With the continuing Republican support for higher spending, FULLY funding Obama care and not even attempting to remove objectionable anti-1st Amendment provisions, voting for people like Kerry, Hagel in the Senate, passing repressive bills like "Patriot" Act, NDAA, HR347, etc., I'm also fed up with GOP.
Although it was encouraging to see the Rand Paul-led filibuster of Brennan, key Republicans left the chamber to have dinner with Marxist usurper "Obama." Most did NOT return to support Rand or our Constitution. Even Rand Paul voted for Hagel and Kerry.
Sent: Thu, Mar 7, 2013 8:27 am
Subject: GOP House Approves CR That Funds All Obamacare | CNS News
This is one of the many reasons why I am no longer a Republican. I am
NEITHER Party since there is little difference. The Republican leadership
is useless, complict, and could care less about what we want. They may as
well start calling themselves Democrats.
GOP House Approves CR That Funds All Obamacare--Including Regulation
Attacking Religious Freedom
(CNSNews.com) - The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted
267-151 on Wednesday to approve a $982-billion continuing resolution (CR) to
fund the federal government through the rest of fiscal 2013 that fully funds
the implementation of Obamacare during that period.
The House Republican leaders turned aside requests from groups of
conservative members to include language in the bill that would have
withheld funding for implementation of all of Obamacare, or, alternatively,
that would have withheld funding for the Obamacare regulation that requires
health-plans to provide cost-free coverage for sterilizations,
contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs.
On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Rules Committee rejected a request
a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUY-erH96sU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUY-erH96sU> by Rep. Jim Bridenstine
(R.-Okla.) to allow the full House to simply vote on an amendment to the CR
sponsored by Bridenstine, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R.-Kans.) and Rep. Ron
DeSantis (R.-Fla.) that would have stripped funding from implementation of
Last week, Bridenstine and Huelskamp sent a letter
a href="http://cnsnews.com/sites/default/files/documents/BRIDENSTINE-HUELSKAMP-LETT" target="_blank">http://cnsnews.com/sites/default/files/documents/BRIDENSTINE-HUELSK...
ER.pdf> to House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor
asking them to include such language in the CR. The CR produced by the
leadership did not include that language.
Bridenstine then asked a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUY-erH96sU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUY-erH96sU> the
Rules Committee on Wednesday--when it approved the rule that would govern
House floor proceeding on the CR--to allow a vote on his amendment. The
Rules Committee, however, rejected Bridenstine's request and refused to
allow the rank and file members of the House to even vote on the proposition
of defunding Obamacare.
Similarly, 14 Republican House members
a href="http://cnsnews.com/sites/default/files/documents/BLACK-FLEMING%20LETTER-TO%25" target="_blank">http://cnsnews.com/sites/default/files/documents/BLACK-FLEMING%20LE...
20LEADERS.pdf> , led by Rep. Diane Black (R.-Tenn.) and Rep. John Fleming
(R.-La.), wrote Boehner and Cantor last week asking them to include language
in the CR that would reverse the sterilization-contraception-abortifacient
regulation in order to protect the free exercise of religion, which is
guaranteed by the First Amendment.
The Republican leaders did not include language in their CR to reverse this
regulation--even though Boehner himself had declared in a House floor speech
on Feb. 8, 2012 that the regulation was a violation of the constitutional
right to freedom of religion and that Congress would not let it stand.
The Roman Catholic bishops of the United States have unanimously declared
that the sterilization-contraception-abortifacient regulation--whose
enforcement will now be carried out with funds approved by the
Republican-controlled House--is an "unjust and illegal mandate" that
violates the "personal civil rights" of individual Americans.
While the Republican-controlled House did not use the must-pass CR to defund
or reverse any part of Obamacare, it did use the CR to accomplish other
priorities through defunding.
For example, it prohibited the purchase of foreign-made ball bearings. "None
of the funds appropriated by this Act may be used for the procurement of
ball and roller bearings other than those produced by a domestic source and
of domestic origin," says the CR.
The act also, for example, prohibits (with some exceptions) sending more
than 50 government employees to a conference overseas.
"None of the funds made available in this Act may be used to send or
otherwise pay for the attendance of more than 50 employees from a Federal
department or agency that are stationed within the United States at any
single conference occurring outside a state of the United States, except for
employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs stationed in the
Philippines, unless the relevant Secretary reports to the Committees on
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress at least 5 days in advance that
such attendance is important to the national interest," says the Act.
But, by contrast, it does not restrict funding for Planned Parenthood.
Of the 151 members of the House who voted against this CR, only 14 were
Republicans. They included: Justin Amash (Mich.), Jim Bridenstine (Okla.),
Broun (Ga.), Ron DeSantis (Fla.), Scott DesJarlais (Tenn.), John J. Duncan
Jr. (Tenn.), Phil Gingrey (Ga.), Louie Gohmert (Tex.), Jack Kingston (Ga.),
Tom McClintock (Calif.). Thomas Massie (Ky.), Bill Posey (Fla.), Matt Salmon
(Ariz.), and Steve Stockman (Tex.).
Despite the vow they made in their 2010 "A Pledge to America" to post bills
online for at least 72 hours before bringing them up for a vote, the House
Republican leaders brought this CR up for a vote a little less than 48 hours
after posting it.