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FamResCouncil: The Nightmare before Christmas

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The Nightmare before Christmas

It’s going to be tough sledding for Senate Democrats over Christmas–and not because of the snow. America’s rage over the leadership’s bill is exploding on all sides. With today’s early morning vote for cloture (the second of three), the Democrats are one step closer to their flights home, where rallies are already taking place at local offices. The biggest bulls-eye seems to be squarely on Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), who sold out his pro-life soul faster than you can say “Medicare exemption.”

Surprisingly, most of the fury over Nelson is homegrown. His state colleague, Sen. Mike Johanns (R) couldn’t distance himself from the Cornhusker fast enough, calling Nelson’s betrayal of his pro-life principles “reprehensible.” On the floor, Sen. Johanns said, “Nebraskans are frustrated and angry that our beloved state has been thrust into the same pot with all of the other special deals that get cut here. In fact… they’re outraged that a backroom deal for our state might have been what puts this deal across the finish line.” Even Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, whose budget stands to profit from the deal, said he wants no part of these special favors and made it quite clear that “the responsibility for this special deal lies solely on the shoulders of Senator Ben Nelson.”

If the beleaguered Senator hoped to find solace in the arms of the pro-abortion crowd, he was mistaken. They are just as irate. Some are even suggesting that the President sacrifice health care reform to squash the Nelson “compromise.” Yesterday, the pro-abortion caucus in Congress met with insurance providers and lawyers to find ways to understand it and defeat it.

But they needn’t have worried. In a new video uncovered today, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius praises Nelson’s language, because, according to the woman in charge of these reforms, it ensures that everyone will pay for abortion–no matter how the funds are divided up. Surely that news won’t sit well with voters, who are breaking on the pro-life side of this debate by a massive margin. According to a new Quinnipiac poll, Americans–by a huge three to one margin–are overwhelmingly opposed to using taxpayer dollars to fund abortion. Seventy-two percent of the country is now firmly on the side of Rep. Bart Stupak’s (D-Mich.) solution to ban the government’s financial involvement in the procedure. House and Senate conferees would do well to heed that warning when they come together to iron out their differences with the final bill, else this bill could collapse because of it.

While ObamaCare may seem inevitable, it is not! Disagreement over abortion is one of the many reasons this fight is far from over. Over at The Cloakroom Blog, you can check out at least seven more obstacles that could kill the bill for good. Why not take part in Number One: Public Revulsion? Ring in the New Year by ringing up your leaders! Join us in spending the next couple weeks calling, emailing, and visiting your House and Senate leaders. If you’ve run out of things to say, you could always sing. FRC’s Chris Curry put together some new lyrics to “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” that are sure to get you noticed! Also, don’t miss the first (and potentially last) appearance of the FRC Singers as they stumble through a satirical version of “Let It Snow!”

Cash for Cloture, Part 2

We pointed out yesterday that Planned Parenthood could qualify for up to $10 billion in Senator Reid’s grab bag health care bill as part of the goody given to Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.). Under Bernie’s buyoff, the leadership gave Vermont a pile of cash for “community health centers.” This taxpayer-funded prize was meant to win Sanders’s support after the Senate dropped the government takeover option for health care. Another vocal supporter of government run health care, Senator Roland Burris (D-Ill.), landed another big deal, worthy of his predecessor in the Senate, President Barack Obama.

According to The Weekly Standard’s John McCormack” pages 240 through 248 of the manager’s amendment, requires that six different agencies each establish an ‘Office of Minority Health.’ The agencies are the ‘Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.'” These new agencies would be tasked with doling out government grants to organizations like the scandal plagued ACORN as well as unions that are stalwart Democratic Party donors, the liberal George Soros group, and host of other ne’er-do-wells. Apparently, when it comes to taxpayer-funded grants there will be no distinction between a nice list and a naughty one.

Here We Come A-Rallying…

Based on feedback we’re getting from the seven million phone calls we’ve made into key states, you probably have a better chance of getting through to the big guy at the North Pole than the offices of some United States Senators. In my home state of Louisiana, about 150 sign-toting Americans joined me as I attempted to deliver one last appeal to Senator Mary Landrieu at her Baton Rouge office. To my utter amazement, I was turned away by federal security who told me her office was closed for the “holidays” and her staff on vacation. No wonder thousands of calls have gone unanswered. While the Senate is debating one of–if not the most–far-reaching pieces of legislation in the history of the U.S. Congress, the voices of citizens are being ignored. While the Senator’s vacationing staff could not take calls or letters from citizens, members of her press team were on site trying to spin the grassroots protest. People are outraged, and they should be!

Americans everywhere are putting their Christmas plans on hold to turn out by the thousands against the Senate version of health care reform. Less than 24-hours after the deal was announced for Ben Nelson, 2,000 people gathered to protest in Omaha . Today, they’re planning a second rally at Sen. Ben Nelson’s office (440 N. 8th, Lincoln, Neb.), complete with a clock counting down the days until he can be voted out of the Senate. Virginians are angry too, meeting tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. outside Sen. Jim Webb’s Falls Church Office (7309 Arlington Boulevard) to “just say NO to socialized medicine.” With the latest poll showing that Americans “mostly disapprove” of the health plan (53% to 35%), this is just a preview of things to come if the bill survives the Senate and heads to conference.

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