Washington Weekly Review

September 19, 2014

Senator Portman's Iraqi Christians Resolution Condemning ISIS Passes Senate


Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) announced that his resolution (S. Res. 530) condemning the violence and persecution of Iraqi Christians and other religious minorities by ISIS passed the Senate. The resolution, authored by Portman and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), urges the President to reaffirm America's commitment to religious liberty by leading an international effort to provide safety for refugees fleeing persecution, ensuring timely processing of visa applications from religious minorities, and working with the Iraqi government to strengthen protections for religious minorities.

"The United States must stand up for religious freedom not only at home, but also in regions of the world experiencing turmoil like the Middle East," Portman stated. "As we execute the U.S. strategy to defeat ISIS, it's important that we stand up and say we will not tolerate targeted violence against Christians, Yazidis, or any other religious minority in Iraq and that terrorists committing these brutal acts must be stopped"... (READ MORE)

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Official statement from Democratic Congressman Dan Lipinski in reaction to the GAO’s new report on abortion coverage in the Affordable Care Act

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) is reacting to the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) new report on abortion coverage in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The report shows that taxpayer dollars are currently going to pay for over one thousand health insurance plans that include abortion. 

Official statement from Rep. Lipinski:

“Under the Hyde Amendment, which has been included in every government funding bill for more than two decades, no federal taxpayer dollars are to be spent for abortions or health care plans that cover abortion, except in cases of rape, incest, or threat to the mother’s life.  Despite my fight to include similar language in the ACA, an accounting gimmick was inserted into the bill instead to try to alleviate the concerns of the large majority of Americans who oppose their tax dollars paying for abortion.  This gimmick required health insurers to create a separate fund to pay for abortions and no taxpayer dollars were to go into that fund.  Instead, every enrollee in a plan was to pay their own money into that fund"... (READ MORE)

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Nonpartisan, Independent Watchdog Demonstrates Obamacare Uses Taxpayer Dollars for Abortion Coverage

A new report prepared by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) demonstrates that, despite the president’s clear promise, taxpayer dollars are being spent on abortion plans under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Just over five years ago, President Obama stood before a joint session of Congress and declared to the American people, “under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place.” But the GAO report confirms that the administration is failing to uphold its promise. The independent watchdog found that the health law’s accounting gimmick is not being enforced and more than one thousand plans available on the health insurance exchanges cover abortion on demand. Additionally, the GAO found that information about abortion coverage for plans available on the exchanges is not uniformly available to consumers... (READ MORE)

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Congressional Prayer Caucus Co-Chairman Forbes: My dad taught me these 3 valuable things

Sometimes the best advice doesn't come from a book, from a microphone, from behind a desk in Washington, or even from people who are leaders in their field. Sometimes the best life lessons are found deep in the roots of where we came from. My dad passed away years ago, but I carry with me the lessons he taught me. Three in particular shape my perspective day after day:

Little things make big things happen. Back when I was young, I remember we needed to build a new shed. Those were the days before stores like Home Depot or Lowes existed. Brand new lumber was expensive, so folks often reused materials that others in the community didn't need. That summer, Dad and I used the boards from an old abandoned barn – pulling them down one by one, ripping out the nails, and taking off the tin and straightening it to reuse. We hauled our supplies back to the house and got to work. I don’t know how much of a help I really was, but I chose to stay beside Dad the entire time working alongside him... (READ MORE)

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