Washington Weekly Review

February 11, 2008

Senate Republicans Block Pork-filled Democrat "Stimulus" Bill - Force Democrats to Adopt Bill Similar to Pelosi/Bush/Boehner Bipartisan Economic Growth Package - President Bush to Sign Revised Bill (NO Benefits for Illegal Aliens) Allowing First Checks to be Sent to 130 million American Families in May

Last week, the Senate Republicans had a great victory over the Democrat majority and defeated their bloated $205 Billion "stimulus" bill loaded with pork including jobless insurance extensions, home heating subsidies, extra Social Security payments and many other socialist programs. Instead, the Republicans won a victory by getting rid of the loophole in the bill passed by the House of Representatives two weeks ago giving benefits to illegal aliens, which most Republicans and conservative Democrats who voted for it in the Houses were unaware of when they voted for it.

Instead of the Bipartisan Economic Growth Package ($146 Billion) passed by the House developed by Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Republican Leader John Boehner and President George W. Bush, which passed quickly within days of President Bush's State of the Union speech, the Senate ended up voting for a $168 Billion bill which added 20 million seniors and 250,000 disabled veterans (and widows) to be recipients of checks beginning this May. Senators passed their bill by a margin of 81-16. Then the House passed this same bill by a 380-34 and sent the bill to President Bush who will sign it into law this Wednesday.

Those conservative Republicans Senators voting no to the more expansive Senate Economic Growth Package were:

  • Sen. Wayne Allard, CO
  • Sen. John Barrasso, WY
  • Sen. Tom Coburn, OK
  • Sen. Bob Corker, TN
  • Sen. Larry Craig, ID
  • Sen. Mike Crapo, ID
  • Sen. Jim DeMint, SC
  • Sen. John Ensign, NV
  • Sen. Michael Enzi, WY
  • Sen. Judd Gregg, NH
  • Sen. Chuck Hagel, NE
  • Sen. James Inhofe, OK
  • Sen. Jon Kyl, AZ
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski, AK
  • Sen. Jeff Sessions, AL
  • Sen. Richard Shelby, AL

President Bush said following the Senate's passage of the Economic Growth Package: "Today the Senate amended that bill in ways I can support. This plan is robust, broad-based, timely, and it will be effective. This bill will help to stimulate consumer spending and accelerate needed business investment. This economic growth package is an example of bipartisan cooperation at a time when the American people most expect it. I thank members of both parties and both houses for their efforts to advance this important legislation".

When President Bush signs the bill on Wednesday, individuals who pay taxes will get $600; working couples would receive $1,200 beginning in May. 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 Economic Growth Package also includes more generous expensing and depreciation rules for business in 2008 which help the cash flows of these businesses.

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Christian Coalition of America condemns the City of Berkeley, California for Demanding the United States Marine Corps Close their Recruiting Station and for Allowing the Anti-war Socialist Code Pink Ladies to Harass the Marines and their Recruited Young People

Recently, the city of Berkeley, California -- home of aging hippies from the discredited 1960's Berkeley anti-war and anti-everything-establishment protest period -- extended their war against America to the United States Marine Corps. In an almost unanimous decision (8-1,) the Berkeley City Council demanded the Marines close their recruiting station in the city. At the same meeting, these 8 aging hippies and naive young narcissists voted to give the protest group, Code Pink -- which made the anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan a household name a couple summers ago -- special privileges to harass the Marines and young people who were being recruited with all kinds of loud noise devices once a week over a 6-month period.

Thankfully, the United States Congress is stepping into this fray. On Wednesday, Congressman John Campbell, R-CA, introduced the "Semper Fi Act."

If readers do not see their Congressman listed here as co-sponsors of the "Semper Fi Act," (H.R. 5222) they should contact their Congressman and urge them to support the bill.

  • Rep Bachus, Spencer [AL-6]
  • Rep Boehner, John A. [OH-8]
  • Rep Bonner, Jo [AL-1]
  • Rep Boustany, Charles W., Jr. [LA-7]
  • Rep Brady, Kevin [TX-8]
  • Rep Broun, Paul C. [GA-10]
  • Rep Burgess, Michael C. [TX-26]
  • Rep Burton, Dan [IN-5]
  • Rep Calvert, Ken [CA-44]
  • Rep Cannon, Chris [UT-3]
  • Rep Capito, Shelley Moore [WV-2]
  • Rep Carter, John R. [TX-31]
  • Rep Conaway, K. Michael [TX-11]
  • Rep Cubin, Barbara [WY]
  • Rep Davis, Geoff [KY-4]
  • Rep Fallin, Mary [OK-5]
  • Rep Feeney, Tom [FL-24]
  • Rep Flake, Jeff [AZ-6]
  • Rep Forbes, J. Randy [VA-4]
  • Rep Foxx, Virginia [NC-5]
  • Rep Franks, Trent [AZ-2]
  • Rep Gingrey, Phil [GA-11]
  • Rep Gohmert, Louie [TX-1]
  • Rep Goodlatte, Bob [VA-6]
  • Rep Hall, Ralph M. [TX-4]
  • Rep Hensarling, Jeb [TX-5]
  • Rep Herger, Wally [CA-2]
  • Rep Hunter, Duncan [CA-52]
  • Rep Issa, Darrell E. [CA-49]
  • Rep Johnson, Sam [TX-3]
  • Rep Keller, Ric [FL-8]
  • Rep King, Peter T. [NY-3]
  • Rep King, Steve [IA-5]
  • Rep Kline, John [MN-2]
  • Rep Lamborn, Doug [CO-5]
  • Rep Mack, Connie [FL-14]
  • Rep McCarthy, Kevin [CA-22]
  • Rep McCaul, Michael T. [TX-10]
  • Rep McCotter, Thaddeus G. [MI-11]
  • Rep McHenry, Patrick T. [NC-10]
  • Rep Miller, Jeff [FL-1]
  • Rep Pitts, Joseph R. [PA-16]
  • Rep Poe, Ted [TX-2]
  • Rep Putnam, Adam H. [FL-12]
  • Rep Rehberg, Dennis R. [MT]
  • Rep Rogers, Mike J. [MI-8]
  • Rep Rohrabacher, Dana [CA-46]
  • Rep Saxton, Jim [NJ-3]
  • Rep Schmidt, Jean [OH-2]
  • Rep Sessions, Pete [TX-32]
  • Rep Shuster, Bill [PA-9]
  • Rep Souder, Mark E. [IN-3]
  • Rep Sullivan, John [OK-1]
  • Rep Tiahrt, Todd [KS-4]
  • Rep Tiberi, Patrick J. [OH-12]
  • Rep Walberg, Timothy [MI-7]
  • Rep Wamp, Zach [TN-3]
  • Rep Wilson, Joe [SC-2]

Senator Jim DeMint, R-SC, has introduced the same bill, "Semper Fi Act" (no Senate number assigned yet) in the United States Senate and is looking for co-sponsors. It is beyond imagination why a city council would go so far beyond the boundaries of decency to spite the very institution which allows them to make such asinine decisions in the first place. "Have they no decency sir," as Senator Joseph McCarthy was asked during his Senate inquisition. And, as you can read in the Berkeley Council's agenda, they do indeed have no decency.

The city council agenda reads: "Encourage(s) all people to avoid cooperation with the Marine Corps recruiting station, and applaud residents and organizations such as Code Pink, that may volunteer to impede, passively or actively, by nonviolent means, the work of any military recruiting office located in the City of Berkeley".

Congressman Campbell's bill, supported by the Christian Coalition of America, will, "rescind all of the funding contained in the Omnibus Appropriations Act for the City of Berkeley, CA and transfer those funds to the Marines. This (bill) is in response to Berkeley’s City Council's recent vote to tell the Marines to close their recruiting station in the city. With this vote, they told the Marines recruiting office is not welcome in our city, and if recruiters choose to stay, they do so as uninvited and unwelcome intruder".

ACTION ITEM: Request your Member of the House of Representatives at 202-225-3121 and your 2 Senators at 202-224-3121, or you can go to http://www.cc.org/contactcongress.cfm and ask them to become co-sponsors of the "Semper Fi Act". (Congressman Campbell's bill, H.R. 5222 in the House; Senator DeMint's bill not yet introduced).

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National Football League Just Before the Super Bowl Brazenly Targets Churches Which Have Super Bowl Parties with Large TV Screens for their Members - Democrat Congressman (former NFL QB) Heath Shuler to Introduce Legislation Allowing Such Screenings by Churches since Sports Bars are Allowed Same Privilege

Just before the Super Bowl game last Sunday, the National Football League (NFL) brazenly targeted churches around America which had -- during the past years -- set up Super Bowl parties in their churches or other facilities for the purpose of fun and fellowship, and sometimes prayer amongst their church members and sometimes for reaching out to non-churched members of their community. The churches would normally show the Super Bowl game on big screens. The NFL bans public exhibitions of its games on television sets or screens larger than 55 inches because smaller sets limit the audience.

Last Friday, "The Washington Post" reported that the 200-member Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, Virginia -- which for years has held their Super Bowl party in their church's fellowship hall -- cancelled their event this year because of a lawsuit threat from another Goliath, the NFL. Immanuel Bible Church stopped their wonderful annual event this year because the NFL -- in their attempt to emulate the ‘Enrons’ of this world -- said that these churches violate the NFL copyright and that the NFL loses some revenue as a result of these annual church gatherings.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. "We have no objection to churches and others hosting Super Bowl parties as long as they ... show the game on a television of the type commonly used at home," he said. "It is a matter of copyright law." Church members all over America are not happy with the NFL bullying them. At the same time, sports bars all around the United States are allowed to show the Super Bowl game on big screens in their facilities. Congress years ago allowed this exemption for sports bars many years ago. However, it is time for Congress to exempt churches also.

The churches are not going to lay down without a fight. They will make a 2-prong fight against the NFL, in the judiciary and in the United States Congress which makes copyright law. The "Washington Post" article entitled "NFL Pulls Plug on Big-Screen Church Parties for Super Bowl" reported that "John Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute, a Charlottesville, VA, civil liberties group that focuses on religious freedom issues, is threatening to sue the NFL on behalf of an Alabama church that wants to host a big-screen Super Bowl party. He is also seeking sponsors for federal legislation to exempt churches from the ban. 'It's ridiculous,' Whitehead said. 'You can go into these stores now and buy 100-inch screens. The law is just outdated.'"

Last Saturday, "The Wall Street Journal," in an article entitled "God vs. Gridiron; As Church Super Bowl Parties are Busted by NFL, Some Pastors Try End Runs," reported that "the restrictions are based on federal copyright laws that give (NFL) owners protection."

Because of this year's attack by the NFL against Super Bowl church parties, the NFL's protection is now in danger of being broached by the United States Congress. Without a doubt, most Americans, especially church members, will support the churches in this new David vs. Goliath battle. As reported in the WSJ article, Democrat Congressman Heath Shuler, from North Carolina, a former Washington Redskins quarterback, says that if the National Football League won't budge, he plans to draft federal legislation that would exempt churches from the screen-size restrictions.

Congressman Shuler says: "It's unfortunate that the NFL has been given exception to sports bars. If they're going to give exceptions, let's give one to faith groups that are having a positive influence on people's lives". Before the next Super Bowl is played, Christian Coalition of America intends to do whatever is necessary to get legislation passed and signed into law ending the NFL's discrimination against churches, including any legislation which Congressman Shuler may introduce.

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Florida Traditional Marriage Amendment Allowed -- by the Florida Division of Elections -- on the Ballot on November 4th, Which Will Pass Overwhelmingly as Did the Constitutional Amendments in 27 Other States which Banned Homosexual "Marriages"

Earlier this month, the Florida Division of Elections made the decision to allow the Florida Marriage Amendment -- preventing "marriage" between homosexuals -- on the ballot on November 4, 2008. Over 92,000 petitions were collected in just a 2 week period; 611,009 petitions were required before the February 1st deadline. The amendment has the definition of marriage as the union between one man and one woman and will not allow homosexual "marriage," polygamy, and group marriage, in the state of Florida.

Even though in December, the Florida Division of Elections said that there were more than enough petitions collected by amendment supporters, it then reported that some 30,000 of the petitions submitted were thrown out which caused a shortage of 22,000 petitions.

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House Committee on Foreign Affairs Scheduled to Review the Global HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008 which Reauthorizes HIV/AIDS Prevention Efforts Worldwide/Pro-abortion Committee Members Fighting to Remove Requirement that 33% of Prevention Funds be Used for Abstinence and Faithfulness Efforts

On Valentine's day, Thursday, Feb. 14th, the Foreign Affairs Committee in the United States House of Representatives is scheduled to review the Global HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008 which reauthorizes HIV/AIDS prevention efforts worldwide commonly known as the bipartisan President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR.) The Chairman of the Committee, Tom Lantos, D-CA., a Holocaust survivor, passed away today, so the vote will undoubtedly be postponed.

President George W. Bush initiated this $15 billion AIDS prevention in Africa program -- with emphasis on abstinence/faithfulness -- some five years ago and it has been very successful. Now, the committee pro-abortion Members are fighting to remove the requirement that 33% of the prevention funds be used for abstinence and faithfulness efforts which has been highly successful in stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS.

The bottom line is that most pro-life groups believe that the effort by pro-abortion committee members -- supported by radical pro-abortion groups -- is a bald-faced attempt to provide pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood, opportunities to get their blood-stained hands on multi-billions of additional hard-earned American tax dollars.

The Christian Coalition of America strongly opposes the effort by the pro-abortion members on the House Foreign Affairs Committee to cut off funding for abstinence/faithfulness programs and instead to use this taxpayer-funding for abortionists and for abortion organizations such as the infamous International Planned Parenthood.

The Republican Leader of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, R-OH, said last Thursday that this successful program in combating AIDS in Africa would be in jeopardy if Democrats move ahead with plans to make changes that will support abortions. Congressman Boehner said that Chairman Lantos' proposal to renew the five-year, $15 million anti-AIDS effort with Lantos' intent to use abstinence-faithfulness funds for abortion "will undermine this valuable program as we know it, placing at risk the work it does on behalf of millions".

President Bush is travelling to Africa this month and his has urged Congress to double funding to $30 billion over the next five years. The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is now treating 1.4 million people, with the focus on 15 mostly sub-Saharan African nations.

The following Members of the House of Representatives are leading the effort to stop the efforts by the pro-abortion members of the committee to delete abstinence/faithfulness funding turning this funding into yet another abortion stream:

  • Congressmen Chris Smith, R-NJ
  • Mike Pence, R-IN
  • Joe Pitts, R-PA
  • Jeb Hensarling, R-TX (Chairman of the House Republican Study Committee)
  • Steve Chabot, R-OH
  • Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave, R-CO

At a press conference last week attended by these Members, Congressman Chris Smith said: "As written, the bill shatters, and I hope not irrevocably, the requisite bipartisan cooperation and goodwill needed to craft a sustainable, more generously funded HIV/AIDS program…No child should suffer the cruelty of abortion because U.S. legislation integrated and enhanced the role of pro-abortion organizations in PEPFAR".

The pro-abortion Democrat bill will remove a provision stating that all groups receiving money under the program must sign a pledge confirming that they do not support the legalization of prostitution or sex trafficking. However, the groups still may provide condoms or condom information to prostitutes. This provision authored by Congressman Chris Smith, was designed to 'ensure that pimps and brothel owners don't become U.S. government partners'".

ACTION ITEM: Request your Member of the House of Representatives at 202-225-3121 or you can go to http://www.cc.org/contactcongress.cfm and ask them to oppose Chairman Tom Lantos' bill for AIDS/HIV funding, unless changes are made to stop using American taxpayers' dollars for funding abortions.

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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.

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

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

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