April 4, 2008

Senator Arlen Specter Threatens to Shut Down the Senate Unless President Bush's Circuit Court of Appeals Judges Get a Vote on the Senate Floor

Yesterday, "The Washington Times" reported that Senator Arlen Specter, R-PA, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has threatened "to close the Senate down" unless President George W. Bush's judicial nominees to the United States Circuit Court of Appeals are given hearings and up or down votes on the Senate floor. The Democrat-controlled Judiciary Committee, under the leadership of Chairmanh Pat Leahy from Vermont, have basically filibustered all of President Bush's nominees to the appeals court this year under pressure from extreme left-wing groups such as the so-called People for the America way. Bill Clinton was able to get 15 of his appeals court nominees confirmed when the Republicans confirmed the Senate during Clinton's last 2 years in office. On the other hand, left-wing Democrats have only confirmed 6 of President Bush's highly-qualified nominees to the federal appeals court.

Yesterday morning, 8 thoroughly disgusted Republican Senators on the Judiciary Committee put Chairman Leahy on the defensive for some 30 minutes, asking him why he was obstructing President Bush's judicial nominees. Senator Tom Coburn, R-OK, specifically asked Senator Leahy about why he would not allow a vote on Judge Robert Conrad, who President Bush nominated for a Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals vacancy. The badgering of Chairman Leahy by the Republicans did bear some fruit as Catharina Haynes, President Bush's nominee to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals was finally voted out of committee and hopefully will get a Senate floor vote soon.

In Wednesday's "The Wall Street Journal," it said that the Republicans led by Judiciary Committee ranking member Arlen Specter were ready for "a series of procedural stalls that would make it next to impossible for the Senate to get anything done." "The Wall Street Journal" mentioned President Bush's nominee to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, Peter Keisler, who has been waiting for a vote in the Democrat-controlled Judiciary Committee for 20 months since his hearing.

The "Wall Street Journal" described the liberal Democrats' strategy: "The Democratic Senate has confirmed a mere six nominees with no plans in sight to move the remaining 11 forward. Judicial nominees rarely are confirmed in the final months of a President's second term, so the clock is running out. Democrats figure they'll be retake the White House in November, and they don't mind leaving the courts short-handed for another year or two as they stall for liberal nominee....".

Senator Orrin Hatch, R-UT, former Judiciary Committee Chairman said: "Leahy claims that he is not responsible when Bush nominees lacking support from their home-state senators do not get hearings. When he follows this policy, he blames it on senatorial courtesy. When Republicans follow this policy, he calls it a pocket filibuster." Senator Hatch added, "I have voted against only five of the more than 1,500 nominees to life-tenured judicial positions that the full Senate has considered since I was first elected (in 1976.) Some Democratic senators ... have voted against more than three times as many nominees of the current president alone."

ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES!"

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House of Representatives Passes the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Which Democrats Bloated up to some $50 million/Pro-family Forces Get Some Victories Since the Bill does NOT fund Abortion Services; Does not Gut Abstinence and Fidelity Provisions of 2003 Law

On Wednesday, the United States House of Representatives passed -- by a margin of 308-116 -- a bloated five-year $50 million reauthorization of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) which basically gutted the left-wing Democrats' plans to fund abortions with this money; prevent conscience protections for groups and physicians, and prevent successful abstinence and fidelity programs. President George W. Bush's program adopted into law in 2003 was only a $15 million program. The Bush Administration recommended a doubling of this program for the next five years, and left-wingers in Congress increased that to $50 million, in their unsatiable appetite for pork programs.

The current bill, H.R. 5501, is now called the "Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008." Congressman Chris Smith, R-NJ, the Champion of the Unborn in the House of Representatives, worked mightily with his colleagues to inform Americans as to the intended "hijacking" of the AIDS program by liberals in Congress. The Democrat original bill's offensive language would basically have created a funding stream for radical abortion groups such as Planned Parenthood, and because of hard work by Congressman Chris Smith and groups such as Christian Coalition of America, that hijacking of the 2003 law has been stopped.

Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04), held a press conference to draw attention to language that "hijacked" the AIDS program. The offensive language would have created a funding stream for abortion organizations by inserting reproductive health references and family planning funding, referral and integration throughout the legislation. On Tuesday, just before the reauthorization of H.R. 5501 was scheduled for debate in the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the majority and the minority agreed to a bipartisan compromise draft which passed on a voice vote in Committee and overwhelmingly on the House floor on Wednesday.

Before the House vote the Bush Administration issued a Statement of Administration Policy which said in part: "The Administration notes that the bill would authorize $50 billion for PEPFAR over 5 years—an amount significantly above the Administration’s $30 billion proposal, which itself represents a doubling of the previous 5-year funding commitment. We are concerned about this increase and we look forward to working with the appropriators to further analyze the authorization and to meet the needs of the program.

H.R. 5501 contains several provisions raising constitutional concerns by purporting to limit the President’s ability to conduct the Nation’s foreign affairs. The Administration looks forward to working with Congress to resolve those concerns."

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Congressman Mike Pence to Introduce the "Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act" which will Stop Title X Family Planning Money to Groups such as Planned Parenthood that Use Abortion as a Method of Family Planning

Christian Coalition of America commends Congressman Mike Pence, R-IN, former Chairman of the House Republican Study Committee, for introducing a bill, "Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act" which will prevent groups such as Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funds because it uses abortions as a method of family planning.

Congressman Pence was quoted in Cybercast News Service: "I just think it's wrong that the largest abortion provider in America is the largest recipient of non-abortion funding under Title X." In a fact sheet put out by his office, Congressman Pence said that Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, providing over 289,000 abortions procedures in 2005, states in their 2006-2007 annual report that it received more than a third of its budget -- $336.7 million -- from "Government Grants and Contracts."

Planned Parenthood was founded in the early 1900's by the infamous racist named Margaret Sanger, which now receives an astounding $1 BILLION dollars each year by killing unborn children, etc., including $336.7 million in American taxpayer dollars. A study done by the Government Accounting Office determined that, during the five-year period from 1997 to fiscal year 2001, Planned Parenthood and its affiliates received $661.5 million in federal funding for "reproductive health activities," i.e. activities related to abortion.

As Congressman Pence has said, how can we justify giving this much federal money to an organization that performed 264,000 abortions in 2005? Why should tax dollars of millions of pro-life Americans sustain and underwrite private abortion providers?

ACTION: Please call your Congressman-- at 202-225-3121 or you can go to http://www.cc.org/contactcongress.cfm and email them and urge them to co-sponsor Congressman Mike Pence's bill, the "Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act."

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the House Democrat Leadership and some 14 Members of the Moderate "Blue-Dog" Democrats Voted to Continue to Endanger American Security by not voting for the Bipartisan Senate Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act" (FISA) which passed overwhelmingly in the Senate

"The Washington Times" reported this past Monday that when the United States House of Representatives left Washington D.C. on March 14th for a 2 week Easter vacation, it was the 3rd time in less than 7 weeks where Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi sent the House on vacation rather than take up reforms to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) which passed the Senate overwhelmingly with bipartisan majorities.

Instead of passing this bipartisan bill, "The Washington Times" reported that Speaker Pelosi "rammed through on a 213-197 vote FISA legislation" she knew President Bush would not sign because her bill failed to include essential reform: retroactive liability protection for the patriotic telecommunications companies which responded to federal government calls for assistance in monitoring communications following the September 11th attacks on New York City and the Pentagon.

The "Wall Street Journal" said in its lead editorial last Friday that "Democratic cynicism on national security reached new heights with a House vote last Friday that deserves more public scrutiny. Lawmakers approved a bill that not only fails to provide liability protection for phone companies that assisted the government after 9/11 but actually greases the skids for trial lawyers."

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY said on FISA: "The House had a chance to make the necessary changes before the recess. But it chose an irresponsible path instead, passing an amendment to the bipartisan Senate bill that included none of the things the Director of National Intelligence had called for. Ignoring the carefully-crafted Senate bill, the House decided it was more important to let people sue phone companies that stepped up when the country needed them to."

Incredibly, 14 "moderate Blue Dog Democrats" provided the margin of victory for Speaker Pelosi's incredibly dangerous to American security legislation. Both the "Wall Street Journal" and "The Washington Times" listed these Democrats in fairly conservative districts who voted with Speaker Pelosi in their editorials. They are: Congressmen Joe Baca (California); John Barrow (Georgia); Melissa Bean (Illinois); Marion Berry (Arkansas); Leonard Boswell (Iowa); Allen Boyd (Florida); Brad Ellsworth (Indiana); Jim Matheson (Utah); Charlie Melancon (Lousiana); Dennis Moore (Kansas); Earl Pomeroy (North Dakota); Mike Ross (Arkansas); Zack Space (Ohio); and John Tanner (Tennessee.) Congressman Lincoln Davis of Tennessee voted "present." "The Washington Times" urged their constituents to weigh in since obviously the trial lawyers already called them.

ACTION: Please call the Members listed above if they are your Congressman-- at 202-225-3121 or you can go to http://www.cc.org/contactcongress.cfm and email them and urge them to demand that their Democrat leadership allow a vote on the bipartisan Senate FISA bill which passed the Senate overwhelmingly.

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Congressman Joseph Pitts Responded Yesterday in House floor Speech to Senator Obama's Speech in Which Obama Said a Child "Would be Punishment" for one of his Daughters (Similar to the punishment of a sexually transmitted disease)

Congressman Joseph Pitts, R-PA, Chairman of the House of Representatives Values Action Team, vigorously responded yesterday on the House floor to Senator Barack Obama's speech in which Obama said a child would be a punishment for one of his daughters (along the same lines as a sexually transmitted disease.)

Congressman Pitts stated in his remarks on the House floor on Thursday: "Mr. Speaker, in a recent speech in my home State of Pennsylvania, one of the candidates for President referred to the possibility of his daughter conceiving a child as a `punishment.''' In referring to his own two daughters, he said, ‘I am going to teach them first about values and morals, but if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby. I don't want them punished with an STD.’”

I agree that teens should be taught about values and morals. But I find it disturbing that any candidate for high office finds the notion of a grandchild to be punishment, a punishment on the same level as a sexually transmitted disease. Have we come this far? Has the opposing party embraced an ideology that is so opposed to life that a grandchild is seen as a punishment?

In the same speech he said, ‘This is an example where good people can disagree.’ Well, I see nothing good about believing a grandchild is a punishment. Not his most eloquent or uniting speech.”

Christian Coalition of America commends House Values Action Team Chairman Joe Pitts for not allowing this to go unnoticed by the American people!

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"The Washington Times" Reports that the Bush Administration Stretched Powers In Telling a Texas state Court to Grant a new hearing in the case of a Mexican National on Death Row/Bush's Nominees John Roberts and Samuel Alito Uphold American Sovereignty over Radical Internationalism

Last week, in a somewhat surprising United States Supreme Court decision, the court by a 6-3 margin -- with two majority votes provided by President George W. Bush's two nominees: Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito -- said that President Bush lacked the legal authority to grant a new hearing in the case of a Mexican national on death row in the 1993 gang rape and murder of two Houseton teen-age girls.

"The Washinton Times" reported that "the ruling written by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., said Mr. Bush erred in siding with the 2004 decision by the International Court of Justice when it said that Medellin's conviction and those of 50 other Mexican nationals nationwide violated the 1963 Vienna Convention, which gives those arrested abroad access to their home country's counselor officials."

Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz had made the strong argument -- now upheld by the United States Supreme Court -- that President Bush did not have "unilateral authority to force the state courts to obey a decision by the world court."

Christian Coalition of America commends President Bush for appointing to the Supreme Court such great champions of American sovereignty who are willing to overrule the radical internationalists in the Bush State Department. As "The Wall Street Journal" said in its editorial on March 28, 2008: "(The Supreme Court) insulated American law from the international variety. And this modest and limited ruling should help restore those two qualities to U.S. courts, which is no doubt one of the reasons the Roberts Court's political opponents are so livid."

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Christian Coalition Activists Need to Encourage 110th Congress to Pass Both "Net Neutrality" and "Multicast/Equal Access" Legislation to Prevent Discrimination Against Religious Broadcasters - Democrat-controlled Congress Expected to Pass "Net Neutrality"

"Multicast/Equal Access" (formerly called "Multicast/Must-carry") will go a long way to preventing discrimination against religious broadcasters. Without a "Multicast/Equal Access" law, the cable and satellite companies would probably not add new Christian channels and the influence of current Christian channels will be diluted.

ACTION ITEM: Please all your Congressman at 202-225-3121 or you can go to http://www.cc.org/contactcongress.cfm and email them and urge them to co-sponsor the Net Neutrality legislation introduced by Republican Congressman Charles "Chip" Pickering and Democrat Congressman Edward Markey called the "Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2008," H.R. 5353.

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Join the Christian Coalition’s Judicial Task Force, which is dedicated to ending the obstruction of the President's judicial nominees and ensuring that they ALL receive a fair "up or down" vote by the full Senate

Please sign our petition and join the Judicial Task Force at: http://www.cc.org/taskforce.cfm

Encourage your family, friends and church friends to also sign the petition at our website and to join the Christian Coalition’s Judicial Task Force, which is dedicated to ending the obstruction of the President's judicial nominees and ensuring that they ALL receive a fair "up or down" vote by the full Senate.

There are a number of President Bush's Circuit Court of Appeals' nominees who have not yet received a Senate floor vote. The challenge to confirm President Bush's nominees in a Democrat-controlled Senate will be very difficult and we need your help in doing just that. You will become part of a team of individuals who are committed to being ready on a moment’s notice to take action when obstruction occurs.

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Please keep the above issues in prayer. Through prayer and action great and mighty things can be accomplished.

Psalm 33:12 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…”

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