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News Specialist Kimberly Houk reporting The letter starts out thanking members of Congress for working hard to pass the Amber Alert Legislation. Legislation, Ed Smart says, is vital to finding missing children.
"I wish to apologize to anyone who was offended by my excitement last week. You cannot comprehend the joy and adulation of having your child return," Ed Smart wrote.
The apology may have been aimed mainly at House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner for trying to include the Amber Alert into a broader bill with other child protection measures, measures the Senate is likely to reject.
Smart is pleading with Congress to let the Amber Alert stand alone. He says it would have a better chance of passing.
In the letter the Smart family wrote, Elizabeth jumped on board to help after viewing a videotape about the Amber Alert in her father's office.
The letter reads, "After watching the coverage... Elizabeth asked why the legislation has not passed when it saves so many children's lives."
The letter wraps with another plea from Ed Smart for passage of the legislation.
"As you know, I can't express enough how our children can't wait another day for the National Amber Alert to be signed into law by President Bush. Please, please, please pass the stand alone Amber Alert legislation NOW," Smart writes.