Friday, May 6, 2011

Abortion - Freedoms Lost? - #2876 - H.R. 3 - U.S. House, Indiana Vote to Cut Abortion Funding - Citizen Link (2) Students Sue High School That Banned Christian Club - The Blaze (3) New Plan: Transportation Opportunities Act -

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 251-175 Wednesday on a bill that would convert some pro-life policies — also known as riders — into law. Reps. Chris Smith, R-N.J., and Daniel Lipinski, D-Ill., who chair the Pro-Life Caucus, are behind the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 3). It had 227 co-sponsors in the House, but is unlikely to pass the Democrat-controlled Senate. H.R. 3 would prohibit taxpayer subsidies for abortion and abortion insurance coverage; currently a patchwork of such policies must be approved annually. The bill also would codify conscience protections for health care workers who object to abortion and other actions. “Today we seek to end taxpayer complicity in abortion violence,” Smith said today. “No taxpayer should be coerced to pay, subsidize or facilitate the … death of a child and the harming of a woman.” The Obama administration has said it “strongly opposes” H.R. 3.  Read more.......

Students Sue High School That Banned Christian Club -  The Blaze - Students at New York’s Hicksville High School were prevented from starting a Christian club by the school principal who allegedly said, “I don’t want any of these Christian clubs at my school. A federal lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a group of Christian high school students in New York who said their principal banned them from starting a Christian club. “The principal said, ‘I don’t want any of these Christian clubs at my school,’” said David Cortman, an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund, a conservative advocacy legal group. The ADF filed the lawsuit Monday against the Hicksville Union Free School District in Central Islip, NY. “Public schools cannot ban Christian student clubs simply because they are religious,” Cortman said. “If officials at government-run schools did their homework, they’d know that students have a constitutionally protected right to express their beliefs.”  

New Plan - Transportation Opportunities Act - Let's Just Tax Drivers by the Mile! Update - White House Story Unlikely? - Hot Air -   I’d like to take back all the things I said about the White House not having a plan to balance the budget. Clearly they have one, and it’s a doozy.  The Obama administration has floated a transportation authorization bill that would require the study and implementation of a plan to tax automobile drivers based on how many miles they drive.  The plan is a part of the administration’s Transportation Opportunities Act, an undated draft of which was obtained this week by Transportation Weekly.  To be fair, the President’s staff has denied having any part in this.  “This is not an administration proposal,” White House spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said. “This is not a bill supported by the administration. This was an early working draft proposal that was never formally circulated within the administration, does not taken into account the advice of the president’s senior advisers, economic team or Cabinet officials, and does not represent the views of the president.”  Read more........ AW: Don't you just love the name of this act, like you want to have the opportunity to add another tax to your life in this economy or any economy.

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