Washington Weekly Review

December 21, 2007

Democrat-controlled Congress (with 11% approval rating) Leaves Town With Headlines Following Them such as: "Liberals lose -- Big Time" (Politico) & Christian Coalition Supporters Keep so-called "Hate Crimes," a homosexual special rights, bill from passing and Help Protect President Reagan's Pro-life "Mexico City" policy and Congressman Henry Hyde's Pro-life Amendment

Christian Coalition of America supporters helped gain many great pro-family victories as the first session of the Democrat-controlled 110th Congress ended with one of the Capitol Hill newspapers saying in a headline: "Liberals Lose -- Big Time." Republican Whip in the House of Representatives Roy Blunt, R-MO, has distributed a list of accomplishments made by those Members of Congress who believe in family values and principled conservative stands.

For example, Congressman Blunt said that the Democrats have deleted in the monstrous half-trillion omnibus bill - which included 12 of the 13 federal spending bills and which finally passed Congress (2 1/2 months late) - policy amendments which Republicans objected to such as: Relaxing President Reagan's pro-life Mexico City (family planning) policy and Congressman Henry Hyde's amendment denying federal funds for abortions. The Democrats also dropped their legislation allowing homosexual domestic partners in Washington D.C..

The powerful homosexual lobby also lost the Employment Non-discrimination Act legislation (ENDA), and the abominable "Hate Crimes" legislation which would have given special rights to homosexuals. Republican Whip Blunt also said that the Democrats were forced to finally pass the Republican-supported and Senate-passed Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) elimination for 23 million Americans which effectively stops the huge Democrat tax INCREASE. The string of Republican victories began when courageous Republicans in the House of Representatives upheld President Bush's SECOND veto of the very socialist SCHIP bill (which would have given free health care for the children of upper-middle class families, among other terrible provisions.) Conservatives in Congress also forced the Democrats to drop pork projects from a whopping 21,000 pork-filled amendments down to 8,300 (which is still 8,300 too many pork projects).

One of the three political newspapers on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C, "Politico" in an article entitled "Liberals lose -- Big Time" said in Tuesday's edition: "This much is clear: Democrats in Congress buckled under pressure from the White House to hold spending near the administration's specified limit, and they're poised to give the president more war money with no strings attached. But the buckling didn't stop there. Democratic policy priorities that liberals hoped would be included in the omnibus spending legislation were also left on the cutting-room floor. Under a veto threat, Democrats removed the reversal of a long-standing anti-abortion provision ("Mexico City" policy), abandoned long-sought provisions that would have loosened travel and trade restrictions on Cuba...." In addition the Democrats were not able to delete funding for abstinence education. The Omnibus bill which was passed by Congress was sent to President Bush for his signature included $115 million for abstinence education.

Regarding the huge tax increase (the Alternative Minimum Tax [AMT]) the Democrats were going to impose on 23 million Americans because they insisted on tax increase "offsets" for other Americans, the Republican Senate Leader, Mitch McConnell from Kentucky said: “Republicans provided the path forward to stop the middle class tax hike known as the AMT. Some Democrats in Congress insisted on a permanent tax increase for some Americans to temporarily stop the AMT from grabbing money from the wallets of millions of middle class Americans it was never intended to affect. If some Democrats had pursued this bipartisan path from the beginning, rather than insisting for months on a tax hike, millions of Americans wouldn’t be facing a delay in their tax return".

Senator McConnell went on to say: “I am pleased that Congress finally passed a bill to temporarily prevent 23 million Americans from paying higher taxes under the AMT without the Democratic leadership’s proposed $50 billion in permanent tax increases. It is unfortunate that the Democrats’ inaction will delay the delivery of tax refunds to 50 million taxpayers".

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The Overwhelming Majority (70 Senators) of the United States Senate Vote to FINALLY fund the troops in Iraq with $70 billion -- even more than President Bush had asked Congress for -- With No Democrat Surrender and "Cut and Run" Deadlines/"Washington Post" Headline said: "Antiwar Democrats Rebuffed in 70-25 Vote"

In Wednesday's "The Washington Post," in an article entitled "Iraq Funds Approved in Senate Budget Bill/Antiwar Democrats Rebuffed in 70-25 vote," it says: "The Senate last night approved a $555 bill ion omnibus spending bill to fund the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year (to October 1, 2008,) shortly after bowing to President Bush's demand for $70 billion in unrestricted funds for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Democrats had vowed only weeks ago to withhold any Iraq-specific money unless strict timelines for troop withdrawal were established, but they instead chose, on a 70 to 25 vote, to remove what appeared to be the final obstacle to sending the spending bill to the White House, where Bush has indicated he will sign it. Yesterday the "Washington Times" headlines read: "Party base slams top Democrats for yielding" and "Democrats surrender to Bush on budget bill".

Senators passed the omnibus bill, 76 to 17 in the middle of the night on Tuesday. The House of Representatives passed the omnibus bill on Wednesday afternoon before leaving Washington D.C. for their Christmas vacations. The troop funding amendment to the Omnibus bill passed 272-142 in the House of Representatives. Senator Trent Lott, R-MS, who is retiring soon said after the huge victory for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan: "We're doing the right thing here for our men and women in uniform."

The writing on the wall for this stupendous defeat for Senate liberals occurred a few weeks ago when the anti-war critic, Congressman John Murtha, returned from Iraq and said that the American military troops were winning. He said that the "surge is working." This became a huge problem for Nancy Pelosi and the other Democrat leaders in the House of Representatives. Earlier in the year, Congressman Murtha had said just the opposite about the war. Shortly after Congressman Murtha's decision, a top Democrat aide in the House of Representatives said: "This could be a real headache for us. (Speaker) Pelosi is going to be furious." And the rest is history.

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Senator Jim DeMint Introduces a bill, S. 2409, to Honor God in the U.S. Capitol Building's new Visitors' Center

Christian Coalition of America commends Senator Jim DeMint, Republican from South Carolina, for introducing legislation to honor God in the new United States Capitol Building Visitors' Center. The bill is: S. 2409: "HONORING GOD IN THE NEW CAPITOL VISITORS' CENTER".

Senator DeMint's bill when passed into law will make sure our national motto, "In God We Trust," and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag are prominently displayed in the United States Capitol Visitor Center on a permanent basis. The DeMint bill will also ensure that the Architect of the United States Congress will not remove or refuse to include language or other content from exhibits and materials relating to the Capitol Visitor Center on the grounds that the language or content includes a religious reference or Judeo-Christian content. The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. When Senator DeMint introduced it, he did so with Senators Michael Enzi from Wyoming and David Vitter From Louisiana as co-sponsors.

ACTION item: Call both of your Senators at 202-224-3121 or go to http://www.cc.org/contactcongress.cfm and ask them to co-sponsor Senator Jim DeMint's bill, S. 2409, which will ensure that God is honored in the new Capitol Visitors' Center.

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A Marriage Protection Amendment Has Been Certified for Florida's November 2008 Ballot

On Election Day, November 4, 2008, the state of Florida will undoubtedly be joining some 27 states which have passed state constitutional amendments banning homosexual "marriages." These state constitutional amendments have passed by an overwhelming margin of 70% approval. And voters in a number of other states are most likely to vote on a constitutional amendment to uphold traditional marriage between one man and one woman. Over 600,000 citizens signed the petition to put the Florida marriage constitutional amendment on the ballot next November.

The Florida constitutional marriage amendment reads: "Inasmuch as marriage is the legal union of only one man and one woman, no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized".

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Prison Fellowship's InnerChange Freedom Iniative is Approved by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals last week ruled on the side of Prison Fellowship's InnerChange Freedom Initiative, which could have been banned from all Iowa prisons. In the lawsuit, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State v. Prison Fellowship Ministries, the group -- the so-called Americans United for Separation of Church and State, whose name is based on a phrase not found anywhere in the founding documents of the United States of America -- bringing the lawsuit against Prison Fellowship actually won in a lower federal court. In fact, the federal judge Robert Pratt's decision would have forced Prison Fellowship to return $1.5 million to the state of Iowa, which could have basically ended the highly successful criminal rehabilitation program in Iowa.

The Bush Administration had to be encouraged over the decision of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the lower federal court's decision because since from the beginning of the Bush Administration, a faith-based program had been established across all segments of the federal government. The 8th Circuit Court made the decision that faith-based groups such as Prison Fellowship can no longer be excluded just because they are faith-based. The former justice of the Supreme Court, Sandra Day O'Connor was part of the 3-judge panel which reversed the lower federal court judge's decision.

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Democrat-controlled Senate Far Behind in Confirming President Bush's Judges to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals/Republican Leader Condemns the Slow Pace of the Senate Democrats

It is hard to believe that the Democrats -- with a Senate which has been meeting on the average 5 days each week since January when the Democrats took over -- have confirmed only 6 of President Bush's nominees to the United States Circuit Court of Appeals compared to an average of 17 judicial nominees (over a 2 year period) when the Congress is controlled by the party in opposition to the president. And the 6th judge confirmed to the federal appeals court was only approved early Wednesday morning. Bill Clinton had 15 of his liberal judges approved by the Republican-controlled Senate.

The Democrat leadership had promised the Republican leadership earlier in the year the Republican leadership in the Senate that there would be a hearing for one circuit court of appeals judicial nominee each month. The Democrats are far behind keeping such a promise with 11 months of the year gone by.

Earlier this month, the Republican Leader of the United States Senate, Senator Mitch McConnell from Kentucky said: "The Judiciary Committee needs to do a much better job processing circuit court nominations. Christmas will be here before we know it, and we’ve only had one hearing on one circuit court nomination since the summer recess, and we’ve had only five hearings for five circuit court nominees all year [Actually, 4 hearings]".

Senate Republican Leader went on to say: "During a comparable period in President Clinton's last Congress, the Republican-controlled Senate held hearings on 10 of President Clinton's circuit court nominees, including five after the August recess. We've had qualified circuit court nominees up here for months who satisfy the supposed criteria of the Democratic Majority. There is no good reason for the Judiciary Committee to bring progress on circuit court nominations to a standstill".

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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 (R-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.

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