September 26, 2008
House of Representatives Republican Leader John Boehner Announces That House Republican Whip Will Represent the House Republicans During Ongoing Economic Discussions
Today, the leader of the Republicans in the United States House of Representatives announced that the House Republican Whip, Roy Blunt from Missouri, will represent the interests of the Republicans in the House (whose views on the solutions to our current economic crisis are supported by the overwhelming majority of the American people.)
The American people and the Republicans in the House of Representatives do not want bailouts for the incompent executives and their companies on Wall Street or elsewhere; they do not want these executives being compensated for failure; the 93% of the American people who pay their mortgage payments on time do not want the irresponsible 7% who are not paying their mortgages to get a bail-out because they bought McMansions or were not in a financial position to afford a house in the first place.
Thankfully, the House Republicans such as Minority Leader Boehner and Congressman Blunt and fiscally-conservative Senators such as Richard Shelby, R-AL; Jim Bunning, R-KY, Jim DeMint, R-SC, Tom Coburn, R-OK rejected the terrible bailout bill -- to benefit the very greedy and incompetent people who got America into this financial mess in the first place -- which was being considered by left-wing Democrats and indeed some Republicans on Thursday morning.
House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement on ongoing economic discussions: "As bipartisan economic talks continue today, I have asked House Republican Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO) to represent the interests of House Republicans during the discussions. House Republicans continue to support a plan that will protect the interests of families, seniors, small businesses, and taxpayers.â€
This Sunday, September 28th, is Pulpit Freedom Sunday; Pastors Will Use Their First Amendment Constitutional Rights to Preach About Presidential Candidates, Their Positions on Issues and Actually Endorse Candidates from Their Pulpits
In just 2 days, clergy in some 35 churches all over America, will exercise their First Amendment rights and speak about specific presidential candidates, about their stances on important pro-family issues such as abortion and the need to uphold traditional marriage between one man and one woman and other similar topics, and will make recommendations on who to vote for right from their pulpits.
American clergy have been bullied by left-wing groups for over 50 years since Senator Lyndon Baines Johnson passed his amendment in 1954 to silence America's clergy about candidates from their pulpits, mainly to get even with his political foes and to gain an advantage in his election. The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) has been working tirelessly on this issue for years.
This Sunday, September 28, 2008, is Pulpit Freedom Sunday, organized by ADF. On that Sunday, participating pastors will deliver Scripture-based sermons from the pulpits of their churches comparing and contrasting the differing positions of the presidential candidates in light of Scripture.
The ADF said: "Churches have too long feared the loss of tax exempt status arising from speech in the pulpit about candidates for office. Rather than risk confrontation, pastors have self-censored their speech, ignoring blatant immorality in government and foregoing the opportunities to praise moral government leaders. Pastors who long to be relevant to society, to preach the Gospel in a way that has meaning in modern America, must studiously ignore much that goes on in every tumultuous election season lest they draw attention of the IRS."
U.S. Senate Votes for Extension of President Bush's 2001 and 2003 Tax Cuts; U.S. House Approves Pro-life Provisions in Continuing Resolution for Fiscal Year 2009
The pro-family movement won victories in both the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives this week. On Tuesday, the Senate passed -- by a margin of 93-2 -- a giant tax package which saves more than 20 million taxpayers from having to pay the so-called alternative minimum tax. President George W. Bush has been trying all during his administration to make permanent his 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for American families, but a liberal majority in Congress have prevented these tax cuts from being made permanent.
Even liberal Democrat, Senator Max Baucus, the Senate Finance Committee Chairman from Montana, said that since the economy is struggling, "At times like these, Americans need tax cuts that they've come to count on, that can help them get by." Unfortunately, his party compatriots have been playing politics with these tax cuts and the Bush tax cuts are ALL set to expire in 2010.
On the other side of the U.S. Capitol Building, the bipartisan Congressional House Prolife Caucus reported that when the United States House of Representatives passed the Continuing Resolution (CR) for FY2009 on Wednesday, the pro-life provisions contained in the FY2008 Appropriations bills were all included in the final bill. This is a great victory for the pro-life movement since the 110th Congress is controlled by the Democrats and the majority of Members in the House of Representatives are pro-abortion. The House passed the continuing resolution by a margin of 370-38. The Senate as of Wednesday night had not yet scheduled floor time for consideration of the continuing resolution to keep the government funded until spring of next year.
The House Prolife Caucus also reported that under the normal appropriations process, each appropriation bill would contain a listing of every pro-life rider. However, since this bill carries forward from last year any policy or funding level not specifically altered in the bill, pro-life riders are retained unless language is included to undermine them. No such language has been identified, so the pro-life policies and â€œridersâ€ as contained in the FY08 appropriation bills are intact. The House Prolife Caucus is to be commended for all its hard work in keeping the prolife provisions in such a challenging atmosphere.
ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES!
Senators Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and Sam Brownback, (R-KS) deserve praise for getting the United States Congress to pass their "Prenatally and Postnatally Diag.Cond. Awareness Act." The 110th Congress is noted for what it has not accomplished. In fact, it has been so unsuccessful in attending to the business of the American people, that it has a record-low 12% approval rating. However, just weeks before the November election, these two Senators on the opposite ends of the political spectrum worked together and got a wonderful bill passed last Tuesday.
Senators Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA,) who is inflicted with a brain tumor, celebrated Senate passage of the "Prenatally and Postnatally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act." The Kennedy/Brownback legislation would require that families who receive a diagnosis of Down syndrome or any other condition, pre-natally or up until a year after birth, be given up-to-date information about the nature of the condition and connection with support services and networks that could offer assistance.
Senator Brownback, the Chairman of the conservative Senate Values Action Team said following passage of the Kennedy/Brownback bill: "I am very pleased that the legislation co-sponsored by Sen. Kennedy and me passed the Senate. This bill will greatly benefit expecting parents who receive the sometimes overwhelming news that their unborn child may be born with a disability. This legislation will provide parents with current and reliable information about the many options available for caring for children with disabilities.â€
Senator Brownback also said that the "Prenatally and Postnatally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act" would provide for the expansion and further development of a national clearinghouse on information for parents of children with disabilities, so that the clearinghouse would be better equipped to assist parents whose children have recently been pre- or post-natally diagnosed. The bill also provides for the expansion and further development of national and local peer-support programs. The bill also calls for the creation of a national registry of families willing to adopt children with pre- or post-natally diagnosed conditions.
â€œOne of the hardest moments in the life of an expectant mother is when she receives news that she is going to have a child with special needs,â€ said Melissa Wagoner, spokeswoman for Senator Kennedy. â€œAccess to the best support and information about the condition, and the quality of life for a child born with that condition, can make all the difference to a woman trying to make an informed and difficult decision. Senator Kennedy believes this kind of support is a vital element to strengthening a true culture of life in America.â€
Currently, 90 percent of children pre-natally diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted. That percentage is similar for children pre-natally diagnosed with other conditions such as spina bifida, cystic fibrosis and dwarfism. Americans are encouraged to call their Congressmen at 202-225-3121 to ask them to urge the leadership in the House of Representatives to schedule a vote on the "Prenatally and Postnatally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act" (S. 1810) so that President George W. Bush may sign that bill as one of his final pieces of legislation signed during his 8-year administration.
Some Senate Democrats Trying to Get Even More Money for Contraceptives for the Abominable Planned Parenthood Whose Abortion Chambers Kill Hundreds of Thousands of Unborn Children Each Year
Pro-abortion Senate Democrats are trying to reward one of the most abominable organizations in America, Planned Parenthood, founded by racist Margaret Sanger, which already receives close to a half-billion dollars each year of American tax dollars. The House passed a continuing resolution by 370-38 earlier this week to keep the federal government funded through next year. Senate Democrats are trying to include language in the House-passed continuing resolution to provide funding for contraceptives for Planned Parenthood.
These pro-abortion Democrats want Planned Parenthood and other abortionists to acquire and sell reduced-price drugs on university and college campuses. This provision would provide these family planners with access to the Nominal Price Exception rule in Medicaid law, which is intended to help provide low-income populations with access to necessary drugs. This carve-out would benefit Planned Parenthood (which reported $1 billion in annual revenue and a $115 million surplus last year) and others in the abortion business in the purchase and ease of distribution of harmful drugs like Plan B (also known as the Morning-After Pill) to college students.
This provision, which resembles the thrust of S.2347 introduced by Senator Obama, was earlier inserted in the Senate-passed War Supplemental Appropriations bill, but was successfully removed in the House, and was also added to the Senate Appropriations Committee-passed Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill.
On Monday, the United States Senate unanimously passed an outstanding bipartisan adoption bill called the "Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008" and sent the bill to President George W. Bush for his signature. The bill passed in the United States House of Representatives on September 17th.
The National Council For Adoption (NCFA) worked hard to pass this bill which will result in increasing adoptions in America. The President and Chief Executive Officer of the NCFA, Tom Atwood, said: "This is the most significant legislation relating to adoption and foster care since the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997. It provides for a wide array of reforms to benefit children and their interest in adoption...."
Christian Coalition Activists Need to Encourage 110th Congress to Pass Both "Net Neutrality" and "Multicast-Equal Access" Legislation to Prevent Discrimination Against Religious Broadcasters - Democrat-controlled Congress Expected to Pass "Net Neutrality"
"Multicast/Equal Access" (formerly called "Multicast/Must-carry") will go a long way to preventing discrimination against religious broadcasters. Without a "Multicast/Equal Access" law, the cable and satellite companies would probably not add new Christian channels and the influence of current Christian channels will be diluted.
ACTION ITEM: Please all your Congressman at 202-225-3121 or you can go visit our Contact Your Elected Officials area of our website to urge your Representatives to co-sponsor the Net Neutrality legislation introduced by Republican Congressman Charles "Chip" Pickering and Democrat Congressman Edward Markey called the "Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2008," H.R. 5353.
Please keep the above issues in prayer. Through prayer and action great and mighty things can be accomplished.
Psalm 33:12 â€œBlessed is the nation whose God is the Lordâ€¦â€
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