation's deficit. We are now faced with significant cuts to both defense and non-defense programs, and our debt crisis continues to spin out of control. I have been working closely with a bipartisan group of Senators coordinated by the Gang of Six, all of whom believe it is imperative that we address our country's ballooning debt. I will continue this work in hopes we are able to bring a plan to the Senate floor. Failure to take significant steps towards reducing our debt will affect job creation, economic recovery and future prosperity. We can no longer afford to kick the can down the road.

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This letter was a reply from the office of Mike Johanns on November 23, 2011.
e-Update: Giving Thanks

Senator Johanns e-Update November 23, 2011

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.

Video Available: Johanns' Thanksgiving Message to Nebraskans

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This letter was a reply from the office of Mike Johanns on November 29, 2011.
e-Update: Deadline Approaching to Comment on Ag Labor Proposal

Senator Johanns e-Update November 29, 2011

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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This letter was a reply from the office of Mike Johanns on November 30, 2011.
e-Update: Invitation to Participate in Holiday Mail for Heroes

Senator Johanns e-Update

November 30, 2011

As we prepare for the holiday season, I invite you to take a moment to spread Christmas cheer to someone in uniform. The American Red Cross is asking for your participation in Holiday Mail for Heroes , a program that gathers and distributes holiday cards for service members,

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:

Johanns Signs Cards for Service Members

Holiday Mail for Heroes PO Box 5456 Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

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This letter was a reply from the office of Mike Johanns on December 14, 2011.
e-Update: Protecting Consumers

Senator Johanns e-Update December 14, 2011

In a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing yesterday, I had the opportunity to ask tough questions of executives at MF Global, a commodity futures broker currently missing up to $1.2 billion in customer funds. MF Global filed bankruptcy in October, and since then I've heard from many frustrated Nebraskans who have legitimate questions about how their money was handled. They and all MF Global customers who are missing money deserve answers, and I had hoped to get answers from the panel. Instead, the executives continued to dodge and skirt responsibility.

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 to watch my interview on Fox Business.

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