Sure got his attention!

  1. Just an update....sent one of those e-mail form letters to my congressman in support of the bill before congress that would expediate DNA evidence nationally in rape cases. The first response l got back l posted on another thread, (can't remember the title), basicly the conngressman was giving all the good reasons he did not support this bill. SOOOOOOOOOOOOO, l went back to the form letter e-mail and revised it with the heading, "More than 22,000 nurses are reading your response!"..l put a plug in for nurses case you are interested, here is his response...l guess the heading caught his attn, cause this is no form letter!

    Subj: Re: more than 22,000 nurses are reading your response!
    Date: 10/30/02 1:54:21 PM Pacific Standard Time

    Sent from the Internet (Details)

    October 30, 200

    Dear L:

    Thank you very much for your thoughtful response to my most recent letter
    on H.R. 2874, the Debbie Smith Act. It is nice to hear from you again.

    You bring up some very interesting points about this legislation and I do
    appreciate your input. I agree with you that states should have better
    access to available DNA records to prosecute rape cases. These heinous
    crimes should never go unpunished and more extensive coordination may be
    useful in solving these crimes. Americans must always work to ensure that
    when these horrendous crimes do occur, the offender is swiftly brought to
    justice. I believe we must remain vigilant to ensure that laws against
    such behavior function in the most effective and efficient manner
    possible. Unfortunately, too often politicians propose and pass laws with
    little consideration for their effectiveness, possible side-effects, or
    cost involved.

    This legislation has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee and it
    is not expected to see action on the House floor this year. When Congress
    reconvenes in January, the bill may be considered in committee. At that
    time, I can assure you that I will assess the revisions made to the bill,
    evaluate if more revisions should be made, and make a determination
    whether this bill will, in fact, be helpful in the prosecution of victims
    of these crimes.

    L, I want you to know that I understand the difficulties of being a
    nurse today. During this Congress, I supported the Nurse Reinvestment Act,
    which was recently signed into law by President Bush. This bill requires
    the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop and issue public
    service announcements that advertise and promote the nursing profession,
    highlight the advantages and rewards of nursing, and encourage individuals
    from diverse communities and background to enter the nursing profession;
    award grants to designated eligible entities in order to increase the
    number of nurses; establishes a fast-track nursing school faculty training
    program; and, establishes a National Nurse Service Corps Scholarship
    program that provides scholarships to individuals seeking nursing
    education in exchange for service by such individuals in areas with
    nursing shortages.

    Thank you again for contacting me. I do appreciate your continued input
    on these issues.


    John Boehner
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  3. by   sjoe
    That was fun to read.
  4. by   -jt
    <L, I want you to know that I understand the difficulties of being a
    nurse today. During this Congress, I supported the Nurse Reinvestment Act,
    which was recently signed into law by President Bush>

    That was nice of him to support the bill, but now that its signed into law, Congress STILL hasnt allocated the $250 million to IMPLEMENT it. So the law is on the books but its not in practice yet. What has he done about that? My Congressman & Senators havent given me a response on that one.
  5. by   NRSKarenRN
    Email him back that you will be looking for HIS support on FUNDING this bill when congress reconvenes.

    Haven't heard back from my contingent yet due to heavy election stumping. Representatives up for reelection.
    20yr State Rep my area now has heavy challege from newcomer from my town who just won PSNA support because her views re nursing more aligned with PSNA ...............also current State Rep was too late joining the bandwagon re malpractice legislation.

    Democratic candidate running for Governor, Ed Rendell has BIG following in this area and candidate for State Rep will benefit from his coat tails AND that SHE is a lawyer who represents hospitals and NURSES in malpractice cases. Additionally, re-districting has occured so limited name recognition in some areas for current State REp.

    Do sense a change is in the wind.
  6. by   l.rae
    thanks JT and Karen...l am kind of new in activism in nursing.....after election...l will defanatelyy bug him again..all pointers are welcome!.......LR
  7. by   WashYaHands
    Interesting how the tone of his letter changed from the first response.
  8. by   sanakruz
    WAIIIIIIIT_ Did this guy really say ..."Will help in the prosecution of the victims of these crimes..." or is that a typo( or should I be admitted>>>)
  9. by   sanakruz
    Once again, J. "Boner" friend of the rapist..........
  10. by   OC_An Khe
    Great idea about the 22,00 nurses who will be reading his response. Mind if all of us borrow that idea.
    Remeber to vote on Tuesday. Don't waste your vote by not voting.
  11. by   l.rae
    ocankhe...borrow away, Brian has provided a wonderful forum, l think nurses could really turn up the heat on some polititions regarding healthcare issues...would love to see some more polital responses in this forum..............LR
  12. by   Jenny P
    WAY TO GO L.RAE!!!! That is one smart move on your part., maybe L.rae should write back and ask him WHAT he meant by this?? ("Will help in the prosecution of the victims of these crimes...")