February 1, 2008

Liberal Democrat Senators Stalling Speaker Nancy Pelosi's/President Bush's/Republican Leader Boehner's Bipartisan Economic Growth Package Which will Give Back to 117 Million Families and Small Businesses some $150 Billion

This week the Senate Finance Committee led by liberal Democrat Senators began putting obstacles in the way of bipartisan legislation sponsored by Democrat Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (CA,) and House Republican Leader John Boehner (OH,) -- wholeheartedly supported by President George W. Bush and the Senate Republican Leader, Mitch McConnell (KY) -- which will return some $150 billion to 117 American families and small businesses. Yesterday, the Senate Finance Committee agreed to a bloated liberal Democrat stimulus package by a vote of 14-7. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Bush/Pelosi/Boehner bipartisan economic package last week by a whopping 385-35.

Senator McConnell said, "The fact that there were 10 provisions added to the Baucus proposal before it was even considered in committee, coupled with three more amendments added in the committee, only reinforces my view that the way to prevent more delay in the effort to boost the economy is to pass the bipartisan House-passed bill and quickly send it to the President for his signature. The Baucus proposal has become yet another Christmas tree and will only grow and slow down when it reaches the Senate floor. We need to act now, and the way to do that is the bipartisan the bill that passed the House by an overwhelming, bipartisan margin."

Among the provisions in the very-easy-to-understand Bipartisan Economic Growth Package: Most individuals who pay taxes would get $600; working couples would receive $1,200. Workers who make at least $3,000 but don't pay income taxes would get checks of $300 to $600. People in both groups would get $300 credits for each of their children, up to $1,200 per family. The Bush/Pelosi/Boehner Bipartisan Economic Growth Package also includes more generous expensing and depreciation rules for business in 2008 which help the cash flows of these businesses.

This week the Bush Administration put out a statement: "The Administration strongly supports House passage of H.R. 5140, the bipartisan economic growth compromise, without amendment. This legislation meets the criteria set out by the Administration that an economic growth package be large enough to make a difference, immediate in its impact, broad-based, temporary, and based on tax relief rather than government spending programs. The Administration commends the House for taking swift, decisive bipartisan action to improve the Nation’s near-term economic outlook."

Last week, President Bush said something self-evident to keep the Bush economic boom going: "The best thing we can do to deal with uncertainty in the economy is make the tax cuts we passed permanent."

ACTION ALERT: Please call both of your Senators and urge them to support the Bush/Pelosi/Boehner Bipartisan Economic Recovery Legislation for American families/small businesses. Your 2 Senators can be reached at 202-224-3121 or you can go to http://www.cc.org/contactcongress.cfm and email them and let them know the United States Senate must approve the Bipartisan Economic Recovery Package immediately so that checks for 117 million families will arrive this spring.

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Christian Coalition of America Commends the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for Fining the ABC Television Network $1,430,000 for Indecency Broadcast During a "NYPD Blue" Episode in 2003

Last Friday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed a $1.43 million indecency fine against the ABC Television Network for a 2003 episode of "NYPD Blue," the second-largest proposed indecency fine against a television broadcaster ever, according to "The Washington Post" (Jan. 24, 2008).

"The agency proposed a $27,500 fine against 52 ABC-owned and affiliate stations in the Central and Mountain time zones, which broadcast the episode before 10 p.m., when the FCC's authority to police the airwaves for indecency expires each day. The episode in question, aired Feb. 25, 2003, contained a scene featuring a woman and a young boy. In the scene, the woman disrobes in a bathroom. She is shown in full dorsal nudity, and the side of one breast is shown. Under the FCC's indecency statutes, over-the-air radio and television stations are prohibited from broadcasting "patently offensive" material of a sexual or excretory nature from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., when children are most likely to be watching. ABC stations in the Eastern and Pacific time zones were not fined because the episode appeared after 10 p.m. in those regions...."

The FCC had also proposed in 2006 a record $3.6 million fine against CBS television stations for a 2004 episode of "Without a Trace" which CBS settled with the FCC for $300,000. Exactly 4 years ago this weekend, CBS also had the outrageous half-time show at the Super Bowl where smut singer Janet Jackson's right breast was exposed before hundreds of millions of children around the world. Millions called in to the network and the FCC to protest this outrageous CBS half-time show and the FCC acted. Last Friday, FCC Commission Deborah Taylor Tate wrote in a statement: "The law is simple. If a broadcaster makes the decision to show indecent programming, it must air between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. This is neither difficult to understand nor burdensome to implement."

"The Washington Post" reported last Saturday that "FCC indecency investigations begin when the agency receives a viewer or listener complaint about a program and can drag on for months or years. The lightly staffed FCC enforcement bureau must go up against broadcasters, which have more legal and financial resources to battle the proposed fine and have a vested interest in dragging out the proceeding. After the enforcement bureau makes a finding, it must be voted on by the FCC's five commissioners, who were occupied with cable television and wireless spectrum issues through much of 2007...."

Last month, ABC's Good Morning America hostess, Diane Sawyer, allowed smut actress Diane Keaton to say the F-word live while tens of thousands of children were watching and listening. ESPN anchor Dana Jacobson gave a obscenity-laden speech using the phrase "F-ck Jesus" and she was only suspended for a week by ESPN.

The FCC needs to be far more stringent than they have been in punishing these smut-filled television networks. Congress overwhelmingly passed Senator Sam Brownback's (R-KS) and Congressman Fred Upton's (R-MI) "Broad Decency Enforcement Act of 2005. The House of Representatives passed it 379-35 on June 7, 2006 and the Senate passed it unanimously and President Bush signed it (S. 193) into law on June 15, 2006. This new law increased fines for indecency violations by television and radio broadcasters up to $325,000.

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Christian Coalition Activists Need to Contact the FCC To Let Them Know They MUST NOT Backtrack on President Reagan's Deregulation of Broadcast Content and to Reject Any Attempt by Liberals to Bring Back the Unconstitutional "Fairness Doctrine"

It is urgent for supporters of Christian Coalition of America to immediately contact the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to let the 5 commissioners know that they must reject any plan which has any semblance to the unconstitutional so-called "Fairness Doctrine" which was repealed by the Reagan Administration in the 1980's. If the "Fairness Doctrine" is reimposed on broadcasters many talk shows will disappear from the airwaves.

The FCC is backtracking on one of President Reagan's cherished successes which deregulated broadcast content and which produced talk shows such as Rush Limbaugh, etc.. Now the FCC has proposed a misguided directive on December 18, 2007 to:

a. Increase local programming content and diversity in communities across America" (i.e. the first-step to reintroduce the abominable so-called "Fairness Doctrine").

b. Require broadcast stations to "establish permanent advisory boards.... to consult periodically on community needs and issues."

c. Adopt license renewal guidelines to "ensure that all broadcasters provide some locally-oriented programming.

This is the first step on a slippery slope back to the Fairness Doctrine!

ACTION ITEMS:

1) Write the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) within the next 30 days with our views on its reregulation proposal. Please cite "Report and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking FCC 07-218". Tell them you reject any attempt by the FCC to revive the unconstitutional "Fairness Doctrine" and you reject the FCC's December 18, 2007 proposal. Letter can be sent to:

Federal Communications Commission

445 12th Street, S.W.

Washington D.C., 20544

2) Request your Member of the House of Representatives at 202-225-3121 or you can go to http://www.cc.org/contactcongress.cfm and email your Representative to sign onto the discharge petition (194 Members already signed on; 218 needed before a House floor vote) that would force a vote on H.R. 2905, the "Broadcaster Freedom Act," which would prohibit the FCC from re-imposing the Fairness Doctrine.

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President Bush Addresses Life Issues During his State of the Union Speech Last Monday before the United States Congress/President Bush Spoke of Stem Cell Research and Judicial Nominations

President George W. Bush, in his 7th and last State of the Union speech before the United States Congress last Monday night, emphasized life issues such as ethical stem cell research and judicial nominations (the need for the Senate to confirm his judges who will not legislate from the bench).

In his speech on Monday night, President Bush spoke about the recent news that researchers were able to create stem cells with the properties of embryonic stem cells, but without harming a human embryo. These cells called iPS cells are generated by reprogramming adult cells and my provide a means of obtaining patient matched stem cells without creating, destroying or harming a human embryo.

Recently, another team of researchers published a study demonstrating that they have created cloned human embryos so that they could be destroyed for stem cell experimentation. President Bush also addressed this issue by calling on the United States Congress "to pass legislation that bans unethical practices such as the buying, selling, patenting or cloning human life." After he made this statement, President Bush received a standing ovation by virtually every Member, including the Democrat Members of Congress.

President Bush said in his address last Monday: "On matters of science and life, we must trust in the innovative spirit of medical researchers and empower them to discover new treatments while respecting moral boundaries. In November, we witnessed a landmark achievement when scientists discovered a way to reprogram adult skin cells to act like embryonic stem cells. This breakthrough has the potential to move us beyond the divisive debates of the past by extending the frontiers of medicine without the destruction of human life. So we are expanding funding for this type of ethical medical research. And as we explore promising avenues of research, we must also ensure that all life is treated with the dignity it deserves. So I call on the Congress to pass legislation that bans unethical practices such as the buying, selling, patenting, or cloning of human life.

"On matters of justice, we must trust in the wisdom of our Founders and empower judges who understand that the Constitution means what it says. I have submitted judicial nominees who will rule by the letter of the law, not the whim of the gavel. Many of these nominees are being unfairly delayed. They are worthy of confirmation, and the Senate should give each of them a prompt up-or-down vote.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, addressed the Senate this week about priorities for 2008, including the confirmation of federal judges. He emphasized Senate Democrats’ obstruction of judicial nominees, explaining that “too many judicial posts have been left empty too long".

"[W]e can’t confirm judges if they don’t get hearings. And since last summer, Democrats have allowed only one hearing on a circuit court nominee. Compare that with Senate Republicans in 1999, who held more hearings on President Clinton’s nominees in the fall of that year alone than Democrats allowed this president all last year. This pattern is neither fair nor acceptable.”

Noting that only six circuit court nominees were confirmed in 2007, Senator McConnell explained that "[W]e're not on pace to keep up with historical precedent. The historical average for circuit court confirmations in the last Congress of a divided government is 17. President Clinton -- who had the second most judicial confirmations in history, despite having to deal with a Republican Senate almost his entire time in office -- had 15 circuit court confirmations in his last Congress."

ACTION ITEM: Please call your Member of the U.S. House of Representatives to urge them to co-sponsor the "Human Cloning Prohibition Act" sponsored by Democrat Congressman Bart Stupak (MI) and Republican Congressman (and physician) Dave Weldon (FL).

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Kansas District Attorney Phill Kline Wins Victory in Kansas Court as Judge Orders Abortion Mill run by Abortionist George Tiller to Release Abortion Data

Kansas District Attorney Phill Kline -- who has filed 107 counts, 23 of them felonies against Planned Parenthood and the infamous unborn child killer, Dr. George Tiller, in Wichita, Kansas -- won a great victory when "Doctor" Tiller was ordered by a Kansas judge on Wednesday to immediately turn over to a grand jury hundreds of medical records of the mothers whose unborn babies were killed by abortionist Tiller. The Johnson County grand jury started on December 10th, and is led by District Attorney Phill Kline. Johnson County, Kansas is home to a major Planned Parenthood clinic in Overland Park, KS. The abortionist Tiller grand jury started on January 8th. It has 90 days to decide whether to issue any indictments.

Retired Sedgwick County District Judge Paul Buchanan rejected the motions of abortionist Tiller to quash subpoenas issued last month by a grand jury investigating Tiller's abortuary for illegal late-term abortions. Of course, abortionist Tiller's lawyers filed a motion with the Kansas Supreme Court, asking it to overturn Judge Buchanan's decision. The abortion industry has been getting a pass on safety regulations and law-breaking for decades since the infamous Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 which so far has resulted in the destruction of nearly 50 million innocent unborn children.

Planned Parenthood abortion chambers kill some 150,000 unborn babies every year. This infamous organization -- which has received billions over the past decades in hard-earned American tax dollars -- was founded by a radical racist in the early 20th century, Margaret Sanger.

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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"

The lame-duck Republican Senate did not pass a telecommunications bill and thus a "Net Neutrality" provision was not passed in the 109th Congress. "Net Neutrality" is an issue extremely important to America's grassroots organizations and those Americans who want to ensure the cable and phone companies controlling access to the Internet will not discriminate against groups like Christian Coalition of America. Although AT & T recently made an agreement with the FCC that it would agree to "net neutrality" in order to merge with BellSouth Corp. in a $86 billion merger, the agreement only lasts 2 years. Therefore Congress must pass "net neutrality" legislation in order to make "net neutrality" permanent.

It is anticipated that the Democrat-controlled 110th Congress will agree with the position of the recent House Judiciary Committee Chairman, James Sensenbrenner, Republican-WI, and pass a "Net Neutrality" bill during the 110th Congress. If "Net Neutrality" legislation does not pass, consumers will have to pay an additional fee to have a website. The cable/telephone monopoly will be dividing the Internet into a "fast track" and "slow track." Our grassroots, many of whom cannot afford the additional fees, will have to be on the slow track, which will mean that many of our websites will be passed by because the general public will not have the patience to go on the "slow track".

"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 continue to ask your Members of Congress to support “Multicast/Equal Access” and religious broadcasters. Call your Congressman and 2 Senators at 202-225-3121 or you can go to http://www.cc.org/contactcongress.cfm and email them and let them know we need a “Multicast/Equal Access” and "Net Neutrality" legislation to pass in the 110th Congress.

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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.


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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