Saturday, January 31, 2009

Anti-Gun Deception On The Senate Floor

Friday, January 30, 2009

As we reported last week,
legislation to require a federal license to possess any detachable-magazine semi-automatic rifle or shotgun, or any handgun, has been introduced in Congress. Bills to re-impose the federal "assault weapon" and "large" magazine ban, or to impose a much broader ban, have been introduced in Congress since 2003, and will likely be introduced in the current Congress soon.

Already, the deliberate deceptions we heard from anti-gunners previously are resurfacing. Anti-gun Sen. Carl Levin, (D-Mich.), said Thursday on the floor of the Senate that "assault weapons" are "capable of firing up to 600 rounds per minute" and that they are "once again pervading our streets and neighborhoods."

Did we mention that our opponents are deliberately deceptive? [
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Congratulations To Michael Steele

I would have preferred Blackwell, but I am still excited to have Michael Steele. Let's hope he leads from the right.

Republican Party Picks Pro-Life Former Lt. Gov Michael Steele as New Chairman

by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 29, 2009

Washington, DC ( -- The national Republican Party has selected a new chairman who will become one of the main spokespeople standing up to President Barack Obama. Republican leaders chose pro-life former Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele as the new standard bearing, putting another African-American on the national political scene.

“This is awesome,” Steele told party members after his victory. “It is with a great deal of humility and a sense of service that I accept and appreciate and thank all of you for the opportunity to serve.” [
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Friday, January 30, 2009

Stop the "Stimulus" Spending Spree

NBC Rejects Pro-Life Super Bowl Ad Educating Viewers on Obama and Abortion

by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 29, 2009

Washington, DC ( -- NBC is coming under fire from pro-life advocates for rejecting a television commercial a pro-life group hoped to run during the Super Bowl. The ad shows a beautiful picture of an unborn child during an ultrasound and asks what would happen if President Barack Obama had been a victim of abortion.

The commercial, a popular one in recent weeks within the pro-life movement, is sponsored by the pro-life Catholic group Fidelis and its CatholicVote web site. [read more]

Catholic League News Release


On January 24, President Obama said, “I look forward to working with Congress to restore U.S. financial support for the U.N. Population Fund.” He pledged to do this “in the coming weeks,” maintaining that “It is time that we end the politicization of this [abortion] issue.”

Bill Donohue explains the Catholic League’s response:

“The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) claims that it is not pro-abortion. It says that it merely supports ‘reproductive rights.’ Not quite. Starting in 1979, in the first five years of China’s draconian one-child policy, UNFPA gave the program $50 million. To accomplish this goal over the years, which is still ongoing, IUDs have been forced into the wombs of hundreds of millions of women against their will. Indeed, no coercive method is considered taboo, including forced abortion. It was for reasons like these that in 2002 the U.S. State Department blasted China for its affront to human rights. Indeed, Secretary Colin Powell backed the Bush administration’s denial of funds to UNFPA.

“The one-child policy has abetted female infanticide, so much so that there has been a massive decrease in the female population—there are now an estimated 350 million girls missing from China. Other non-white areas of the world where UNFPA concentrates its efforts include Vietnam, Nigeria and Peru. But it can be multicultural: When the genocidal maniac from Serbia, Slobodan Milosevic, wanted to tame his people, he invited UNFPA to help reduce the population of Kosovo; he wasn’t unhappy with the results, nor, of course, the means.

“So here we have it. In the name of women’s rights, UNFPA undercuts women. In the name of eradicating poverty, it eradicates the poor. Moreover, it works closely with anti-Catholic groups. And now Obama wants us to bankroll UNFPA. During a recession, no less. To top things off, he is doing all of this in the name of ending the politicization of issues that he says marked previous administrations. The ironies are as endless as they are priceless.”

Susan A. Fani
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3394 (fax)


Mexico Supreme Court Will Hear Abortion Case on Pro-Life Baja Amendment

by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 29, 2009

Mexico City, Mexico ( -- The Mexico Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case involving a pro-abortion challenge to an amendment the state of Baja California has approved in its constitution. The amendment grants legal protection to unborn children from the moment of conception.

"An individual is granted legal protection from the moment in which they are conceived," Article 7 of the Baja California constitution now says. [read more]

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Restoring our Coast

January 27th, 2009 Posted by bobbyjindal

Dear Friends,

Restoring our Coast

When we took office last January, we made certain that a priority of this Administration would be to greatly increase our efforts to restore our coast and build up our hurricane and flood protection systems. Today we took a great step towards that goal in Southwest Louisiana.

The Governor’s Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority signed an agreement with Ducks Unlimited to restore and protect nearly 2,500 acres of coastal marshes in Cameron Parish. I was proud to join them today in Lake Charles, and in the next two years this public-private partnership will put more than $3.2 million towards the construction of nearly 250,000 feet of marsh terraces in Black Lake marsh and the adjacent West Hackberry Marsh.

These areas were seriously damaged by saltwater intrusion and wave action, largely from Hurricanes Rita and Ike. The new terraces will encourage plant growth, improve the quality of water, limit saltwater intrusion and break up waves that are a main cause of coastal erosion. The area is also vital to the protection of a natural habitat for ducks, geese and other animals that depend on these marshes for their survival. [
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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Brewer Calls Napolitano Out On Her Policies

It is refreshing to see some good coming out of all the chaos. Gov. Jan Brewer is setting her eyes on fixing Napolitano's oversized budget. This, of course, includes shrinking Arizona's deficit. She seems to get what governing is all about. Click here to read for yourself.

The Democrats Oversexed "Stimulus" Unfruitful

Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi thought they were going to sneak their Planned Parenthood agenda into the "stimulus" package, but failed. Since the only stimulation going on would not be in the economy Pelsi is taking it out this morning; apparently not willingly.

Update from the House Republican Study Committee (RSC)

RSC Update: Monday, January 26, 2009

From the Chairman
This week, the House of Representatives will consider the Democrats’ massive spending package, an $825 billion government giveaway that disguises special interest projects as economic stimulus. The bill is full of pork barrel spending, including money for contraceptives and planting grass on the National Mall. Even more alarming, however, is a provision buried deep in the bill that lays the groundwork for a massive government health care bureaucracy that will destroy the very foundation of quality health care – the doctor-patient relationship.

The bill provides $1.1 billion to implement the first step in creating a permanent government board prescribing a national uniform standard of health care. Instead of allowing medical choices to take place in the privacy of the doctors’ office, Democrats would put these decisions in the hands of Washington bureaucrats. The board may deny care to patients if it deems their course of treatment too expensive. Not only is this an assault on the doctor-patient relationship, but it sinks taxpayer money into a system that is incapable of providing high quality health care to the American people.

The RSC remains committed to promoting real solutions to our economic troubles. We continue to advocate for lowering taxes on the American people and reducing burdens on American businesses. Through the
RSC’s Economic Recovery Act, we pursue a solution that empowers our people and preserves our market-based economic system. Rather than creating a political economy where Washington chooses outcomes, there exists a real solution of which conservatives and Americans can be proud.

Rep. Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA)
Chairman, Republican Study Committee

RSC Media Activity
Every week, Republican Study Committee members work hard to ensure that the conservative viewpoint is well-represented in all corners of the media. With unbridled federal spending and the anniversary of Roe v. Wade among the many issues at the forefront, Republicans have been busy spreading their message.

Wichita Eagle: Recovery Will Require Hard Work, Cooperation
Rep. Jerry Moran (KS-01)
The focus at the beginning of 2009 will be on the economy. However, "business as usual" in Congress is to throw unnecessary spending, pork-barrel projects and everything else into legislation. Congress needs to work to fix the economy the right way, while not spending hastily. (
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Washington Times: Why I Choose Life
Rep. Mary Fallin (OK-05)

Americans have been debating abortion – often at fever pitch – for 36 years now without a clear resolution. It has become the litmus test of our times whenever a new Supreme Court justice is nominated. In ten presidential campaigns since 1972, candidates have been required to take an abortion position, and a significant number of voters on both ends of the life-choice spectrum cast ballots based largely on this one issue. (
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Washington Times: Restoring a Culture of Life
Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-04)

In spite of the makeup of Congress and our new President's stated position on the issue of life, we in the pro-life cause are full of hope and optimistic for change. Our optimism stems from our belief in the goodness of America. We understand, like our Founding Fathers understood, that we are endowed by our Creator with the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We understand that there is a basic goodness to our country, and although it may take some time, America will get it right. (
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RSC Legislative Activity
RSC members have made it a priority to introduce productive, conservative alternatives to the Democrats’ reckless agenda.

Rep. Jeff Flake (AZ-06)
Fights Earmarks with Letter to President Obama
Republican Congressman Jeff Flake sent a letter to President Obama applauding his insistence that the massive economic stimulus bill exclude earmarks. However, Rep. Flake said that efforts to make the spending process more accountable and transparent would be undermined if earmarks were included in the upcoming FY09 omnibus spending bill. (
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Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN-06)
Reintroduces Positive Alternative Act
As thousands of pro-life citizens from across the country came to Washington for the annual March for Life, Rep. Michele Bachmann re-introduced her pro-life initiative - the Positive Alternative Act. This legislation protects life and helps women in need by improving family services offered through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. (
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House Floor Activity
The following key legislation saw a vote on the House floor this week:

TARP Disapproval Resolution (
H.J.Res. 3)
This resolution, if enacted, would have denied the Treasury Department the second $350 billion installment of TARP bailout funds. Since the denial of funds requires active disapproval, a “YES” vote is a vote to end the TARP program and deny bailout funds. Passed 270-155, although TARP funds were released due to action taken in the Senate.

Money Monitor
Each week, the
RSC Money Monitor tracks how bills passed by the House affect authorizations, mandatory spending, and federal government revenue.

Mandatory Spending
Five-year change in mandatory spending passed by the House this week: $8.675 billion
Total five-year change in mandatory spending passed by the House this year: $48.075 billion

Five-year cost of authorizations passed in the House this week: $0
Total five-year cost of authorizations passed in the House this year: $20 million

Five-year change in revenue passed by the House this week: $0
Total five-year change in revenue passed by the House this year: $40.1 billion

House Republican Study Committee
Rep Tom Price, M.D., Chairman
Paul Teller, Executive DirectorBrad Watson, Policy DirectorNatalie Farr, Professional StaffEmily Henehan, Professional StaffBruce “Fez” Miller, Professional StaffJonathan Day, Director of Member Services and Business OutreachAlex Shively, Director of Conservative Coalitions and State OutreachBrendan Buck, Communications DirectorGreg Blair, Deputy Communications DirectorStefan Alvarez, Staff Assistant
424 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 226-9717

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Defends Abortion Industry Bailout in Stimulus Bill

by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 26, 2009

Washington, DC ( -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the leading Democrat in the House, is defending a decision to include a bailout of the abortion industry in the Congressional stimulus bill. The legislation now contains a provision that would send more government funds to the Planned Parenthood abortion business. [read more]

Pelosi Accused of Saying Children Hurt Economy in Defending Abortion Bailout

by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 26, 2009

Washington, DC ( -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is coming under heavy criticism today from those who say she implied children hurt the economy. Pelosi made the comments in an interview with ABC News over the weekend defending a decision to include a bailout for the abortion industry in the economic stimulus bill. [read more]

Catholic League News Release


Yesterday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that it was necessary to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on family planning services in order to stimulate the economy. Pelosi maintained that “contraception will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government.”

Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented as follows:

“Looks like the Democrats have abortion and contraception on the brain. Last week, President Barack Obama lifted restrictions on federal funds being used to promote and perform abortions overseas. Now we have Pelosi arguing that the way to balance the budget is not by cutting expenditures, but by cutting kids. Her comment matches up well with what Obama said during the presidential campaign about comprehensive sex education: speaking of his own daughters, he said that ‘if they make a mistake, I don’t want them
punished with a baby.’ (My emphasis.)

“We have reached a new low when high-ranking public office holders in the federal government cast children as the enemy. But at least it explains their enthusiasm for abortion-on-demand.”

Susan A. Fani
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3394 (fax)

Congressional Democrats Put Abortion Industry Funding in Economic Stimulus Bill

by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 26, 2009

Washington, DC ( -- On the heels of President Barack Obama overturning a policy to stop taxpayer dollars from going to pro-abortion groups to promote abortions overseas, Congressional Democrats have loaded down the economic stimulus bill to send taxpayer funds to domestic abortion groups.

The stimulus plan now includes a measure to send more public funds to the Planned Parenthood abortion business to fund contraception and birth control. [
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