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Congressman Jerry F Costello

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Dear Buddy:

 

I wanted to drop you a note to let you know I received your message regarding the United Nations.

 

Thank you for contacting me about this important issue.  Like you, I agree that the United Nations provides an essential forum for nations to address mutual problems.  You will be interested to know that the House passed, with my support, the Fiscal Year 2008 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill, which includes $128 million for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and a total of $40 million for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).  It also provides $1.3 billion, $195 million above the President's request, for Contributions for International Peacekeeping Activities (CIPA).  Please know that I will keep your views in mind as the House considers legislation regarding the U.N. and other foreign policy related matters.

 

If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 


Sincerely,

Jerry F. Costello
Member of Congress

 

 

 

Dear.buddy

I wanted to drop you a note to let you know I received your message regarding the proposed plan to allow concealed weapons in National Parks.

Thank you for contacting me about this issue. As you know, Interior Secretary Kempthorne recently proposed new regulations allowing an individual to bring a concealed weapon into a National Park if they have a permit and reside in a state that allows guns in its own state and local parks. The Department of Interior is holding a 60 day public comment period to allow people to voice their opinion on the proposed rule. Comments can be submitted by June 30th to:

Public Comments Processing

Attn: 1024-AD70; Division of Policy and Directives Management

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222

Arlington, VA 22203

Please be assured that I will continue to monitor this issue and will keep your views in mind should it come before the House of Representatives for consideration.

If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Sincerely,

Jerry F. Costello
Member of Congress

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From: Congressman Jerry F. Costello <il12ima.pub@mail.house.gov>
To: algotto06@yahoo.com
Sent: Friday, June 13, 2008 4:03:26 PM
Subject: Re: WriteRep Responses

Dear Buddy:

I wanted to drop you a note to let you know I received your message regarding proposed cuts to Medicare reimbursements.

I appreciate you contacting my office regarding these issues and thank you for sharing your concerns with me. You should know I am committed to strengthening and improving Medicare and Tricare so that we provide senior citizens and military with quality, affordable and reliable health care. I have consistently opposed Medicare reimbursement cuts. Severe cuts to providers place beneficiaries, including servicemen and women, at risk of losing access to quality patient care.

The House of Representatives stopped a scheduled 10% cut to Medicare payments earlier. As you know, the moratorium on reimbursement payment cuts for physicians expires in July. The Senate is currently working on legislation that will again stop a scheduled payment cut and I expect the House will debate the measure in the near future. Please be assured will continue to oppose reimbursement rate cuts and will work for increases in physician reimbursements as this issue continues to be debated during the remainder of the 110th Congress.

If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Jerry F. Costello
Member of Congress

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From: Congressman Jerry F. Costello <il12ima.pub@mail.house.gov>
To: algotto06@yahoo.com
Sent: Wednesday, May 14, 2008 7:51:12 AM
Subject: Re: WriteRep Responses

Dear Alfred:

I wanted to drop you a note to let you know I received your message regarding warrantless wiretapping and telecommunication companies' involvement.

Thank you for contacting my office regarding this issue. While I support the ability of our intelligence agencies to conduct electronic surveillance of suspected terrorists - as permitted under the current Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) law which requires the government to first have approval from a FISA court - I am opposed to essentially unlimited warrantless surveillance and wiretapping. Moreover, President Bush has not provided information about the specifics of his wiretapping program. That is why I voted against legislation to reauthorize the Patriot Act and legislation that would give the President the authority to conduct electronic surveillance without a warrant. The President and Congress continue to look for a way to instate a satisfactory FISA law.

Earlier this year, a temporary law passed in 2007 to update the original FISA legislation was not renewed, as agreement has not been reached on a permanent update of FISA. It is important to note that all surveillance begun under the temporary law can be continued for one year, and any new surveillance can be conducted under the original FISA bill, which remains in place. In addition, a major part of the ongoing debate revolves around a provision in Senate legislation that would grant immunity from prosecution to telecommunication companies that assisted the government's surveillance program. I have concerns with the temporary law and will continue to work towards a bill that gives our law enforcement agencies the tools they need to stop terrorist and other illegal activity while guaranteeing the civil rights of American citizens.

If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Jerry F. Costello
Member of Congress

Dear.buddy

I wanted to drop you a note to let you know I received your message regarding the proposed plan to allow concealed weapons in National Parks.

Thank you for contacting me about this issue. As you know, Interior Secretary Kempthorne recently proposed new regulations allowing an individual to bring a concealed weapon into a National Park if they have a permit and reside in a state that allows guns in its own state and local parks. The Department of Interior is holding a 60 day public comment period to allow people to voice their opinion on the proposed rule. Comments can be submitted by June 30th to:

Public Comments Processing

Attn: 1024-AD70; Division of Policy and Directives Management

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222

Arlington, VA 22203

Please be assured that I will continue to monitor this issue and will keep your views in mind should it come before the House of Representatives for consideration.

If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Sincerely,

Jerry F. Costello
Member of Congress

From: Congressman Jerry F. Costello <il12ima.pub@mail.house.gov>
To: algotto06@yahoo.com
Sent: Friday, June 13, 2008 4:03:26 PM
Subject: Re: WriteRep Responses

Dear Buddy:

I wanted to drop you a note to let you know I received your message regarding proposed cuts to Medicare reimbursements.

I appreciate you contacting my office regarding these issues and thank you for sharing your concerns with me. You should know I am committed to strengthening and improving Medicare and Tricare so that we provide senior citizens and military with quality, affordable and reliable health care. I have consistently opposed Medicare reimbursement cuts. Severe cuts to providers place beneficiaries, including servicemen and women, at risk of losing access to quality patient care.

The House of Representatives stopped a scheduled 10% cut to Medicare payments earlier. As you know, the moratorium on reimbursement payment cuts for physicians expires in July. The Senate is currently working on legislation that will again stop a scheduled payment cut and I expect the House will debate the measure in the near future. Please be assured will continue to oppose reimbursement rate cuts and will work for increases in physician reimbursements as this issue continues to be debated during the remainder of the 110th Congress.

If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Jerry F. Costello
Member of Congress

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