Issue 126 * April 30, 1996
The National Center for Public Policy Research
Amy Moritz, President
300 Eye Street N.E. Suite 3 * Washington, D.C. 20002
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E-Mail: [email protected]
Activities at the April 23 Family Forum meeting chaired by Amy Moritz of The National Center for Public Policy Research and Mike Schwartz of the Congressional Family Caucus.
Donna Rice Hughes, Miriam Bell, Dee Jepsen, Monique Nelson and Wayne Stewart of the anti-pornography group Enough is Enough and Kathy Cleaver of the Family Research Council discussed their efforts to protect children from accessing pornography through the Internet. Said Hughes: "Our philosophy is a three-pronged approach: 1) law, 2) technology, 3) education." Education, she said, "is about removing illegal porn... and helping victims of pornography," and is especially important, she said, because parents can't protect children if they don't know there is a problem. "Law" primarily refers to the Communications Decency Act (CDA), approved by the 104th Congress and signed into law by President Clinton. The CDA is presently facing a court challenge and is being defended by the Clinton Administration, she said, noting that two of the three judges on the case "do not look sympathetic" to the Clinton Administration/Enough is Enough pro-CDA position. But Hughes said that the law is not the only answer, calling technology an "important tool," and said that their goal is a system whereby all information on the Internet is classified according to content, and browsers can be equipped to ignore materials that meet certain classifications. Wayne Stewart then demonstrated examples of currently-available software designed to block "X-rated" Internet sites, specifically mentioning "Rated PG," a program that allows parents to build custom networks for their kids and gives parents a printout showing where their kids have browsed. Kathy Cleaver discussed legal issues, saying that, in her opinion, CompuServe and other online services are presently in violation of the law. Enough is Enough distributed a comprehensive information packet, including information on Enough is Enough, what is illegal porn and what is legal, information on the CDA, and information about videos and software that can help parents protect their kids. Contact Donna Rice Hughes, Miriam Bell, Dee Jepsen, Monique Nelson and Wayne Stewart at 703/278-8343 and Kathy Cleaver at 202/393-2100.
Steve Allen of the Internet Guild discussed the purpose of his organization, which is to facilitate communications between conservatives, libertarians and free market activists on the Internet. He also discussed the debut issue of The Internet Report, a newsletter designed, he said, "to be the definitive non-partisan newsletter covering political sites and activities on the Net." The Internet Report is free to subscribers receiving it by e-mail and a sample is available. Contact Steve Allen at 703/941-5972 or by e-mail at [email protected]
Mike Schwartz of the Congressional Family Caucus and Heidi Stirrup of the Christian Coalition discussed environmental issues from a pro-family perspective. Schwartz discussed a letter being sent to the left-wing environmental group the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) asking the LCV why they ranked a vote in favor of UN funding for abortion as a "pro-environment" vote in their legislative scorecard. Heidi Stirrup distributed a Washington Times editorial by Marlo Lewis of the Competitive Enterprise Institute entitled "The EPA Would Have Arrested Noah." Contact Mike Schwartz at 202/225-3031 and Heidi Stirrup at 202/547-3600.
Edmund Peterson of Project 21 updated participants about the investigation into the burnings of black churches across the country. Recently, he said, the Christian Coalition has announced a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of perpetrators, and hearings into the burnings are planned in both the House (in the Constitution Subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee, Chaired by Rep. Charles Canady [R-FL]) and the Senate (in the Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT). Contact Edmund Peterson via Arturo Silva at 202/543-4110 or by e-mail at [email protected]
Amy Myers of Eagle Forum updated participants on the status of the Careers Bill, which, she said, takes some power away from local school boards and towns, and distributed articles about it. The bill, she said, has been in conference committee since September, and opponents and even some Members of Congress who voted for it are hoping it will stay there. Contact Amy Myers at 202/544-0353.
Diane Steed of the Coalition for Vehicle Choice, a 40,000-member vehicle-users group, discussed the Clinton Administration's desire to increase fuel economy standards by 40% in order to help stop "global warming." Steed said this would add about $2,700 to the cost of an average family-sized vehicle and compromise safety, and reviewed legislation on the Hill that would freeze fuel economy standards at 27 m.p.g. for cars and 20 m.p.g. for trucks. The legislation is HR 2200 in the House (primary sponsors: Reps. Fred Upton (R-MI) and Sherrod Brown (R-OH) and S. 1506 in the Senate (primary sponsors: Senators Spence Abraham (R-MI), John Ashcroft (R-MO), Carl Levin (D-MI). Contact Diane Steed at 202/628-5164.
Decision-time is looming on health care reform for the 104th Congress. With a glaring exception, bills approved by both the House and Senate largely meet the Republican goals of:
Says labor lawyer Peter Kirsanow, author of the African-American leadership group Project 21's 1994 report The Health Care Ghetto, which analyzed the effect of President Clinton's health care proposal on black Americans, about the bill passed by the House 267-151: "It's a remarkable improvement over the health care act proposed by Clinton. It's non-intrusive, devoid of state control, and rectifies the problems of portability, denying health care based on preexisting conditions, and expensive costs. What Clinton tried to do in a socialistic fashion, the House has done in a free market fashion." But the glaring exception remains: the Senate bill does not include Medical Savings Accounts, which many say are key to making health care affordable, and wrangling over MSAs is holding up the appointment of Senate conferees to the House-Senate conference committee which will work out differences between the House and Senate. The Senate stand-off pits Majority Leader Robert Dole against Senators Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and Nancy Kassebaum (R-KS), and until it is resolved, no conferees will be appointed. MSA advocates are urging Dole to stand firm. If and when the stand-off in the Senate over conferees is resolved the House will most likely vote on a resolution to instruct the House conferees on MSAs. Experts are urging the public to contact Senator Dole, their home state Senators, and their Congressman with their views on health care reform immediately, as major decisions are likely in the near future. Contact Peter Kirsanow via Arturo Silva at 202/543-4110 or by e-mail at [email protected]
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