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Friday
Nov062009

NRLC - "The Hill": abortion debate rages in U.S. House 

The Hill (a newspaper of Capitol Hill)
11/04/09, 08:42 PM ET
 
http://thehill.com/homenews/house/66457-saturday-health-vote

Dems tackle hot-button issues before Saturday healthcare vote

By Mike Soraghan

The House is headed toward a rare Saturday evening vote as Democratic leaders scramble to placate party factions threatening to defeat the healthcare bill over hot button issues such as spending, immigration and abortion.

Meanwhile, AARP is poised to formally endorse the House healthcare bill, according to the AP. The endorsement would be a huge boost to the legislation and would come six years after consumer group infuriated Democrats by backing President George W. Bush’s Medicare prescription drug measure.

House Rules Committee Chairwoman Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) said she expects the voting to either conclude by 6 p.m. Saturday, or start at 6 p.m., meaning voting would be over around 7 p.m.

The timing means fewer people are likely to see the vote live, but will make it into Sunday papers and dominate the political talk shows. Some members noted that the debate will conflict with the Jewish Sabbath.[….]

Click on Link above for full story.

 
Friday
Nov062009

NRLC: Pelosi-Ellsworth ploy means federal funding of abortion

National Right to Life Statement

on latest pro-abortion ploy by U.S. House Democratic Leadership

WASHINGTON (November 4, 2009, 7 PM EST) – The House Democratic leadership today announced that it will propose a "Rule" on the health care bill, H.R. 3962, that will insert language proposed by Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-In.), and exclude a House vote on an amendment proposed by Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mi.).  The House is expected to vote on the "rule" late Friday or early Saturday.  The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of right-to-life organizations in all 50 states, supports the Stupak Amendment and opposes the pro-abortion Ellsworth-Waxman-Pelosi language.  NRLC issued the following statement, which may be attributed to NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson.

"Any House member who votes for the Pelosi rule is voting to establish a federal government insurance plan, the public option, that the bill explicitly authorizes to pay for all elective abortions.  When a federal agency pays for abortions, that is federal funding of abortion in reality, whatever contrived labels Speaker Pelosi or her acolytes slap over it.  The Ellsworth language is a political fig leaf made out of cellophane -- it directs the federal Secretary of Health to hire a contractor to deliver to abortion providers the payments for elective abortions, payments that are explicitly authorized by the bill [on page 110].  This is a money-laundering scheme -- a federally funded 'bag man' will deliver government funds to abortionists.  This is federal funding of elective abortion."

NRLC's objections to the abortion-related provisions of H.R. 3962 are explained in detail in a letter sent to House members on November 2, posted here (or in PDF format, here).

Additional documentation is posted at http://www.nrlc.org/ahc

 

Friday
Nov062009

Shea-Porter's Resolution Recognizing World Pneumonia Day Passes House 

WASHINGTON, DC —Today, the House of Representatives passed Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter’s resolution recognizing World Pneumonia Day.  The world’s leading killer of children, pneumonia is under noticed, underfunded, and undertreated.  The disease kills 4 million people each year -- 2 million of them children.  It takes the lives of more children under the age of five than measles, malaria, and AIDS combined.  Every 15 seconds, a child dies of pneumonia.

Last night, Congresswoman Shea-Porter spoke on the House floor on this issue.  You may view the floor speech here.   

A full copy of the Congresswoman’s remarks are below. 

Remarks of Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter

H.Res. 863, Recognizing World Pneumonia Day

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Thank you, M. Speaker.  I would like to thank Chairman Berman and Ranking Member Ros-Lehtinen and their staffs for their support and work on this resolution.  It is important for the House of Representatives to recognize the devastating toll that pneumonia takes on children across the world, and I am proud that we are considering this resolution today.

Yesterday marked the first annual World Pneumonia Day.  Almost 100 global health organizations joined together to bring awareness to this terrible disease. 

The world’s leading killer of children, pneumonia is under noticed, underfunded, and undertreated.  The disease kills 4 million people each year -- 2 million of them children.  It takes the lives of more children under the age of five than measles, malaria, and AIDS combined.  Every 15 seconds, a child dies of pneumonia.

The horror of this disease is that it is so preventable and treatable.  Consider these facts:

Studies in developing countries indicate that only one in four caregivers know the two key symptoms of pneumonia – fast and difficult breathing.  This leads to pneumonia going untreated, which is deadly. 

Fewer than 1/3 of the children who develop pneumonia receive the antibiotics they need to fight the illness, even though those antibiotics are available for less than $1.

Half the cases of pneumonia that occur could be prevented by ensuring that these children have access to the vaccines they need.

M. Speaker, these facts paint a bleak picture.  Millions of lives are being lost every year when they could be saved.  They could be saved by international cooperation to educate and train caregivers.  They could be saved if people could just have access to the vaccines and medicines they need.

My resolution affirms this body’s commitment to saving these lives by supporting programs that focus on the protection, prevention, and treatment of pneumonia.  It commends the health professionals across the globe, who every day work in the world’s poorest countries to treat and care for the victims of pneumonia.  And it reaffirms the United States’ commitment to reducing child mortality.

Finally, this resolution recognizes World Pneumonia Day.  In doing so, the House of Representatives joins with the dozens of global health organizations working to raise the awareness of this disease and to focus resources on protection, prevention, and treatment.

M. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to recognize the millions of lives that are lost ever year because of pneumonia.  I urge my colleagues to encourage that international cooperation and resources be focused on combating this disease.  Millions of lives can and should be saved.  I urge my colleagues to support this resolution.

Thank you.  I yield back.

 

Friday
Nov062009

ALG to Moderate Democrats on Public Option: "Abandon Ship-or Prepare to Dive" 

"It's time for moderate and conservative Democrats in Congress to abandon

ship if they want to keep their jobs.  The American people do not want

more government; they are trying desperately to get government off their

backs and out of their pockets."ALG President Bill Wilson.

November 4th, 2009, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today urged members of the House Democrat Blue Dog coalition and other vulnerable members to "read the tea leaves and abandon the Hard Left's attempt to take over the nation's entire health care system."

"Last night's overwhelming election results leave vulnerable members in the majority in a tight spot," said Wilson.  "Do they want to be wiped out politically to help Barack Obama foist his unwanted agenda on the American people? Or will they abandon ship?"

Already, on Capitol Hill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is indicating he may delay final votes on Democrats' $2.1 trillion "public option" until 2010.  But, Wilson argues, "That will make gathering the votes among vulnerable members all the more difficult as voter concerns increasingly shift to unemployment, the national debt, and the sinking dollar."

Wilson asked of Congressional leadership, "Why, if exit polls show voter anxiety over the state of the economy, jobs, excessive government spending and taxes, is Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid focused on taking over health care and expanding government?"

"Congress is out of step with the American people," Wilson said.

According to ABC News, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid remain committed to holding votes on the "public option" before Christmas.  On October 27th, Pelosi said, "I am absolutely confident that we are going to get health care done by the end of this year, and Nancy Pelosi is just as confident."

Said Reid spokesman Jim Manley, "Our goals remain unchanged.  We want to get health insurance reform done this year, and we have unprecedented momentum to achieve that."

Today, according to Congressional Quarterly, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, Chair of the House Rules committee said a House vote would occur on Saturday, November 7th, with floor debate beginning on Friday. 

But, reports ABC, Congressional Democrats may be reconsidering their strategy.  A senior Democrat aide said "Getting this done by the by the end of the year is a no-go," which was confirmed to ABC by two other key Congressional Democrats, indicating disagreement about how to proceed.

"Pelosi and Reid still don't have the votes," Wilson explained.  "Every time they put off the floor votes, they show their hand—and right now they are saying that they need more time to twist arms and make deals."

"But for vulnerable members of the Democrat caucus, Pelosi and Reid cannot protect them from an overwhelming public wave of dissatisfaction with government, which never favors the incumbent party," said Wilson. 

"ObamaCare could be the biggest casualty of public outrage with big government," Wilson said.

According to Rasmussen Reports, 54 percent of voters oppose the "public option" proposed, which only 42 percent support.

"It's time for moderate and conservative Democrats in Congress to abandon ship if they want to keep their jobs.  The American people do not want more government; they are trying desperately to get government off their backs and out of their pockets," Wilson concluded.

 

 
Thursday
Nov052009

WNO - Video: Rep. Mike Pence Calls Health Bill A Freight Train Of Bureaucracy And Taxes

*** WNO SOUNDBITE ADVISORY ***

 

Video: Rep. Mike Pence Calls Health Bill A Freight Train Of


Bureaucracy And Taxes

 


"The Pelosi Health Care Bill has emerged, and it's just another version of their government run health insurance plan that's a freight train of bureaucracy and mandates and taxes. And it's just exactly the opposite of what the American people are clamoring for on health care."

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7X6ZA8dpRg

 

Who: Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN)

What: Exclusive interview regarding health care.

When: Wednesday, November 04, 2009

 

Pence Soundbite #1: Members Should Enroll In Public Option If They Vote For It.

 

"I think if Members of Congress are going to set into motion government run insurance that will lead to a government takeover of health care and could cause tens of millions of Americans to lose the health insurance they have and end up in a public plan; then I think any Member of Congress that votes for that ought to also agree to sign up for the public option themselves."

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvZwpaJkLFg

 

Pence Soundbite #2: Health Bill Created Behind Closed Doors.

 

"I'm very disappointed that there has not been more bipartisanship. I'm also disappointed that there has not been more transparency …  the very idea that all the negotiations this fall have taken place behind closed doors without anyone from the other party involved only to lurch forward today with votes expected next week I think is disappointing to millions of Americans."

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdKK8OgHbO8


Length of Full Interview: 2:29

Click for full video file: http://washingtonnewsobserver.com/?p=223