Thursday, September 28, 2006

Record number of members of Congress support repeal of Aid Elimination Penalty

Just two weeks ago, Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO), signed on as a co-sponsor of the Removing Impediments to Students' Education (RISE) Act, which would fully repeal the law that strips financial aid from college students with drug convictions.

This brings the co-sponsor list of H.R. 1184 to 71 members of Congress, the most that have ever signed on to the bill.

Although we're getting close to the end of this congressional session, it's not too late to contact your legislators and tell them to overturn this counterproductive and unfair penalty.

And it's worth noting that Rep. Clay signed on to the bill only after Bailey Hirschburg, one of our activists from the University of Missouri-Columbia, approached him at a public event and spoke about how this penalty negatively impacts students.

We're making a difference, one legislator at a time. Contact yours now!

2 comments:

800 pound gorilla said...

Somehow I don't see this being an election year issue like "empowering the president to lock up people without hearings - legally" has been. And let's face it all the legislation coming out of congress is "feel good while protecting one's backside" style of symbolism over reality style nonsense.

If you want serious change you should seriously vote libertarian or green party because you can't get any serious drug reform on plate with the two parties committed to big government. I vote every election and I don't waste my voting on lesser evils. At least my vote makes a difference.

alizard@ecis.com said...

I strongly recommend that your organization spend the extra money for fax delivery. Congresscritters are far more likely to pay attention to faxes than either e-mails (constituent e-mails are considered spam) or letters (which may be delayed or destroyed in the inspection process) to the Capitol offices.