Action Alert – Souder is at it again (Updated)

Update: Congratulations! Congress was inundated with phone calls, and Souder was encouraged to withdraw the amendment. Excellent work.

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Our nemesis in Congress, arch-drug warrior Mark Souder, is at it again. Earlier this year, the House Education & Labor Committee passed a student aid bill including language to scale back his infamous financial aid/drug conviction law. The new version of the law would only count sales convictions — a great step forward, though we still want full repeal. More than 200,000 students already have lost aid for college because of drug convictions.

Tomorrow, we’re told, Rep. Souder will offer an amendment on the floor of the House of Representatives, seeking to have this good language stripped from the final version of the bill. PLEASE CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE AND ASK THAT HE OR SHE VOTE NO ON SOUDER’S AMENDMENT TO THE STUDENT AID BILL. Students should not lose access to college because of drug possession convictions! The bill is called SAFRA, the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, H.R. 3221.

To reach your Representative (or find out who your Rep is), call the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. When the receptionist in your representative’s office answers the phone, politely say something like the following:

“My name is _____ and I’d like Rep. ___ to vote against Rep. Souder’s amendment to the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, which would deny educational opportunities to students with minor drug possession convictions. Blocking access to education causes more drug problems and hurts the economy. Thank you.”

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7 Responses to Action Alert – Souder is at it again (Updated)

  1. Mike R says:

    My wife and I have done just this. Thanks for the heads up!

  2. paul says:

    You can also tell them you don’t want them to vote for more laws that hurt young people just starting out in their lives.

  3. ezrydn says:

    Souder would be tickled pink if he could get an all-cannabis book burning just as the Nazis had. Maybe he’d even get to break a window ow two. Of course, he’d have to get his uniform out of the closet and dust it off.

  4. DdC says:

    Are we ready to call it the “F” word yet? Fascism

    “No class or group or party in Germany could escape its share of responsibility for the abandonment of the democratic Republic and the advent of Adolf Hitler. The cardinal error of the Germans who opposed Nazism was their failure to unite against it. ….the 63% of the German people who expressed their opposition to Hitler were much too divided and shortsighted to combine against a common danger which they must have known would overwhelm them unless they united, HOWEVER TEMPORARY, to stamp it out.”
    -William L. Shirer, author;
    “The rise and fall of the Third Reich” p.259


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  5. Pete says:

    Thanks, Mike! Great news.

  6. R.O.E. says:

    LOL Souder = a big FAIL! See now, we the people are powerful. Looks as thought the uprising of we the people is shaking these politicians to the core on all issuses. More to come too.

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