No Vote on H.R.193 - American Sovereignty Restoration Act
A no vote on H.R.193 - American Sovereignty Restoration Act is a must. H.R.193 - American Sovereignty Restoration Act severely weakens climate, trade, communication, health, scientific and security relations between the United States, the EU, NATO and the UN. Text of the bill is included here. NATO has been a vital partner in maintaining peace and security in Europe since 1949. More recently NATO has been a stabilizing force in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a vital partner in Afghanistan, Iraq, Gulf of Aden anti-piracy actions, and Libya. NATO also has partnership agreements with the Partnership for Peace,the members of the Commonwealth of Independent States, The Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, and the European Union to name a few. Like NATO, the UN was also formed during the aftermath of WWII but it’s roots stretch back to 1865 in order to further international communications with the International Telecommunication Union and the Universal Postal Union of 1874. In 1899, the International Peace Conference was held in The Hague to elaborate instruments for settling crises peacefully, preventing wars and codifying rules of warfare. It adopted the Convention for the Pacific Settlement of International Disputes and established the Permanent Court of Arbitration, which began work in 1902. The forerunner of the United Nations was the League of Nations, an organization conceived in similar circumstances during the first World War, and established in 1919 under the Treaty of Versailles "to promote international cooperation and to achieve peace and security." Since it’s inception the United Nations has been involved with peacekeeping and security, human rights, economic and humanitarian assistance and has used the International Court of Justice, the Economic and Social Council in an attempt to solve many of the world’s problems. The UN is also involved with, Food and Agriculture Organization, International Atomic Energy Agency, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, World Health Organization, World Intellectual Property Organization, the World Meteorological Organization and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. Retreating from the world community not only weakens the United States as a world leader it encourages aggressive nation states and hostile non-state actors to strike on their own.
S.3205 - Human-Powered Travel in Wilderness Areas Act
Dear Senators Boxer, Lee, and Warren, The wilderness areas are under direct threat by S.3205 - Human-Powered Travel in Wilderness Areas Act. S.3205 opens the door to timber, cattle, mining, and oil exploitation in the wilderness areas. Bill sponsor,Utah Senator Mike Lee has direct ties to oil,and mining. Senator Mike Lee has tried to enlist the help of Utah Senator Orrin Hatch and Nevada Senator Dean Heller; both senators have been publicly hostile towards the wilderness areas. In an August 19 2016 article in the New York Times Michael Carroll of the Wilderness Society said,“We think the bill is a fundamental attack on one of our bedrock conservation laws — it’s championed by two of the most anti-environmental members of the Senate, and it has language in it that is really designed to drive a wedge between the recreation community and conservationists”. Craig Allen of the The Back Country Horsemen of Utah wrote a letter in the Salt Lake Tribune and said, “Lee and Hatch would upend the bipartisan unity that lay behind the Wilderness Act and the laws every Congress and president since have used to protect more wild treasures”. S.3205 is opposed by the Sierra Club, Wilderness Society and mountain biking’s largest advocacy group, International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). A no vote on S.3205 is highly encouraged.