A Note from our Friends at PROTECT.org:
In the next few days, the Senate is planning to vote on an “omnibus spending bill.” Contained in that bill is $60 million in desperately-needed child rescue funding that PROTECT fought for all during 2010.
If the omnibus fails, state and local law enforcement resources for fighting child exploitation will be slashed in half.Â Thousands of children will be left in the hands of sexual predators, simply because the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces didn’t have the people to go rescue them… even though they know where they are.
That’s why we need you to call these Senators, who we believe might help us:
Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) 202-224-6551
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) 202-224-2523
Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) 202-224-4543
Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) 202-224-5344
Here’s what to say:
- I’m calling to urge you to vote for the omnibus spending bill.
- I understand you are leaning towards a YES vote. Here’s why that’s important…
- The omnibus contains $60 million in funding for the ICAC task forces [pronounced eye-kack]. This money will give police the resources they need to stop child pornography traffickers and rescue children.
- And here’s why child protection matters to ME…
(Speaking to the staffer who answers the phone is okay. They log your call, and the office will feel the combined impact of all our calls! If you don’t get through the first time, please try again.)
Â Please forward this message to friends and neighbors today! Thank You!
Â NOTE: The omnibus spending bill is not the same legislation as the tax bill recently in the news. The omnibus will fund all government operations in 2011, and it’s the result of a year of work by both Democrats and Republicans. There are no other options on the table that include this $60 million. We win or lose right now. If you believe, as we do, that pro-child, anti-crime voters must focus on the single issue of child protection, please call these Senators today!