Saturday, August 3, 2013
ACTION ALERT: Rep Smith Amends an Unrelated Bill to Restrict Passports for ALL Registered Sex OffendersHR 898 "Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2013."
Stated Intent: To authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2014 through 2017 for the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, and for other purposes.Well that bill has languished in Congress with no action, in fact only ONE other person would co-sponsor the bill. Apparently that bothered Rep. Smith because now he has pulled a fast one by AMENDING another bill in such a way that the public would not know anything about that amendment until the House approved it. That is exactly what has happened.
Nothing like seeing the "And for other purposes," the governmental catch-all-do-all phrase. While the intent is "Sex Trafficking" the wording is such that it can affect any registered sex offender traveling to other countries, which is why I bring this to everyone's attention.
Rep Smith proposed an amendment to HR 2848 Department of State Operations and Embassy Security Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2014, and the House Committee approved his amendment. Clearly no Lawmaker would vote against a bill on security of our foreign embassies.
Now if you look at HR-2848 on Thomas you WILL NOT find his amendment, why is unknown, but everyone in Congress is now on break so the public is kept in the blind; kinda! Rep Smith released a Press Release in which he says you can read what he has proposed by clicking on HERE but there are no details of what actually went into the bill, nor are there any details in this News Release.
It is very likely what he proposed in his original bill HR-898 is what we will find in HR2848 when Thomas decides to post the amendment. So what do we do in the meantime?
Well, Rep Smith says -in his Press Release- that HR 2848 will be in front of the full House in September, so our suggestion is that everyone contact their Reps NOW, and tell them to take that amendment out.Rep Smith -in Press Release- says only certain sex offenders would be affected, but in reality -reading his bill HR-898- ANY and ALL persons registered will be affected if they apply for a passport, or if they currently have a passport (Passports being good for 10 years).
For now, have a great day and a better tomorrow.