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    Subject: Your Concerns
    Date: 1/19/2010 12:46:28 P.M. Central Standard Time
    From: [email protected]
    To:[email protected]


    Dear Larry:

    Thank you for contacting me to share your views concerning S. 373, a bill to amend United States Code to classify nine species of constrictor snakes as injurious species. I appreciate the benefit of your views.

    In 2003, biologists at the Everglades National Park in Florida identified a breeding population of Burmese python in the Everglades. Since then, scientists have uncovered python populations in Big Cypress National Preserve, Miami, Key Largo, as well as state parks, municipalities, and public and private lands in the region. In October 2009, the United States Geological Survey released an assessment of the biological impacts associated with potential colonization of the United States by any of the nine giant constrictors, and concluded they posed an exceptional threat to the integrity of native ecosystems.

    The benefits associated with importation, trade and possession of giant constrictors were not incorporated into the previous relevant ecological and environmental reports, because these were inherently limited in scope and jurisdiction to ecological and environmental analysis. Now it is the responsibility of Congress to weigh those concerns, and consider the potential social and economic impacts of banning the sale and importation of exotic pets. I respect my constituents’ desire to keep and care for exotic pets. Should S. 373 reach the Senate floor for a vote, I will keep your views in mind.

    I will continue to listen closely to what constituents have to say about matters before Congress, the concerns of our communities, and the issues facing Illinois and the nation. My job is not about merely supporting or opposing legislation; it is also about bridging the divide that has paralyzed our nation's politics.

    Sincerely,

    Roland W. Burris
    United States Senator


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    But here is the first response I got , needless to say
    I was less than happy with it

    Subject: Your Concerns
    Date: 1/6/2010 4:09:27 P.M. Central Standard Time
    From: [email protected]
    To:[email protected]

    Dear Larry:

    Thank you for contacting me with your thoughts on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2009 and the right to guarantee employment to individuals regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. I appreciate hearing your thoughts on such an important issue.

    Today, too many individuals within the United States are either losing or are unable to obtain jobs due to their sexual orientations or gender. These Americans simply want to go to work and live quality lives, contributing their talents and energy to our great nation. We are a better nation when everyone here has an opportunity to succeed and the discrimination and fear of termination that they currently face should not be allowed under federal law.

    The Employment Non-Discrimination Act was introduced on August 5th by Senator Jeff Merkely. I am a cosponsor of the bill because I believe that there is great strength in our diversity. Given a fair opportunity at employment, the American people make up the greatest workforce on earth. Together, we can revitalize our economy and once again lead the world. While the legislation has currently been referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, rest assured that I will continue to fight to provide all Americans with an equal opportunity for success.

    I will continue to listen closely to what you and other Illinoisans have to say about matters before Congress, the concerns of our communities, and the issues facing Illinois and the nation. My job is not about merely supporting or opposing legislation; it is also about bridging the divide that has paralyzed our nation's politics.

    Sincerely,

    Roland W. Burris
    United States Senator

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    At least they are getting their info correct in the latest response




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    Re: Responses I received from IL Sen. Burris

    Yeah buddy, I'm with ya on this one--I had the same first response on mine--had NOTHING to do with the Python ban but at least they got it right the second time.

    Quite disheartening to say the least.
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    • #3
      Re: Responses I received from IL Sen. Burris

      The second response isn't bad in that at least it sounds like he actually wrote it himself... even if it sounds like he is supporting S373.

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      • #4
        Re: Responses I received from IL Sen. Burris

        Originally posted by MLynch View Post
        The second response isn't bad in that at least it sounds like he actually wrote it himself... even if it sounds like he is supporting S373.
        It's the same canned response I got from Barbara Boxer's office. She chaired the comittee and isn't pulling off this topic. Not even a little. I'm pretty sure all of us who have e-mailed have gotten this same exact response.


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        • #5
          Re: Responses I received from IL Sen. Burris

          I've actually lost count of how many e-mails I've sent... and I have yet to get a response form either of my senators! I haven't received a written response to any of my mailed letters either.

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