First time the 222-year-old U.S. Constitution had been read in its entirety on the House floor.


Lawmakers took turns reciting each verse and article of the document. Republicans in charge of the chamber rattled it off with missionary zeal, as if in a school civics class. Democrats pitched in, but with seemingly less ardor.

Historians said it was the first time the 222-year-old governing document had been read in its entirety on the House floor.

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“Faux” budget resolution passed by Dems in Congress. Can a “faux” Constitution be far behind?


Never before — since the creation of the Congressional budget process — has the House failed to pass a budget, failed to propose a budget then deemed the non-existent budget as passed as a means to avoid a direct, recorded vote on a budget, but still allow Congress to spend taxpayer money.

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Stop this “pernicious, unprincipled, and unconstitutional legislation” before it’s too late

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Top pro-life organizations are stepping up their efforts to oppose the DISCLOSE Act, a bill they say would place unfair limits on the free speech rights of pro-life groups and others when it comes to public legislative and election communications.

The House of Representatives may vote as soon as Thursday on the bill that the National Right to Life Committee says would place “sweeping new restrictions on the ability of” citizens groups to tell the public how their lawmakers voted.

In a letter yesterday to members of the House, NRLC reiterated its strong opposition to the bill, which it called “pernicious, unprincipled, and unconstitutional legislation.”

The House Democratic leadership has agreed to add a narrow “carve out” that will effectively exempt the National Rifle Association from some of the key restrictions in the bill, in return for which the NRA has agreed that it “will not be involved in final consideration of the House bill.”

But that has drawn objections from the pro-life group, which says, “With respect to the National Right to Life Committee, this amendment is not only worthless, but adds insult to injury” and calls the bill “a blatant political attack on the First Amendment rights of NRLC, our state affiliates, and our members and donors.”

The big problem for pro-life groups is a provision that would make them identify donors publicly anytime it runs communications in certain times that ask people to contact Congress about legislation related to pro-life concerns.

“Our members and supporters have a right to support our public advocacy about important and controversial issues without having their identifying information posted on the Internet, exposing them to harassment or retribution by those who may disagree with their beliefs,” NRLC says.

Full story at LifeNews.com

YOU Must Act Today to Stop Repeal of the Ban on Gays Openly Serving in the Military

Time is running out.

Tomorrow, May 27th, both the Senate and the House plan to vote on whether to repeal the long-standing statutory ban on homosexuals openly serving in the military. As a result of  the increased  pressure on the White house and Congress by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy groups, the vote is scheduled without first obtaining the planned Pentagon report due later in the year.

According to reports, Congressmen are being deluged with phone calls and mail to pressure them to repeal the ban.

Now it’s up to YOU! Please contact (phone or e-mail) the key senators listed below by tomorrow, May 27th. Let them know that you oppose repeal of the long-standing ban on gays openly serving in the military. Ask your family and friends to do the same.

Robert C. Byrd (D-West Virginia)         202-224-3954 (corrected #)
http://byrd.senate.gov//contacts/index.cfm?ID=54

Bill Nelson (Florida)                            202-224-5274
http://billnelson.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm

Evan Bayh (D-Indiana)                         202-224-5623
http://bayh.senate.gov/contact/email/

Jim Webb (D-Virginia)                        202-224-4024
http://webb.senate.gov/contact.cfm

Scott Brown (R-Massachusetts)             202-224-4543
http://scottbrown.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactme

Susan M. Collins (R-Maine)                   202-224-2523
http://collins.senate.gov/public/continue.cfm?FuseAction=ContactSenatorCollins.email

All you have to say or write is:

Please oppose any attempt to repeal or place a moratorium on the longstanding ban on gays openly serving in the military. The purpose of our military is to prepare for and prevail in combat.  It is not a place to experiment with social engineering.”

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Instantly send a message to your Congressmen – easy and free

Dear Friend,
Congress again is preparing to vote on health care reform. At this stage, it is difficult to predict how votes might unfold. It is very important that the language in the House-passed bill preventing abortion funding—the Stupak-Pitts Amendment—be incorporated in its essential features as a part of any final bill.

Votes could occur at any time. Please click on the link below to send a message to House and Senate Members! Act now!

What has happened up to this point in the health care reform debate? The U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have passed different bills. On the question of preventing abortion funding, the House language is good, the Senate language is unacceptable. Outside the abortion context, neither bill has adequate conscience protection for health care providers, plans or employers.

What’s next? The two chambers need to agree on a final bill. It is not clear how this will be achieved. There is discussion of using a reconciliation bill, a budget measure that in the Senate cannot be filibustered and needs only 51 votes to pass.

Analyses of the House and Senate-passed bills can be found on our website at: www.nchla.org/issues.asp?ID=51.

Thank you for all you do in support of life!
Sincerely,
Michael Taylor
Executive Director
NCHLA

Click the link below to log in and send your message:
http://actions.nchla.org/link/target/nchla/9MWgEWMF.aspx

A Pro-Life Message from my pal, David

Hi everybody, we just returned from the 2010 Washington D.C. March for Life.

You wouldn’t know it from any national news coverage, but nearly 300,000 people (young people and older people like myself, as well as many families) prayed, marched, and made personal visits to the offices of our elected representatives.

I look forward to talking with you in person, but after you read this, PLEASE CLICK HERE to participate in the National Right to Life (NRLC) E-CAMPAIGN for Life.

There, you’ll be able to get “up to speed” on all the latest developments and be able to conveniently send emails to your elected representatives, at no cost.

I just took action on this issue and thought you might find it useful to see what I wrote:

“Dear Senator/Congressman:

Supporting the family is the primary way to ensure a bright future for America.

Illinois’ abortion rate is at a ten year high, with a 37% increase in abortions on minors, especially those younger than 14. This is totally unacceptable! I strongly urge you to oppose any health care legislation that does not contain explicit and comprehensive prohibitions against federal abortion subsidies and federal abortion mandates.

The language of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, approved by the House of Representatives on November 7, 2009, is absolutely necessary in any health care bill. Passage of any health care bill without the “Stupak-Pitts Amendment” will be political suicide.

I need to know YOUR position on this critically important issue.

Research indicates that encouraging minors to get involved in sex before adulthood is destructive to society, and if trends are allowed to continue, nearly 65% of Americans will soon have NO extended families.

Stop trying to use band-aids as the alternative for real cures. Abortion as a form of  birth control is an abuse and misuse of America’s most important natural resource: We, the People!

It is also a grave sin.”

I encourage you not to be silent as the majority was after 1973 Roe vs. Wade. Hey, I know you love your families…Right?  Then take another important step for their future.

And if our elected representatives don’t listen to us,
WE, THE PEOPLE, WILL REPLACE THEM, IN NOVEMBER!

May all Americans accept the blessings God sends, one baby at a time.

David S.

Photo:LifesiteNews.com

Subsidiarity and Scott Brown

… many rightly are asking – if Scott Brown supports abortion, is CatholicVote happy that he was elected? Let me explain.

First, Senator-elect Scott Brown opposes using taxpayer funds for abortion, opposes partial-birth abortion, and supports other laws that would provide parents and women notice, counseling, and information prior to an abortion. But his opponent Martha Coakley was proudly 100% pro-abortion.

Scott Brown is certainly not an ideal candidate. After all, he supports Roe v. Wade! So the question must be asked — how should faithful Catholics, Christians, and dedicated activists that want to build a culture of life respond — how do we fit in?

Do you remember the ‘S’ word?

The ‘s’ word is subsidiarity. And Scott Brown’s win was a victory for subsidiarity – a key principle of Catholic social doctrine, and a foundational principle of American self-government.

The surge that propelled Scott Brown into office was largely a response to Congress’ overreach on health care. Americans of both political parties, and huge numbers of independents elected Scott Brown because of what he represents – a chance to stop the government first “reform” crusade. And because Scott Brown was elected, the health care ‘reform’ debacle may finally be stopped.

The Power of People

Subsidiarity simply means that issues ought to be solved by the smallest and least centralized competent authority. Families, charities, churches and local communities, and even states ought to be the primary instruments of political change — as opposed to a massive bureaucratic centralized federal government.

And thus, while Scott Brown is ultimately wrong about abortion, he is definitely right in urging us to think anew about the proper size and role of government in a free society. And for this reason, CatholicVote is happy he won.

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