Wednesday, September 11, 2013

[Peninsula-Patriots] Fw: Fwd: Conservatives to Congress: Reject this Continuing Resolution!

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Subject: Conservatives to Congress: Reject this Continuing Resolution!

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Conservatives to Congress: Reject this Continuing Resolution!
Conservatives are united in opposing this Continuing Resolution.  Whether because it leaves Obamacare completely intact or because it exceeds the sequestration spending cap of $967 for FY 2014, this CR is unacceptable to conservatives.  Even worse than a straightforward "clean" CR, the proposed House rule allowing for consideration of the CR contains a procedural gimmick designed to give the appearance that Obamacare is not being funded, while giving the Senate the ability to easily fully restore funding for Obamacare.  After five weeks of hearing their constituents demand action on Obamacare and spending, members of Congress cannot kick the can down the road and use legislative tricks just to avoid actually fighting to end Obamacare and address spending.  The time to act is now.  We cannot support and will actively oppose this irresponsible rule and Continuing Resolution.

Heritage Action Opposes Defund Gimmick
Washington - Today, House leaders announced a legislative gimmick to avoid defunding Obamacare.  Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:  "This is a legislative gimmick designed to provide political cover to those who are unwilling to fight to defund Obamacare.  Any constituent who looks at this vote will know it is intended to look like a vote to defund Obamacare while failing to do so.  The American people are tired of gimmicks, and it is our expectation that no conservative in Congress will try to deceive their constituents by going along with this cynical ploy."  If the House Rules Committee reports a rule that allows for the simultaneous consideration of a continuing resolution and an H.Con.Res that provides the Senate an escape hatch to fund Obamacare, Heritage Action will key vote against the rule.
Family Research Council Calls on House to Oppose Rule on Continuing Resolution, Urges Defunding Obamacare 
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Family Research Council (FRC) today announced its opposition to the House of Representatives' Rule as reported in the news that provides for a short-term Continuing Resolution to fund the government.
FRC has been at the forefront of opposing Obamacare over what can only be described as a government takeover of healthcare. FRC rallied opposition to the taxpayer funding of abortion contained in the law, set to begin enrolling people October 1, and has opposed the administration's HHS mandate which violates the fundamental right to religious freedom.
Of the House Rule on the Continuing Resolution, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins made the following comments:
"The House Rule on the Continuing Resolution spending bill purports to 'defund Obamacare' but only provides a cover vote on defunding Obamacare without any teeth. The Rule simply does not stop this onerous law from going into effect.
"We support defunding Obamacare, as that would stop funding for abortion which this law forces on Americans. However, the Rule provides for a side-by-side provision to defund Obamacare that when sent to the Senate can be ignored by Senator Harry Reid.
"This Rule also does not provide the necessary protections for religious freedom, a fundamental constitutional right, since the HHS mandate is already forcing companies to violate their religious freedoms and will harm non-profit religious organizations beginning next year. Obamacare will fund and subsidize abortion, violate religious liberties, and will impose government control over Americans' health care.
"We must defund or repeal this abortion-funding and religious freedom-gutting health care law whether on the CR or other must-pass legislation. Congress must get serious about defunding this law and about protecting religious freedoms. This Rule provides for neither and we urge opposition to it," concluded Perkins.
Bozell on GOP CR Plan: "Nothing More Than a Cheap Parliamentary Trick"
September 10, 2013 
"To those rank and file members playing this three card monte game, I can say only one thing: Get ready for some primaries."
RESTON, Va. - ForAmerica Chairman Brent Bozell today released the following statement regarding the House Republican Leadership's press conference this morning.
"The latest move announced today by Speaker Boehner and House Republican leadership is nothing more than a cheap parliamentary trick. Once again these Republican 'leaders' have failed to commit to defund ObamaCare by any means necessary. Instead they are hiding behind smoke and mirrors by 'putting the responsibility on the Senate' to defund ObamaCare. Conservatives and the tea party are fed up with these stupid government tricks. Now it's the GOP leadership playing them. What they didn't say was that the vote they will push to the Senate to defund ObamaCare is meaningless and won't get the job done -- and they know it. It is a slap -- a cynical, dishonest slap -- across the face of everyone who voted for them.  This will cost them.  If they do not defund ObamaCare by any means necessary the GOP will own it and they will pay a hefty political price for breaking their promise. To those rank and file members playing this three card monte game, I can say only one thing: Get ready for some primaries."  
Key Vote NO on Any Continuing Resolution that Funds ObamaCare
As one of our millions of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to contact your representative and urge him or her to vote NO on the upcoming Continuing Resolution if it contains further funding for ObamaCare. FreedomWorks will score against any Continuing Resolution that contains funding for the further implementation or enforcement of ObamaCare, and may score any procedural vote towards that end.
With the so-called Affordable Care Act set to take full effect in just a few short months, it has become perfectly clear that the law is not ready for prime time, even aside from its inherent shortcomings. Multiple states are having difficulty getting their health insurance exchanges ready to enroll customers by October 1st. Many of the nation's largest insurance companies are withholding participation in these exchanges as well, thus decreasing the competition that would supposedly keep prices down. And, of course, the administration has arbitrarily (and possibly illegally) conceded that major portions of the law cannot be enforced for at least a year, greatly increasing the likelihood of massive subsidy fraud and identity theft in the government exchanges.
These delays, aside from proving that the law is not ready, are also causing ObamaCare's enforcement to become even more flagrantly unfair. Having already granted waivers to an assortment of well-connected companies and organizations, the administration has granted big business a one-year stay on the employer mandate, while still planning to enforce the mandate that individuals must purchase insurance or face a fine.
Besides being unfair and unready, the Affordable Care Act is also unaffordable, both for many of those who are being forced to purchase insurance and for country as a whole. Many individuals in most states will see their insurance premiums increase sharply, and this is particularly true for young adults, who will bear much of the financial burden of supporting the flood of older, less healthy individuals into the insurance rolls. For conservatives in Congress who claim to be for reducing the federal government's out-of-control spending, defunding ObamaCare would also be a major step towards that goal, saving tens of billions of dollars in 2014 alone.
For all of these reasons, it is clear that ObamaCare's implementation, and its costly entitlement spending, must be halted before its disastrous debut in 2014. Congress has voted dozens of times to repeal, defund, and dismantle ObamaCare in bills that had no chance to pass, but has failed for more than three years to take a decisive stand on a must-pass bill. The Continuing Resolution provides Republicans with their best, and perhaps last, chance to do the job they were sent to Washington to do - to stop the government's takeover of health care.
I urge you to call your representative and ask him or her to vote NO on any upcoming Continuing Resolution that contains further funding for ObamaCare. We will count their vote, and potentially any procedural votes, as KEY VOTEs when calculating FreedomWorks' Economic Freedom Scorecard for 2013. The Scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the FreedomFighter Award, which recognizes Members of Congress who consistently vote to support economic freedom.
The Club for Growth urges all House members to vote "NO" on the rule for the FY14 Continuing Resolution (H.J.Res.___). Consideration of the bill is scheduled for later this week. The vote on the rule will be included in the Club's 2013 Congressional Scorecard.
For several weeks now, the Club has urged lawmakers to defund ObamaCare in the FY14 continuing resolution. Rather than fight to defund ObamaCare, or to even have an honest debate about it, House leaders have decided to go with a "smoke and mirrors" strategy that avoids the issue. Therefore, we urge lawmakers to oppose the rule.
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On behalf of more than two million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I urge you to oppose the continuing resolution because it establishes discretionary budget authority for a portion of fiscal year 2014 above $967 billion, the level established in the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA) as modified by subsequent fiscal legislation.
I urge you to vote NO on the continuing resolution because it exceeds $967 billion. Americans for Prosperity will include this vote in our congressional scorecard.
This is a critical moment in the fight to get federal spending under control. Congress must stand firm behind its promise to restrain runaway spending.  The sequester mechanism is in place to remind both Congress and the President that they have already agreed what fiscal year 2014's spending levels will be.  Passing a continuing resolution above $967 billion will trigger the same across-the-board cuts that ushered in President Obama's histrionics earlier this year.  It is much better spending policy to simply pass a continuing resolution at the proper level and remove the sequester mechanism from the process.
As AFP stated in March after sequestration took effect: "Speaker Boehner and the GOP House members deserve credit for the standing firm in the face of the President's campaign of threats and intimidation and insisting that the sequester cuts go into effect. If we are going to get job creation and economic prosperity moving again our nation must rein in government overspending that is crowding out private sector innovation and momentum."
The proposed continuing resolution breaks this agreement by extending the fiscal year 2013 discretionary budget authority of $988 billion. This represents a spending increase relative to the BCA caps.  Extending the current level beyond September 30 and relying on the sequester to bring levels back down later is poor budgeting and Congress should avoid such an outcome.
I urge you to vote NO on the continuing resolution because it exceeds $967 billion. Americans for Prosperity will include this vote in our congressional scorecard.
ALG urges 'no' vote on continuing resolution rule that funds Obamacare
September 10, 2013
Fairfax, VA-Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement urging members of the House of Representatives to defeat the rule for the continuing resolution that will allow funding for Obamacare:
"House Republicans should stand firm against parliamentary tricks that allow the funding of Obamacare while providing 'political cover' through a meaningless vote to 'defund' the law that the Senate can simply ignore. Passage of a continuing resolution that funds Obamacare would make House Republicans 100 percent complicit in the implementation of the law. A vote for this rule is nothing more than an attempt to pull the wool over the eyes of the American people and is a direct assault on the promises House Republicans made in 2010 when seeking election to 'fight efforts to fund the costly health care law.'"
The Ruling Elite is up to it again. They want you to think they have voted for defunding while actually not doing anything meaningful - once again.
The gist of it is this:
1. The House will pass a Continuing Resolution that funds Obamacare and, simultaneously, will pass a concurrent resolution that defunds Obamacare. The two bills will be 'enrolled' as if they were one bill - so one vote passes two bills at the same time.  The Clerk of the House will send to the Senate the concurrent resolution that defunds Obamacare but includes funding for the rest of the government, and will hold the 'clean' continuing resolution at the desk until the Senate votes on the concurrent resolution that defunds Obamacare.
2. After passage in the House, the Senate has to have an up/down vote on the concurrent resolution with the defund language before the continuing resolution can move to the Senate. This is yet another show vote. Because there is no price to be paid for voting it down and continuing to fund Obamacare, it has no binding leverage tied to it. It is truly a vote just for appearances.
3. After the Senate has the show vote on defund, the Senate may then pass the "clean" continuing resolution, which will then go to the President for his signature without having to go back to the House of Representatives. This continuing resolution would fund the government and would have no binding impact on defunding Obamacare in any way.
The Ruling Elite thinks another game, trick and lie to the people is acceptable. It is not.
The ruling elite in the House thinks that what we want is recorded votes in the House and Senate.  They are wrong.   What we want is for them to stop funding Obamacare.
Obamcare is not ready for big business, big labor, or big government and Obamacare is not ready for the American people. Congress must pass a Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government for all of fiscal year 2014 that binds the defund Obamacare effort - you must stop spending of any kind on Obamacare in 2014.
We have heard enough meaningless, empty promises from the Congress and it is time for action. No more games. No more tricks. No more lies. Exempt America and Defund Obamcare Now.

Citizens United and our 500,000 members and supporters are united behind a CR that does not fund Obamacare. They also support a "no" vote on any rule put up by House leadership that seeks to undermine that effort. For the House leadership to use gimmicks and try to pull the wool over the eyes of conservatives will no doubt fail and fail miserably. They should avoid the embarrassment and have a straight defund vote for the CR. The conservative movement is united by this message and House leadership must follow

It was a historic election. The public rallied and came out to replace the man the public felt had betrayed them.
Here came a candidate promising real hope. The candidate promised real change. The candidate promised that he would not make the mistakes of the past. He'd be no George W. Bush. He'd be honest. He'd fight for what was right. He'd put the middle class ahead of powerful special interests.
He promised to roll back the clock on a Washington that had grown too out of touch and too corrupt to unite the land and stimulate the economy.
So the voters went into the ballot box in 2010 and elected that candidate. In 2012, the voters went back to the polls and voted for him again. Of course I'm not talking about Barack Obama. I'm talking about your local "tea party" Republican.
He is in Washington now, on his second term. He told you all along he was going to roll back Obamacare. He would do what it took. He understood that the Democrats were willing to risk their majority to pass Obamacare so Republicans must be willing to risk their majority to repeal Obamacare. They must go to the mat. They must pull out all the stops. They must do anything and everything to stop Obamacare.
Now, on the eve of the exchanges, Republicans in Washington refuse to fight. They want another symbolic vote. They want to hug it out. They want you to know how very much they oppose Obamacare, but by God please don't make them fight it. The government might shut down. They would get the blame.
Of course they will always get the blame. They don't realize what is going on. The media is solidly lined up against them. The media is always lined up against them. It is the voters that matter. And the voters like winners. So they must win. They must, even in the face of a shutdown, hold the line and defund Obamacare.
Unless they do this - unless they are willing to fall into the abyss and stay there until the other side folds - we lose. The nation loses. Obamacare begins.
The candidate disappoints. He may be inspiring a third party and not even know it. The odds are that he is. And for toying with his voters, for telling them what they want to hear and not telling them how attached he is now to title and position and his fear of losing it at the ballot box, he will deserve defeat - even by the Democrats. At least they're honest about their end game.
We should not want Democrats to beat Republicans. But then we should not want our Republican leaders to lie to us either and work against us behind closed doors.
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