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S 2344 Internet Safety Education assistance requested

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  • Nancy Willard
    Hi all, As most probably recall, S. 2344, sponsored by Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), is a bipartisan bill unanimously approved in December by the Senate
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      Hi all,

      As most probably recall, S. 2344, sponsored by Senator Robert Menendez
      (D-NJ), is a bipartisan bill unanimously approved in December by the Senate
      Judiciary Committee. S. 2344 would authorize $50 million for a competitive
      grant program open to all eligible organizations to carry out Internet
      safety education programs spanning fiscal years 2008 through 2012. S. 2344
      is the Senate counterpart to H.R. 4134 which would also authorize $50
      million in fiscal years 2008 through 2012 but direct half of this funding
      ($25 million) to one organization, I-SAFE. H.R. 4134 passed the House of
      Representatives in November. Prior to the Senate Judiciary Committee vote,
      many of Internet safety organizations signed a letter to the leadership of
      the Senate Judiciary Committee supporting S. 2344 and opposing H.R. 4134,
      sponsored by Congresswoman Linda Sanchez.

      S 2344 has run into a snag in the Senate. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has
      placed a "hold" on the bill. A ³hold² is a permissible parliamentary
      procedure within Senate rules that allows one or more Senators to prevent
      legislation from reaching a vote on the Senate floor - where it would
      obviously pass overwhelmingly.

      So we need some pressure from the field to be placed on Senator Coburn to
      release this hold. This is money that can come to the state and local
      educational organizations, as well as Internet safety organizations to
      support the provision of this education. If you would take a minute to help,
      that would be appreciated.

      You can contact the Senator here:

      http://coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactSenatorCoburn.Ho
      me

      But it appears that folks from OK will have the best response. So please
      help us all out good folks from Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin' down
      the plain. But others should try to write also. Here is some language:

      I am writing to urge that you release your ³hold² and permit a Senate floor
      vote on S. 2344, the Internet Safety Education Act, a bipartisan bill
      unanimously approved in December by the Senate Judiciary Committee. S. 2344
      would authorize $50 million for a competitive grant program open to all
      eligible organizations to carry out Internet safety education programs
      spanning fiscal years 2008 through 2012. Internet safety education programs
      are greatly needed across America to address the risks present to children
      and teens in this new technology environment.

      Then, write to your own senators. Change the first sentence to "I am writing
      to urge that you call upon Senator Coburn to release his ³hold² and permit a
      Senate floor vote on S. 2344..."

      Thanks bunches,

      Nancy

      --
      Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D.
      Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use
      http://csriu.org
      http://cyberbully.org
      http://cyber-safe-kids.com
      http://csriu.wordpress.com
      nwillard@...

      Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats: Responding to the Challenge of Online Social
      Aggression, Threats, and Distress (Research Press)

      Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens: Helping Young People Learn to Use the
      Internet Safely and Responsibly (Jossey-Bass)
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