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Capitol Hill Update: Latest on Obamacare in the U.S. Senate

The office of the Senate Republican Leader, Mitch McConnell, from Kentucky, is doing an outstanding job in providing frequent daily updates on the Democrats' socialized medicine scheme, known around Washington D.C. and the country as ObamaCare.

For example, Christian Coalition of America was informed by Leader McConnell's office on Friday that the Senate is back on Health Care today and there are currently two pending amendments:

  • Democrat Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's amendment #2870 which is a Sense of the Senate on Social Security and CLASS Act surpluses
  • Republican Senator Orrin Hatch motion's to commit the bill to the Finance Committee to prevent the cuts to Medicare Advantage

In addition, there are probably other votes on other amendments today and throughout this weekend.


Yesterday the Senate had 4 votes on amendments. Below is a breakdown of the votes:

Capitol Hill Update: Will this Christmas Day be Republican Senators' December 25, 1776?

The next few weeks will determine whether the Republican Party has learned its lesson from its crushing defeats in 2006 and 2008, thus losing both the Congress and the White House.  The question now is, will the Republican Senators, led by Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell from Kentucky, call the bluff of the former boxer and now Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's fellow Democrat Senators, in which they bragged yesterday that they were prepared to keep the Senate working through Christmas Day and beyond if necessary to pass the socialized medicine bill called ObamaCare in the Senate.   

America will see whether or not the Republicans have the courage, unselfishness, and the stamina to work right through Christmas Day in order to ensure that America's health care system doesn't become a wretched socialized medicine scheme, similar to the grotesque and cruel health care systems imposed by socialists in Great Britain and Canada.   

Capitol Hill Update: Is the Manhattan Declaration a Real Commitment for Signers?

Some of us have served time in a number of jails simply for saving the lives of unborn children from death in front of abortion mills and a few of us spent 40 days and 40 nights in the Atlanta jail system, in the same cellblock where Dr. Martin Luther King a couple decades earlier served time for also committing civil disobedience.   

During the 1988 Democratic Party Convention, at which Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis accepted his party's nomination, some 120 or more pro-lifers were arrested in front of an Atlanta abortion "clinic" for blocking the entrances so that the abortionists could not kill the unborn babies of a number of mothers that day.   

While these pro-life "rescuers" sat in jail for weeks for the crime of saving unborn babies from death (trespassing was the actual charge), the very few conservative media outlets in the country at that time broadcast and wrote about the plight of the jailed pro-lifers and thousands of other pro-lifers came to Atlanta and demonstrated and many joined the original pro-lifers in the Atlanta jail system by sitting in front of aborturaries, thus saving the lives of unborn babies.   

Capitol Hill Update: Politically-correct Navy Just as Bad as U.S. Army

It was only two weeks ago when the Capitol Hill Update on Christian Coalition of America's website blasted the United States Army in a posting entitled "Derelict Army generals need to prosecute in murder of unborn child" and prior to that, a posting on Veterans Day entitled:  "No General Casey:  12 of your dead soldiers trumps 'diversity.'"  These postings followed the assassination of 14 Americans at Ft. Hood, Texas  --  by the radical Islamic terrorist, Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan  --  including 12 soldiers, an unborn baby, and an Army civilian.   

The United States Army had coddled this terrorist for almost a decade throughout all of his anti-American and radical Islamic rantings.  Now, we discover the United States Navy is going down the same route as the Army as part of the Obama-led government's outreach to the Islamic world.   

The Navy is court-martialing three Navy Seals (Petty Officer Matthew McCabe, Petty Officer Jonathan Keefe and Petty Officer Julio Huertas) who supposedly roughed up one of the world's most wanted terrorists by the name of Ahmed Hashim Abed.  

Capitol Hill Update: Senate Vote Saturday Night to Determine if America Will Turn to Socialism

On Thursday, Christian Coalition of America (CCA) sent out an Action Alert to its supporters all over America and urged them to contact both of their United States Senators regarding the most important vote of their congressional careers.  The vote on the Democrats' socialized medicine scheme, commonly called ObamaCare, will come up for a vote on the Senate floor Saturday night at 8 p.m. 

Because the Senate's ObamaCare bill pushed back implementation of the major provisions until 2014, it is important that you, your family and your friends understand the true cost of 10 years of implementation - a whopping $2.5 trillion. 

The question is simply this: Will America leave its roots and give up much of the freedom bestowed on Americans by our Founders by turning to socialism?  That is exactly what the United States Senate will be voting on Saturday night at 8 p.m. when the Democrats attempt to begin debate on ObamaCare.

What the left-wing Democratic leadership is trying to do with its vote on Saturday night is to bring to the Senate floor the Obamacare bill which had no Republican participation and no transparency.  The Democrats cooked up this 2,074 page bill behind closed doors during the past few weeks with only a handful of elitists making decisions for ALL Americans.

Capitol Hill Update: Senator Jeff Session's filibuster of a radical judge

It is hard to believe but Senate Democrats are trying to vote this week on President Barack Obama's extremely anti-family judicial nominee for the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals named David Hamilton.  He is so radical that he ruled against the mention of "Jesus Christ" in prayers before the Indiana state legislature.  On the other hand, he allowed prayers to "Allah", the god of the Muslim religion. 

Judge Hamilton is so anti-family that he has blocked for seven long years the state legislature's "informed consent" abortion law, so that women seeking to have an abortion will know the facts about the unborn baby which will be killed in an abortion and about the dangers to themselves.

Thankfully, a courageous Senator from the state of Alabama, Republican Senator Jeff Sessions, has said that he will filibuster the nomination of Judge Hamilton and will try to prevent the Senate from voting on this radical nominee.   

Democrats frequently filibustered many of President George W. Bush's outstanding nominees for the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, never giving them an opportunity to be voted on on the Senate floor.  Indeed, during seven separate votes on a wonderful Hispanic nominee, Miguel Estrada, he was repeatedly denied a seat on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2003.   

Capitol Hill Update: Derelict Army Generals Need to Prosecute in Murder of Unborn Child

To add insult to injury, the prosecutors in the United States Army, have thus far refused to charge the Islamic terrorist with a 14th murder charge in the Ft. Hood massacre by ignoring the death of an unborn baby.  This mass murder, by a deranged Muslim terrorist, probably would not have occurred at all, if the leadership of the Army, led by Army Chief of Staff, General George Casey, had gotten rid of this Army Major jihadist in the first place.  The U.S. Army  --  infested with political correctness for the past several decades  --  had plenty of warnings that the terrorist, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, was about to explode.   

The left-wing news media has been intent on ignoring the death of a 14th victim, besides the 12 soldiers and Army civilian, assassinated by terrorist Nidal Malik Hasan.  Indeed, the one word on this week's cover of "Time" magazine was "terrorist" with a question mark behind "terrorist?" and a picture of the Islamic terrorist Nidal Malik Hasan in the background.  

The United States Army  --  which has succumbed to left-wing political correctness for far too long  --  needs to immediately recognize the death of the 6-week-old unborn child of assassinated Army Private Francheska Velez, a 21-year old native of Barack Hussein Obama's hometown of Chicago.   

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Capitol Hill Update: No General Casey, 12 of Your Dead Soldiers Trumps "Diversity"

Unfortunately, in recent decades, many of the Army officers promoted to the top general ranks have been politically-correct bureaucrats dedicated more to "diversity" and other politically-correct clap trap rather than being dedicated to the military personnel they command.  If any more proof is required, the remarks by the Army's top general, Chief of Staff George Casey, following the Islamic terrorist's slaughter of 13 innocent human beings at Ft. Hood last week is all the proof that is needed.  

General Casey said on NBC's "Meet the Press" last Sunday  --  after 12 of his soldiers and an Army civilian were slaughtered by Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a devout Muslim, along with another 30 or so wounded, with 8 still in intensive care  --  "Our diversity, not only in our Army, but in our country, is a strength. And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that's worse."  

No General, losing 12 of your Army soldiers and an Army civilian is far far worse than you keeping your politically-correct schemes, including your perverse ideas of "diversity".  It is outrageous that you think "diversity" is more important than the soldiers brutally assassinated and wounded by this Islamic terrorist and more important than the families and friends of the murdered victims left behind.   

Capital Hill Update: "Grateful to 'Gorby'" but Not to Reagan

Monday marked the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  As one would expect, the left-wing "mainstream" or "elite" news media got it wrong.  Indeed, the account sent around the world by the Associated Press, made no mention at all of the key individual who made it all possible:  President Ronald Reagan with his "peace through strength" massive military build-up including his Strategic Defense Initiative (missile defense program.)   

This was the headline from the Associated Press' account written by a Kirsten Grieshaber, of the events on Monday in Berlin, Germany, celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall:  "Grateful to 'Gorby'"; Germans, world leaders remember fall of the wall."  The AP reporter all throughout her account slobbers all over how the former communist dictator, Mikhail Gorbachev  --  ruler of the country which murdered countless millions of innocent civilians during the communist empire's 70-year-plus long reign  --  was the hero of Monday's 20th year celebration.  

She reports that "a throng of grateful Germans recalled the night 20 years ago that the Berlin Wall gave way to their desire for freedom and unity" and that German Chancellor Angela Merkel "lauded Mr. Gorbachev, with whom she shared an umbrella amid a crush of hundreds of people eager for a glimpse of the man  whom many still consider a hero for his role."   

Capitol Hill Update: Obama's Unemployment Rate Reaches 10.2%

On this day  --  exactly three years from the day on which Sarah Palin or Mike Huckabee or Tim Pawlenty or some other Reaganite Republican will probably be elected president  --  many Americans were shocked (but not Reaganites,) that Barack Obama's unemployment rate has now reached a massive 10.2% of the American people unemployed.   

Yet, Obama and his acolytes were promising (and threatening) Blue Dog Democrats that if they did not vote for Obama's  TRILLION dollar (with interest) so-called stimulus bill, the unemployment rate would go above 8%.  So many of the Blue Dog Democrats and other Democrats occupying the 80-plus congressional seats won by President George W. Bush or by Senator John McCain were intimidated and actually voted for the Obama stimulus bill last February.   

And what do they have to show for their vote?  Massive unemployment and some additional 3 million Americans who have lost their jobs since the passage of the Obama stimulus bill.  This week, to make fiscal matters worse, the Democrats in the United States Senate even voted to extend the unemployment benefits of $300 each week for a total of 99 weeks (almost 2 years) to further increase the gargantuan national debt, now approaching $12 TRILLION dollars.  

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