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The Youth PROMISE Act added two new cosponsors in the US House of Representatives: Rep. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico's first district and Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin of South Dakota.

This brings the total number of cosponsors in the House to 234. You can see the complete listing on Thomas.gov and check whether or not your member of Congress is a cosponsor. If not, you can contact them through The Peace Alliance website and ask them to support this important legislation, which was introduced by Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA-03) and Congressman Mike Castle (R-DE-AL).

Although cosponsorship is no guarantee of an "Aye" vote when a bill hits the floor, it's still a powerful and important indicator of interest and support, and can help determine when a bill gets on the calendar for a full floor vote. As the bill describes it, the purpose of the Youth PROMISE Act is, "To provide for evidence-based and promising practices related to juvenile delinquency and criminal street gang activity prevention and intervention to help build individual, family, and community strength and resiliency to ensure that youth lead productive, safe, healthy, gang-free, and law-abiding lives. "

Companion legislation in the Senate, S435, which was introduced by Senators Robert Casey (D-PA) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME), currently has 12 cosponsors. That full list is also available at Thomas.gov and you can use the same Peace Alliance action page to contact Senators as Representatives.

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