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Last Chance for Federal Eminent Domain Reform!

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    cwalsh@ij.org writes: Congress convened its lame duck session today and has only 10 days to pass federal eminent domain reform. As you know, H.R. 4128 -
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 13, 2006
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      cwalsh@... writes:
      Congress convened its lame duck session today and has only 10 days to pass
      federal eminent domain reform.
      As you know, H.R. 4128 - passed by the House in October 2005 by an
      overwhelming vote of 376-38 - never made it out of Senate Judiciary Committee. To
      avoid this logjam, Senator Inhofe introduced an identical version of the bill
      in September (S. 3873), which went straight to the floor of the Senate.
      Unfortunately, it faced another obstacle: Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist
      refused to allow a vote on this vital legislation.
      This legislation would give Congress the power to discourage eminent domain
      abuse by withholding federal funds from those cities that seize private
      property for private developers - like the city that tried to take Susette Kelo’s
      home, New London, Conn., which received $2 million in federal funds and took
      eight years of her life.
      Senator Frist and the entire Senate now have a second and final chance to
      provide such federal protections to America’s home and small business owners.
      Contact Senator Frist and your own senators TODAY and tell them to support
      H.R. 4128 and S. 3873.

      1. Contact Senator Bill Frist at 202-224-3344
      2. Contact both of your own senators (you can find their phone numbers here:
      http://www.castlecoalition.org/legislation/senators.html, or you can e-mail
      them here: _https://action.popuvox.com/default.aspx?actionID=286_
      (https://action.popuvox.com/default.aspx?actionID=286) )

      IT'S NOW OR NEVER. If H.R. 4128/S. 3873 don’t pass this month, the fight
      for federal eminent domain protections will have to start all over again in the
      new term. It is in the Senate’s hands to decide whether the 109th Congress
      will be remembered as a friend or foe to the thousands of home and small
      business owners, tenants, churches and farms threatened by eminent domain
      nationwide.

      Best,
      Christina Walsh
      Assistant Castle Coalition Coordinator
      Institute for Justice
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