Usually when one thinks of recess you think of schoolchildren getting a break to play during the school day. Recess is also the word Congress uses when they take a long time period off (usually traveling on the taxpayers dime!) Dictionary.com defines recess as temporary withdrawal or cessation from the usual work or activity. Considering the type of activity currently going on in our Nations Capitol, I can think of a whole host of Members of Congress who deserve Detention when they return to Washington, D.C.!

Here is a list of pending topics that your Representative and Senators need to hear from you about:

Hate crimes: The House of Representatives voted favorably for the bill and currently it sits in the Senate. Additionally Sen. Kennedy has his own bill and Sens. Kennedy and Smith introduced an amendment (which included full text of their hate crimes bill) to the Defense Bill. The Defense Bill and any amendments to it will be debated when the Senate returns in September.

Judges: Judge Southwick has been voted out successfully from committee but now awaits a floor vote - still tied up in committee or on the floor is over a dozen qualified candidates. Senators need to hear from you that these candidates deserve a fair up or down vote. Judicial nominees should be judged on their ability to judge not be lost to partisan politics.

Abstinence: The S-Chip bill in the House gutted one of the largest abstinence funding streams and the other large funding stream expires this fall. Contact your Representatives and Senators to protect this vital educational tool for children and to not let the money go to abortion organizations like Planned Parenthood!

Embryonic stem-cells experimentation: After passing both the Senate and the House and then rightly vetoed by President Bush, the Senate now plans to vote to override the President veto - as it stands right now we have enough votes in the Senate to protect the veto but it is close. Additionally, Senator Specter and Harkin attached ESC expansion to the Labor Appropriations bill. Contact your Senator to vote against this deadly experimentation and for actual life saving ethical research like stem cell and cord blood stem cell research.

ENDA: The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is misleadingly referred to as a logical extension of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. H.R. 2015 is a radical transformation of workplace discrimination law. It would grant special consideration on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity that would not be extended to other employees in the workplace. ENDA is a one size fits all solution to alleged discrimination that erases all marriage-based distinctions. It grants special rights to homosexuals while ignoring those of employers. The federal government should not force private businesses to abandon their moral principles. Contact your Representatives and Senators to vote against this legislation when it comes up for a vote.

Fake pro-life bills: The Democratic Leadership will start pushing these more in an attempt to co-opt the strong pro-life tendencies of the American people. Supporters of these bills say that they will reduce abortions but instead they increase funding to Planned Parenthood and seek to get government funding for Plan B (which the manufacturer agrees is a “sometimes abortifacient”)

Education: No Child Left Behind is up for re-authorization, within that bill we will seek to continue and expand protections for home schooled and private schooled kids and to return power locally where it belongs. We also support the alternative by Sen. Jim DeMint and John Cornyn that removes federal control from education

Pro-Life Riders: The House and Senate Foreign Operations spending bills undermine the pro-life Mexico City policy, which prevents funding for international groups that perform abortions. The Senate bill also gives money to international groups that support coercive abortion and sterilization programs.

Find out how to contact your Member of Congress here.