The letter below is from Sen. Dianne Feinstein to a Vote Hemp supporter in reply to a letter asking her to support Sen. Ron Wyden's industrial hemp amendment to the Farm Bill.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
If you receive a reply from one of your elected representatives please email a copy of it to us at email@example.com. It will help with our lobbying efforts to know the contents of these letters. We will not publish your name or address and hold them in confidence.
July 24, 2012
Thank you for writing to express your support for Senator Wyden's (D-OR) industrial hemp amendment (S.A. 2220) to the "Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012" (S. 3240). I appreciate your taking the time to write, and I welcome the opportunity to respond.
The Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act makes significant investments in the nation's agricultural industry. It also makes vital reforms subsidy programs that we can no longer afford by ending certain subsidies, consolidating other agriculture programs, and cracking down on food assistance abuse. On June 21, 2012, the bill passed the Senate by a vote of 64-35, and it now awaits consideration hy the House of Representatives.
As you know, Senator Wyden filed Amendment 2220 to the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act. The Amendment would have changed the Controlled Substances Act (Public Law 91-513) to legalize the growing and processing of industrial hemp. Because the Amendment was considered to address a different subject maner than the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act, it was not brought up for a vote.
Again, thank you for writing. Knowing your views is important to me, and I will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind should I have the opportunity to consider legislation on this issue in the future. If you have any additional questions or comments, please feel free to call my office in Washington D.C. at (202) 224-3841, or visit my website at http://feinstein.seante.gov.
United States Senator
Further information about my position on issues of concern to California and the nation are available at my website, Feinstein.senate.gov. You can also receive electronic e-mail updates by subscribing to my e-mail list. Click here to sign up. And please visit my YouTube, Facebook and Twitter for more ways to communicate with me.