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W.R. Dancey 06-21-2016 10:58 AM

Sending Out Letters...
 
Hi all,

I'm composing letters for my state representatives and powers that be to support the new bills for the Delta Queen. I want to double check my facts first, and ask for any valuable information that I might add to my letters.

The new bills are H.R. 1248 and S. 1717, correct?

W.R. Dancey

Jo Ann Schoen 06-21-2016 07:50 PM

Yes, you have the correct House and Senate bill numbers. Let us know if you get more than a standard response, "we'll take your thoughts into consideration". Good Luck.

Jim Alexander 06-21-2016 07:51 PM

[QUOTE=W.R. Dancey;35731]Hi all,

The new bills are H.R. 1248 and S. 1717, correct?
[/QUOTE]


You are correct. Here are links to each:


[url]https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/1248[/url]


[url]https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/1717[/url]



Jim

David Dewey 06-21-2016 08:49 PM

Time is running out!
 
There are fewer than 51 days left in this session. Do try to get all your acquaintances to write or call. Don't let ACLs $130,000+ financed opposition win!! (again!)

Frank X. Prudent 06-22-2016 12:17 PM

Once again I called Rep. Sanford's office, whom is on the House Sub-committee where HR1248 has been roosting since last year, and Senators Scott's and Graham's offices about S 1717. Hopefully, during the remaining days on Congress' calendar something will be done!

Judy Patsch 06-22-2016 05:22 PM

Think what you posted...
 
[QUOTE=David Dewey;35734]There are fewer than 51 days left in this session. Do try to get all your acquaintances to write or call. Don't let ACLs $130,000+ financed opposition win!! (again!)[/QUOTE]

If ACL is spending $130,000+ to oppose the bill, don't you really want to know how much the DQ Company has spend to [U]support[/U] it???? If that answer is $0, do you really think DQ fans' letters (without money in them) will overrule the professional lobbying effort? I don't want to hear the same old, same old they are working behind the scenes and don't want to reveal their strategy stories. How much have the DQ owners invested in [I]professional[/I] lobbying efforts? Jo Ann, David, and other loyal foot soldiers in this battle - doesn't it bother you the least little bit that NO dollar amount has ever been admitted to being given to the cause by the owners?????? You're good with just an occasional bone thrown of a we're working very hard behind the scenes statement??????????????????

Frank X. Prudent 06-23-2016 12:04 AM

[QUOTE=Judy Patsch;35736]...doesn't it bother you the least little bit that NO dollar amount has ever been admitted to being given to the cause by the owners?????? You're good with just an occasional bone thrown of a we're working very hard behind the scenes statement??????????????????[/QUOTE]


That really is an unfair statement. During February, 2015 someone had to write a good check to purchase the boat for the cause. If that check wasn't written, there's a darn good chance the Old Gal would have been broken up by now. Also I rather imagine that the owners of the property where she is currently tied up expect to get their check for moorage each month. That payment is for the cause. God only knows what sort of taxes have to be paid on an 89 year old steamboat for the cause. And there is property in Kimmswick that has to be maintained for the cause. I'm pretty sure there are plenty of other costs for the cause that must be paid for the boat to be just in existence another day!

The problem isn't with the owners of the DQ; the problem rest squarely on the shoulders of a broken political system in Washington, DC! And until each American of legal age goes to the voting polls our politicians are more beholden to the fat cat lobbyists than to We the People. Today when I called Senator Scott's office despite having called before about S 1717 I wasn't even in their database of previous callers. I am a bit surprised that the hapless staffer even mentioned that fact. He assured me though that he did indeed register that call, but the fact remains that this constituent didn't even make a blip that first call. We deserve better!

Judy Patsch 06-23-2016 03:37 AM

The cause
 
The cause to which I was referring was the lobbying effort. I know the owners have spent on all those things you mentioned, obviously.

Russ Ryle 06-23-2016 08:15 AM

re: What we can all do to facilitate the next positive steps forward
 
Morning all,

Let us all write the owners of the DQ and thank them for saving our beloved boat and ask them what we can do as a community to further their success.

Friends, we have been given a most precious gift by the new ownership group - the gift of time.

How will the next chapter in the "Journey of the Delta Queen" unfold?

Best regards,

Russ Ryle

Jim Reising 06-23-2016 06:17 PM

I really don't understand something which is Rep. Chabot of Cincinnati introduced the exemption bill in the last congress and in this one. I remember reading that he wanted to bring her majesty and the resulting jobs home to Cincinnati. Then the powers that be in the DQSC chose Kimmswick, Mo. as the homeport. If the boat ever had a true friend in Congress it was Rep. Chabot. If I were him, I know I wouldn't give the DQSC the time of day nor would I lift a finger to try to get the bill out of committee. What are the Missouri Congressmen and Senators doing?
Who is going to introduce the exemption bill in the next session of Congress?


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