Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Two pro-life things that happened in Congress yesterday

Yesterday was a good day in Congress.

First, H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act passed in the House 227-188. Please pray for more Democrats for Life.

Second, the President gave his annual State of the Union address.  While government determinations of mental health are areas of caution, he ended on a particularly pro-life note.
My fellow Americans, no other country in the world does what we do. On every issue, the world turns to us, not simply because of the size of our economy or our military might--but because of the ideals we stand for and the burdens we bear to advance them.

No one knows this better than those who serve in uniform. As this time of war draws to a close, a new generation of heroes returns to civilian life. We will keep slashing that backlog so our veterans receive the benefits they have earned and our wounded warriors receive the health care--including the mental health care--that they need. We will keep working to help all of our veterans translate their skills and leadership into jobs here at home, and we will all continue to join forces to honor and support our remarkable military families.

Let me tell you about one of those families I have come to know.

I first met Cory Remsburg, a proud Army Ranger, at Omaha Beach on the 65th anniversary of D-day. Along with some of his fellow Rangers, he walked me through the program. He was a strong, impressive young man with an easy manner. He was sharp as a tack. We joked around and took pictures, and I told him to stay in touch.

A few months later, on his 10th deployment, Cory was nearly killed by a massive roadside bomb in Afghanistan. His comrades found him in a canal, face down, under water, shrapnel in his brain.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

South Korea: We Built That

Tonight the Congress of the United States meets in joint session to hear an address from the President on the state of the union.

The last time Congress met in joint session was on May 8, 2013, to hear an address from the President of the Republic of Korea, Her Excellency Park Geun-hye.

Upon her arrival in Washington, she visited the Korean War Veterans Memorial and read the words, “Our nation honors her sons and daughters, who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met.”

After expressing “profound gratitude” to America's veterans, including four Members with them in the House chamber, she continued:
When the guns fell silent in the summer of 1953, Koreans were surviving on $67 a year. Six decades later, Korea is one of the top five car producers and the eighth-largest trading nation.

Some call this the “Miracle on the Han River.”

But for those of us in Korea, it was anything but a miracle. And it wasn't just built from within. Koreans worked tirelessly in the mines of Germany, in the jungles of Vietnam, and in the deserts of the Middle East.

These are the people—the proud Korean people—I am so honored to serve as President.

They are the ones that made Korea what it is today.

Together, we will write a sequel to that story: “A Second Miracle on the Han River.”

Friday, January 10, 2014

United States Debt Ceiling (1940-2013)

The United States debt ceiling has been effectively neutered as part of the October 2013 spending law.

The U.S. Senate invoked cloture on S. 1569, the Default Prevention Act, on October 12, 2013, by a vote of 53-45.
  • As National Journal put it, if it became law, it would "Fundamentally change the way the debt ceiling works."  
  • Breitbart said it "would take away the Congress’ power to increase the debt ceiling."
That policy switched legislative vehicles and in the October spending bill, H.R. 2775, became Section 1002 which "may be cited as the 'Default Prevention Act of 2013,'" becoming Public Law 113-46.

On final passage of the deal, Politico reported, "The legislation also includes a McConnell-written proposal that would allow Congress to disapprove of the debt-ceiling increase. Lawmakers will formally vote on rejecting the bump of the borrowing limit - if it passed, it could be vetoed by Obama."

The Hill's Floor Action blog reported simply, "The deal also gives the Treasury Department the ability to borrow beyond the debt ceiling."

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Recommended: March for Life!

The anniversary of Roe v. Wade comes three weeks after New Year's Day.

The Scriptures have a lot to say about the taking of innocent human life. It is appropriate to draw parallels between Israel who would "cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire" and America who has literally put millions of children through the knives of abortionists.

God has a very specific reaction to this:

Monday, December 16, 2013

Should people know what their ACA policies cover?

Remember when HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius promised transparency on abortion coverage in Affordable Care Act policies?



Specifically, Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) asked “Can you provide for the committee the list of insurers in the federal exchange who do not offer as part of their package abortion coverage?”

Sebelius replied saying “I can do that sir…We should be able to do it…I know that is the plan, I will get that information…”

CNN remembers:


To date the Secretary has not provided the list discussed at the October 30 hearing.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Remembering the Victims of New York's Derailment

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 MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR VICTIMS OF NEW YORK'S DERAILMENT ON METRO-NORTH

  (Mr. SEAN PATRICK MALONEY of New York asked and was given permission 
to address the House for 1 minute.)
  Mr. SEAN PATRICK MALONEY of New York. Mr. Speaker, my colleagues, 
tonight on Forest Lane in Cold Spring, my friend Jim Lovell won't be 
coming home. His children, Brooke and Jack and Finn and Hudson, the 
youngest who goes to school with my little girls in Cold Spring and who 
has played in my house, will be missing the father they love and a 
beloved member of the community because he was one of the four victims 
on the Metro-North train that derailed on Sunday.

  We all are saddened and heartbroken by this tragic event. I stand 
here with my colleagues from New York to honor the four victims and the 
dozens of injured. New York lost a devoted father in Jim Lovell; but, 
of course, we also lost a loving sister in Donna Smith from Newburgh, a 
caring nurse from Queens named Kisook Ahn, and James Ferrari, a 
hardworking husband from Montrose.

  I know my colleagues, Nita Lowey who represents Montrose and Jim 
Crowley who represents Queens and Eliot Engel who represents the 
district where the accident occurred, and I who represent two of the 
victims join with all of you in standing to offer a moment of silence 
in honor of those killed and of those injured. I ask that we do so now.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

ACA Lacking in Abortion Coverage Transparency

Finding out about abortion coverage on the exchanges or marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act is extremely difficult. In the 27 states that allow plans to cover elective abortion on the exchanges, it is almost impossible for consumers to identify whether or not the plan they are considering includes elective abortion.

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) released information about abortion coverage in a small subset of plans called Multi-State Plans (MSPs), which are unique because their contracts are negotiated with the federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM).