Lost in the hub-bub of the abortion battle we reported on today, was the fact that Senate Democrats killed a proposal to require immigrants to “prove their identity with photo identification when signing up for health insurance or tax credits under healthcare reform.” (Jeffrey Young, “Senators Turn Back ID Requirement For Immigrant Healthcare,” The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room, 9/30/09)
It doesn’t take a village to raise a kid, but your neighbors sure can be of some help. That is of course unless you live in Michigan. Apparently if you live in Michigan and you look after one of your neighbors’ kids, you are violating the law. You see, big brother doesn’t like it when you play good neighbor. You can’t be trusted. The government on the other hand, well there’s no use in arguing, it knows best.
Earlier we shed some light on Senator Debbie Stabenow‘s (D-MI) opposition to two amendments today regarding the use of tax payer funds to pay for abortions and conscientious objectors. We thought you might like some additional information on Stabenow’s support of the pro-abortion lobby.
It’s an inconvenient truth for some and an unwelcome reality for others, but federal tax dollars are being used for abortion. In 1976, Congress passed the Hyde Amendment, named after former Rep. Henry Hyde (R-IL), which prohibited the use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortions, with the exception of life of the mother, through Medicaid.
Just as we were digging into tax dollars being used to pay for abortions for a later post, we get this update from Politico that another amendment offered by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) was defeated. This amendment would “have prohibited discrimination against health care providers who refuse to provide abortion services. The amendment failed 10-13 with Democratic Sen. Conrad and Republican Sen. Snowe crossing party lines.” (Chris Frates, “Second Abortion Amendment Fails,” Politico, 9/30/09)
Carrie Budoff Brown is reporting over at Politico that Senator Orrin Hatch‘s (R-UT) amendment to prohibit tax dollars from being used to pay for abortion in the health care overhaul died in committee in a 10-13 vote.
Fancy that, the notion that people are personally responsible for health insurance. You’d never know it with Democrats pushing ObamaCare so hard.
Rasmussen out with a poll that finds only 30% of Americans have “at least some confidence” in the United Nations’ ability to fight terrorism. 9% are highly confident in the UN’s ability to combat terror. (“30% Confident In U.N. To Fight Terrorism,” Rasmussen Reports, 9/30/09)
You’ve heard the saying that making legislation is a lot like making sausage. Well according to Jordan Fabain of The Hill at Blog Briefing Room, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has been accused of making fudge, as in “fudging” a quote in his autobiography. As Fabian’s blog posting notes, it’s a case of he said, he said, and one of them is now deceased.
The question is, should Harry be given the benefit of the doubt? Past history tells us the good Senator from Nevada has a history of making fudge.
On Monday we noted that Obama had only talked to General Stanley McChrystal once since assuming command in Afghanistan.
Now Jordyn Phelps at ABC News' Political Punch Blog is reporting that yes, Obama has only spoken to McChrystal once, but the President gets a weekly memo.