Press Releases



NRLC - Update on Fight to Defeat Pro-Abortion Senate Health Care Bill 



WASHINGTON -- In a significant development this week, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) made it clear that the House Democratic Leadership will force a vote soon on the Senate-passed health bill (H.R. 3590), including multiple abortion-related provisions strongly opposed by the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) and other pro-life organizations, and will not include pro-life language in any followup legislation.

In addition, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) intends to go forward on the basis, reportedly articulated by the Senate parliamentarian, that H.R. 3590 must be enacted into law before the Senate can consider any followup bill under fast-track "reconciliation" procedures.  The Washington Post reported (March 13), "Pelosi shrugged off the ruling, accepting that the Senate bill would have to move first, and independently.  'It isn't going to make any difference except maybe in the mood that people are in,' she said Friday.  'The fact is that once we pass it [H.R. 3590] in the House, it's going to be the law of the land."

House members have received a March 5 memorandum from NRLC, posted here, which summarizes NRLC substantive objections to multiple provisions of the Senate bill, and sketches the political implications of the upcoming roll call.  NRLC said in part:  "When all of the pro-abortion provisions are considered in total, the Senate bill is the most pro-abortion single piece of legislation that has ever come to the House floor for a vote, since Roe v. Wade.  Any House member who votes for the Senate health bill is casting a career-defining pro-abortion vote.  A House member who votes for the Senate bill would forfeit a plausible claim to pro-life credentials.  No House member who votes for the Senate bill will be regarded, in the future, as having a record against federal funding of abortion.  All of those statements are true regardless of how many assurances or denials are disseminated by President Obama or by Speaker Pelosi, both of whom have sought throughout their political careers to undermine limits on government funding of abortion.  House members who vote for the Senate bill will be accountable to their constituents for what the Senate bill contains."

On March 6, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops disseminated to congressional offices a four-page memorandum titled, "What's Wrong With the Senate Health Care Bill on Abortion?  A Response to Professor Jost."  This memorandum is a concise and cogent rebuttal to one recent tendentious attempt to minimize the multiple ways in which the Senate bill departs, in the pro-abortion direction, from the principles of current law and from the substance of the abortion-related provisions adopted by the House last year (especially the Stupak-Pitts Amendment).  The memo explains how provisions of the Senate bill would result in direct federal funding of elective abortions, federal subsidies for plans that cover elective abortions (including some federally administered plans), and authority for federal officials to mandate inclusion of abortion coverage in private plans.  It also notes that the Senate bill lacks the vital abortion nondiscrimination language (the so-called "Weldon" provision) found in the House-passed health bill.  The USCCB memo is posted here.

On March 11, the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention issued a national alert, urging citizens to contact their representatives in the House to urge the defeat of the Senate bill.

The results of polls conducted very recently in 12 congressional districts by the polling companyTM, inc./WomanTrend, dealing with the abortion-related aspects of the health care debate, are posted here.

Additional resources on the abortion-related controversies surrounding H.R. 3590 are posted on the NRLC website here.  


Chris Sununu Press Release: Stop the Salem Toll Booth 

Voters deserve better than a rubber stamp; Toll booth will kill retail economy and job growth

EXETER – Today, Chris Sununu, Republican candidate for New Hampshire’s District 3 Executive Council seat, issued the following statement:
“Interstate 93 is the economic artery to the state, and clogging it up with a toll booth in Salem will simply destroy the state’s retail economy and kill job growth.  Councilor Hollingworth and Governor Lynch have shown no leadership on this issue and are hiding behind unelected DOT bureaucrats who have taken control of the process.
“As an Executive Councilor, I will stand up for my constituents and carry their concerns directly to the Governor. I will stop any attempt to erect a toll both in Salem when I am on the Council.  
“Bev Hollingworth has acquiesced at every stage of this process.  District 3 voters deserve better than a rubber stamp for the Governor and his agency bureaucrats.  
“I commend John Stephen for taking a stand against this ill-conceived plan, and I appreciate his shining a light on the lack of leadership in the corner office.”

New Hampshire’s Executive Council District 3 consists of the following cities and towns: Atkinson, Barrington, Brentwood, Chester, Danville, Dover, Durham, East Kingston, Epping, Exeter, Fremont, Greenland, Hampstead, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kensington, Kingston, Lee, Madbury, New Castle, Newfields, Newington, Newmarket, Newton, North Hampton, Nottingham, Plaistow, Portsmouth, Rye, Salem, Sandown, Seabrook, South Hampton, Stratham, and Windham.



NH DHHS Announces the Second Set of Results of Connecticut River Testing

Response to Tritium Leak at Vermont Yankee

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) today announces the results of the second round of samples taken of the water in the Connecticut River near the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant in Vernon, Vermont. The results for these nine samples, which were processed by the DHHS Public Health Lab and collected by the DHHS Emergency Services Unit, again showed that tritium levels were below 500 pCi/L, which is the lower limit of detection for the lab testing equipment. This is the same result for the nine first-round samples, the results of which were announced last week.

“These test results continue to confirm that tritium is not posing a public health threat in the Connecticut River,” said New Hampshire’s Public Health Director Dr. José Montero. “We will continue to monitor the situation, however, until the issue is resolved and we are sure there is no risk to the citizens of New Hampshire from the leak at Vermont Yankee.”

Both rounds of samples were collected from the Connecticut River above and below the Vermont Yankee Plant to test for tritium in response to the leak detected by Vermont Yankee officials back in January. Samples will be collected and tested on a weekly basis at least through the end of March. Five preliminary samples were also taken in February and all were below the 500 pCi/L level as well. Vermont Yankee officials continue to work to identify and fix the leak.

Tritium is one of the least dangerous radionuclides because it emits very weak radiation. It does not pose any hazard externally, but can pose an internal hazard if large quantities are ingested or inhaled. It is present naturally in low levels in the environment.

DHHS’ Division of Public Health Services routinely collects and analyzes hundreds of environmental samples each year around the 10-mile emergency planning zones of both VY and Seabrook Station nuclear power plants to monitor air, soil, ground and surface water, and plants. No radiation levels above what occurs naturally in the environment have been found.

For more information, please visit the Vermont Department of Health website at


CEI Weekly: CEI Argues Against Climate Change Policies

CEI Weekly

March 12, 2010 

>>CEI Against Climate Change Policy

>>On Tuesday, the two articles on the front page of the Washington Times' Commentary section were written by CEI analysts William Yeatman and Chris Horner, both criticizing proposed funding of green jobs by the Obama administration.

>>Additionally, CEI's Chris Horner also appeared on Fox's America's Newsroom, to debate the US' role in the IMF's Climate Fund which would pay for climate programs.

>>Shaping the Debate

Real Competition Among Health Plans

John Berlau and Jonathan Moore's article in the Politico

Avoid Land Grabs while Downsizing Detroit

Marc Scribner's article in the Detroit News

FCC Summit Pushes Broadband for all, Spending Unused Stimulus

Wayne Crews and Ryan Radia's citation in the Washington Examiner

DOE E-Mails To Wind Energy Lobbyists Cast Cloud Over Green Jobs Proposals

Chris Horner's citation in the Investor's Business Daily

>>Best of the Blogs

 Climate Alarm Declining - Gallup

by Marlo Lewis

Gallup’s annual update of Americans’ attitudes on things environmental found that 48% of Americans believe the seriousness of global warming is generally exaggerated, up from 41% in 2009, and 31% in 1997, when Gallup first posed the question.

The Hidden Costs of Health Care Reform: “Obamacare Is A Budgetary Disaster”

by Hans Bader

The health care bills backed by President Obama will cost $2.3 trillion, not the $900 billion Obama claims, and will be a “budgetary disaster” that drives up the national debt, explains health care expert James C. Capretta.  The Obama administration managed to hide $1.4 trillion in costs generated by the health care reform bill though a series of budgetary “gimmicks” that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is required to treat as valid in scoring the bill’s enormous cost.

Lagerfeld, Chanel - Jumping the Shark with Global Warming Fashion?

by Christine Hall

Did Karl Lagerfeld jump the shark with his fall-winter 2010-11 ready-to-wear collection for Chanel? The collection was described by the AP as global warming in theme, and subsequently scorned on Newsbusters.  The show featured icebergs reportedly flown in from Sweden (whoa! with the carbon footprint!) and some extreme costume elements - like an antler-and-ear headdress - that would only appeal as street-wear to a Lady Gaga or Bjork.  Ridiculous and unwearable?  Certainly. 

>>LibertyWeek Podcast

Episode 83: What Would Reagan Do?

Richard Morrison, Jeremy Lott and Marc Scribner collaborate to bring you episode 82. We cover the ever-growing deficit, the Reagan legacy, Cablevision v. ABC, the RNC’s fundraising strategy and David Paterson on scandal watch.

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AFP - Send Cong. Shea-Porter a Message at a Health Care Rally, March 16 

President Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi have made it clear they plan on using the nuclear method of “reconciliation” to ram health care through Congress in the next few weeks, regardless of how strongly the American people are against it.

Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter has stated that SHE will most likely support the bill.

We must let HER know that this vote is directly against the wishes of her constituents!

Join your fellow activists Tuesday at 6:00 PM as we have a "Hands Off My Health Care" rally to tell Congresswoman Shea-Porter to vote NO.

What: Rally Against the Congressional Healthcare Takeover
Where: Elks Club
41 Columbus Avenue
Rochester, NH
Date: Tuesday, March 16th
Time: 6:00 PM

Click here to register.

Speakers will discuss the impact this Congressional takeover of health care will have on both New Hampshire and the country. Bring signs calling on Carol Shea-Porter to vote against this Government takeover of health care!

The first 50 people to attend the event will receive a FREE “Hands off my Healthcare T-SHIRT!!!”

Light refreshments will be served.