Thursday, January 20, 2011

House Republicans - #2575 - VIDEO: Thursday: Robert Hurt Delivers Remarks About Health Care on the House Floor (2) VIDEO: GOP Introduces Ban on Federal Funding for Abortion - Interview with Rep. Kristi Noem - Hot Air (3) House Begins Probe Into 222 Waivers for Obamacare (4) GOP Fearing Up for EPA Fight in House and Senate - Hot Air


Robert Hurt Delivers Remarks About Health Care on the House Floor -“Thank you, Mister Speaker.  “Mister Speaker, the repeal of the health care law and beginning the process of replacing it with market oriented solutions that reduce health care costs are important steps in the right direction for the people of the 5th District of Virginia and for our nation as a whole.  “Having heard from so many of my constituents on this issue, I believe that it is essential that we repeal the government takeover of health care that raises costs, increases taxes, imposes burdensome mandates on small businesses, and jeopardizes quality medical care for our people. Read more......





GOP Introduces Ban on Federal Funding for Abortion - Hot Air -Interview with Rep. Kristi Noem -  Fox News interviews Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) mainly about the repeal of ObamaCare yesterday, but also asks about the effort today to pass a legislative ban on federal funding of abortions. Noem handles the interview very impressively and says in both cases that Republicans in Congress intend to honor their campaign promises: The bill itself appears to be a resurrection of the Stupak Amendment, at least from the CBS report today. The Stupak Amendment would have put into law the restrictions imposed annually by the passage of the Hyde Amendment with each budget, and would have forbidden the use of any federal funds for abortions in any context, and not just at HHS, as the Hyde Amendment specifically covers. Passage of this bill would take the issue off the table entirely at budget time.  Read more.......

House Begins Probe Into 222 Waivers for Obamacare - Hot Air - Fred Upton proves himself to be a multitasker this week. Earlier today, I wrote about his plan to fight the EPA on the expansion of climate-change regulation, and now Upton has his eyes trained on Health and Human Services. Upton and one of the chairs of his Energy and Commerce subcommittees have launched a probe into the 222 waivers granted by the Obama administration from ObamaCare insurance coverage mandates: Read more.........



GOP Gearing Up For EPA Fight in House and Senate - Hot Air -  Both The Hill and Politico report today that Republicans on Capitol Hill have gotten serious about curtailing the EPA’s proposed regulatory growth on climate change. The new House Energy and Commerce chair, Fred Upton, initially didn’t get much enthusiasm from the GOP base, thanks to his previously moderate stands and his acquiescence in the incandescent-bulb ban. According to the agenda Upton put together for this year, though, it appears he got the message and plans a tough fight against EPA director Lisa Jackson and the Obama administration:  House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) plans to take dead aim at the Environmental Protection Agency’s climate change regulations this year, according to a document obtained by The Hill laying out the panel’s 2011 agenda.  Read more.........

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