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February 26, 2011

House Prayer - February 17, 2011

PRAYER -- (House of Representatives - February 17, 2011)

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Pastor Mark Williamson, Federal Intercessors, Houston, Texas, offered the following prayer:

Father God, in a spirit of worship, I pray, ask, and speak forth the fullness of Your blessings for this House of Representatives, its staffers, and all family members. That You bless them to do the work of God in our civil government, reminding them that ``Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.''

Bless them with personal wisdom and the governmental order of God. Bless them to realize the answers they all seek are found only in the Bible, and obedience to it.

Bless this House to become a ``House of prayer,'' to always seek Your instructions.

Bless this House with the truth and mercy of God--that ``drives out iniquity'' and deception.

Bless this House with Your presence.

May the goodness of God protect, unite, inspire, and make provision for each Member. May Your will be done in this House, and these United States, as it is in Heaven.

In the Name of the Father, Jesus Your Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

February 21, 2011

Obama Administration Weakens Protections for Pro-Life Medical Workers

President Barack Obama has overturned conscience protections the Bush administration put in place to protect pro-life medical workers who don’t want to be involved in certain medical procedures. In 2008, the Bush administration issued a rule that prohibited recipients of federal money from discriminating against doctors, nurses and health care aides who refuse to take part in medical procedures to which they have religious or moral objections. The rule implemented existing conscience protection laws that ensure medical professionals cannot be denied employment because they do not want to assist in abortions.

At the end of February 2009, the Obama administration announced it began “reviewing” the regulations implementing conscience laws, the first step toward rescinding the rule.

The administration rescinded part of the protections with the Health and Human Services Department scrapping a portion of the rule, which it called “unclear and potentially overbroad in scope.” Obama officials put a new rule in place that leaves in place protections on abortion but offers no protection for medical workers who have moral or religious objections to dispensing or giving to women the Plan B drug or other emergency contraception that could act in some cases as an abortion drug (LifeNews.com).

In its broadest form, efforts to undermine religious freedom in America and the exercise of the rights of conscience could affect any licensed profession. As we can clealy see here, some of the more immediately consequential results of rights of conscience are in the health care field, and the clearest example of this is as it relates to abortion. H.R. 361, the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act has already been reintroduced in this Congress to protect rights of conscience as it relates to abortion. Rep. Fortenberry plans to reintroduce H.R. 6570, the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act, as it relates to conscience protection more broadly in the health care field.

Praise the Lord the conscience protections related to abortion remained. Pray for broader conscience protections related to life, in the medical and other professional fields in general. Pray for passage of legislation that would ensure these freedoms are protected. Pray for more people to follow in the steps of the Great Physician, and for a medical field that welcomes their ideals. Praise the Lord for our friends from the Christian Medical Association and their work on the Hill.

Let each be fully convinced in his own mind (Romans 14:4). Luke the beloved physician and Demas greet you (Colossians 4:14).

Senate Negotiations on Deficit Reduction Commission Draw Early Fire

The federal budget generally comes in two parts:
  1. mandatory/entitlement spending (Social Security, Medicare, etc.) and
  2. discretionary spending (defense, federal departments and agencies) as handled in the appropriations bills or omnibus bills as we saw last week.
The majority of federal spending is on paying entitlement benefits through Social Security and Medicare--things never voted on in each Congress.

Frequently observed during last week’s debate in the House on discretionary spending for fiscal year 2011 was a lack of substantive addressing of our core fiscal challenges in the President’s budget for fiscal year 2012. Since the House was only dealing with discretionary spending last week, it is likely any attempt to modify entitlement spending would have been subjected to a point of order.

Given the vacuum of leadership on submitting long-term viable fixes to our fiscal problems, the Senate, led by a bipartisan group of six senators, is negotiating on soon-to-be-released legislation based on recommendations from the bipartisan Fiscal Commission that sets the stage for significant changes. One proposal, as reported by the Wall Street Journal, “would establish caps on discretionary and entitlement spending” with “automatic, across-the-board spending cuts if they fail” and on the spending side, Congress “would have two years to raise revenue by simplifying the tax code, killing deductions and credits and lowering overall rates” or “provisions would kick in automatically to trim tax deductions.” Reaction before the proposal is even introduced has not been quiet in public, nor in private negotiations at the White House with the President himself.

At the end of the day, proposals will be submitted that will not make everyone happy. Indeed, no one may be happy with the end result, though if it starts us moving in the right direction, they may be a good thing, just what need, and a very merciful gift from God. Also at the end of the day, Americans alive today are going to be left with the bill for problems they did not create. These programs from decades past were built on assumptions of population growth that have not become reality.

Pray for members of Congress to lead to actually solve the problem, and not just fulfill electoral or ideological agendas. With God’s help, these problems can be solved, and doing so will be nothing short of a miracle--a miracle God can easily work. May God give soft heart’s to generations handed situations not as well off than generations before them enjoyed.

I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden riches of secret places, That you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, Am the God of Israel (Isaiah 45:3). Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with promise: that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth (Ephesians 6:2-3).

February 19, 2011

Congress Last Week

House
Legislative Program
The House adjourned pursuant to H.Con.Res. 17 (Passed 243-176).
The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on February 28, 2011.


Senate
The Senate reconvenes on Monday, February 28, 2:00 p.m.
Convene and proceed to the reading of Washington's Farewell Address.


House's cuts will test Senate
Senate Democratic Agenda

House Votes - H.R. 1: Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 (Friday, 2/18)

H.R. 1: Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011
making appropriations for the Department of Defense and other departments and agencies of the Government for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2011, and for other purposes

Amendments

Previous Votes

H.Amdt. 92 by Rep. McCollum [D-MN4]
An amendment numbered 50 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit funds to be used for the Department of Defense sponsorship of NASCAR race cars.
Failed 148-281, 4 not voting

H.Amdt. 93 by Rep. Nadler [D-NY8]
An amendment numbered 232 printed in the Congressional Record to limit the use of funds for the United States military operations in Afghanistan to no more than $10,000,000,000.
Failed 98-331, 4 not voting

H.Amdt. 94 by Rep. Kline [R-MN2]
An amendment numbered 214 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit funds for the use of the "Program Integrity: Gainful Employment-New Programs" section of the bill.
Agreed to 289-136, 8 not voting

H.Amdt. 95 by Rep. Pence [R-IN6]
An amendment numbered 11 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.
Debate
Agreed to 240-185, 8 not voting

H.Amdt. 96 by Rep. Young [R-AK]
An amendment numbered 533 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit use of funds by the Environmental Appeals Board to consider, review, reject, remand, or otherwise invalidate any permit issued for Outer Continental Shelf sources located offshore of the States along the Arctic Coast under the Clean Air Act.
Agreed to 243-185, 5 not voting

Midnight passed (in debate)

H.Amdt. 97 by Rep. Nadler [D-NY8]
An amendment numbered 524 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit use of funds for making application under FISA for an order requiring the production of library circulation records, library patron lists, book sales records, or book customer lists.
Failed 196-231, 6 not voting

H.Amdt. 101 by Rep. Poe [R-TX2]
An amendment numbered 466 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit use of funds by EPA to implement, administer, or enforce any statutory or regulatory requirement pertaining to emissions of greenhouse gases.
Agreed to 249-177, 7 not voting

H.Amdt. 102 by Rep. Rehberg [R-MT]
An amendment numbered 575 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds to pay any employee, officer, contractor, or grantee of any department or agency to implement the provisions of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or title I or subtitle B of title II of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.
Agreed to 239-187, 7 not voting

H.Amdt. 104 by Rep. King [R-IA5]
An amendment numbered 267 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds in H.R. 1 to be used to carry out the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, or any amendment made by either such Public Law.
Agreed to 241-187, 5 not voting

H.Amdt. 105 by Rep. King [R-IA5]
An amendment numbered 268 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit funds in H.R. 1to be used to pay the salary of any officer or employee of any Federal department or agency with respect to carrying out the provisions of Public Law 111-148 (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act), Public Law 111-152 (Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010), or any amendment made by such either Public Law.
Agreed to 237-191, 5 not voting

H.Amdt. 106 by Rep. Emerson [R-MO8]
An amendment numbered 83 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds in H.R. 1 to be used by the Internal Revenue Service to implement or enforce section 5000A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, section 6055 of such Code, section 1502(c) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or any amendments made by section 1502(b) of such Act.
Agreed to 246-182, 5 not voting

H.Amdt. 108 by Rep. Kind [D-WI3]
An amendment numbered 89 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds in H.R. 1 to provide payments (or to pay the salaries and expenses of personnel to provide payments) to the Brazil Cotton Institute.
Failed 183-246, 4 not voting

H.Amdt. 109 by Rep. Kind [D-WI3]
An amendment numbered 88 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds in division A of H.R. 1 to be used to research, develop, or test the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle and the Surface-Launched Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile program.
Failed 123-306, 4 not voting

H.Amdt. 111 by Rep. Blackburn [R-TN7]
An amendment numbered 104 printed in the Congressional Record to reduce spending by 5.5% in 8 non-securiy spending subsections of the bill and reduce Legislative Branch appropriations by 11%.
Failed 147-281, 5 not voting

H.Amdt. 114 by Rep. Bishop [D-NY1]
An amendment numbered 414 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kansas.
Failed 156-269, 8 not voting

H.Amdt. 115 by Rep. Campbell [R-CA48]
An amendment numbered 519 printed in the Congressional Record to reduce funds by 3.5 percent for the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security.
Failed 68-357, 8 not voting

H.Amdt. 116 by Rep. Broun [R-GA10]
An amendment numbered 246 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds for beach replenishment projects by the Army Corps of Engineers.
Failed 74-348, 11 not voting

H.Amdt. 117 by Rep. Broun [R-GA10]
An amendment numbered 263 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds in this Act to pay and dues to the United Nations.
Failed 177-243, 13 not voting

H.Amdt. 118 by Rep. Wu [D-OR1]
An amendment numbered 526 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds to be used to implement, administer, or enforce section 3(e) of the Natural Gas Act (15 U.S.C. 717b(e)).
Failed 87-338, 8 not voting

H.Amdt. 119 by Rep. Markey [D-MA7]
An amendment numbered 27 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds to be used to issue any new lease that authorizes production of oil or natural gas under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act.
Failed 174-251, 8 not voting

H.Amdt. 120 by Rep. Price [R-GA6]
An amendment numbered 409 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds made available by division B of the Public Health Service Act to implement or enforce section 2718 of the Act.
Agreed to 241-185, 7 not voting

H.Amdt. 121 by Rep. McClintock [R-CA4]
An amendment numbered 296 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds to implement the Klamath Dam Removal and Sedimentation Study.
Agreed to 215-210, 8 not voting

H.Amdt. 122 by Rep. McDermott [D-WA7]
An amendment numbered 99 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds to be used to plan for, begin, continue, finish, process, or approve the relocation of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Marine Operations Center-Pacific from Seattle, Washington, to Newport, Oregon.
Failed 91-333, 9 not voting

H.Amdt. 123 by Rep. Herger [R-CA2]
An amendment numbered 177 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds for the Secretary of Agriculture to implement or enforce Subpart B of the Travel Management Rule, relating to the designation of roads, trails, and areas for motor vehicle use, in any administrative unit of the National Forest System.
Agreed to 227-197, 9 not voting

H.Amdt. 124 by Rep. Blumenauer [D-OR3]
An amendment numbered 323 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds for the salaries and expenses of personnel of the Department of Agriculture to provide benefits described in section 1001D(b)(1)(C) of the Food Security Act of 1985 (7 U.S.C. 1308-3a(b)(1)(C)) to a person or legal entity in excess of $250,000.
Failed 185-241, 7 not voting

H.Amdt. 126 by Rep. Boren [D-OK2]
An amendment numbered 566 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds to be used to require a person licensed under section 923 of title 18, United States Code, to report information to the Department of Justice regarding the sale of multiple rifles or shotguns to the same person.
Agreed to 277-149, 7 not voting

H.Amdt. 128 by Rep. Forbes [R-VA4]
An amendment numbered 146 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds made available by division A of this Act for Department of Defense, Operation and Maintenance, Defense-wide may be used for official representation purposes, as defined by Department of Defense Instruction 7250.13, dated June 30, 2009.
Agreed to 241-184, 8 not voting

H.Amdt. 129 by Rep. Kaptur [D-OH9]
An amendment numbered 333 printed in the Congressional Record to reduce by 75 percent the amount made available for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program.
Failed 32-394, 7 not voting

H.Amdt. 130 by Rep. Polis [D-CO2]
An amendment numbered 46 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds to maintain an end strength level of members of the Armed Forces of the United States assigned to permanent duty in Europe in excess of 35,000 members and end strength levels for active duty members of the Army, Navy, and Air Force of 565,275, 328,250, and 329,275, respectively, and the amounts otherwise provided by this Act for "Military Personnel, Army", "Military Personnel, Navy" and "Military Personnel, Air Force" in title I of division A are hereby reduced by $155,914,688, $18,047,700, and $118,488,825, respectively.
Failed 74-351, 8 not voting

H.Amdt. 131 by Rep. Johnson [R-OH6]
An amendment numbered 498 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds to be used to develop, carry out, implement, or otherwise enforce proposed regulations published June 18, 2010 (75 Fed. Reg. 34,667) by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement of the Department of the Interior.
Agreed to 239-186, 8 not voting

H.Amdt. 136 by Rep. Goodlatte [R-VA6]
An amendment numbered 467 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds in H.R. 1 from being used to develop, promulgate, evaluate, implement, provide oversight to, or backstop total maximum daily loads or watershed implementation plans for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
Agreed to 230-195, 8 not voting

H.Amdt. 138 by Rep. Gardner [R-CO4]
An amendment numbered 79 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds in H.R. 1 from being used to pay the salary of any officer or employee of the the Department of Health and Human Services who develops or promulgates regulations or guidance with regard to Exchanges under subtitle D of title I of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Agreed to 241-184, 8 not voting

H.Amdt. 142 by Rep. Neugebauer [R-TX19]
An amendment numbered 151 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds in H.R. 1 for repair, alteration, or improvement of the Executive Residence at the White House.
Failed 63-362, 8 not voting

H.Amdt. 143 by Rep. Rooney [R-FL16]
An amendment numbered 13 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds in H.R. 1 from being used to implement, administer, or enforce the rule entitled "Water Quality Standards for the State of Florida's Lakes and Flowing Waters" published in the Federal Register by the Environmental Protection Agency on December 6, 2010.
Agreed to 237-189, 7 not voting

H.Amdt. 144 by Rep. Stearns [R-FL6]
An amendment numbered 8 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds in H.R. 1 for the design, renovation, construction, or rental of any headquarters for the United Nations in any location in the United States.
Agreed to 231-191, 11 not voting

Midnight passed (in voting)

H.Amdt. 145 by Rep. Flake [R-AZ6]
An amendment numbered 377 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds for the construction of an ethanol blender pump or an ethanol storage facility.
Agreed to 261-158, 14 not voting

H.Amdt. 147 by Rep. Guinta [R-NH1]
An amendment numbered 166 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds to enter into, after the date of the enactment of this Act, a Government contract that requires a project labor agreement.
Failed 210-210, 13 not voting

H.Amdt. 148 by Rep. Hall [R-TX4]
An amendment numbered 495 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds to implement, establish, or create a NOAA Climate Service as described in the "Draft NOAA Climate Service Strategic Vision and Framework" published at 75 Feb. Reg. 57739.
Agreed to 233-187, 13 not voting

H.Amdt. 150 by Rep. Lee [D-CA9]
An amendment numbered 141 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds for any account of the Department of Defense (other than accounts listed in subsection (b)) in excess of the amount made available for such account for fiscal year 2008.
Failed 76-344, 13 not voting

H.Amdt. 151 by Rep. Griffith [R-VA9]
An amendment numbered 109 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit use of funds to the EPA, the Corps of Engineers, or the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement may be used to carry out, implement, administer, or enforce any policy or procedure set forth in the memorandum issued by the EPA.
Agreed to 235-185, 13 not voting

H.Amdt. 152 by Rep. Jones [R-NC3]
An amendment numbered 548 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds for any fishery under the jurisdiction of the South Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic, New England, or Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.
Agreed to 259-159, 15 not voting

H.Amdt. 153 by Rep. Luetkemeyer [R-MO9]
An amendment numbered 47 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds for the study of the Missouri River Projects authorized in section 108 of the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2009.
Agreed to 245-176, 12 not voting

H.Amdt. 154 by Rep. Luetkemeyer [R-MO9]
An amendment numbered 149 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds for contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Agreed to 244-179, 10 not voting

H.Amdt. 155 by Rep. Issa [R-CA49]
An amendment numbered 569 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds to fund periodic step increases described in Section 5335 of Title V of the United States Code.
Failed 191-230, 12 not voting

H.Amdt. 156 by Rep. Sullivan [R-OK1]
An amendment numbered 94 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds in the decision of the Administrator of the EPA entitled "Partial Grant of Clean Air Act Waiver Application Submitted by Growth Energy to Increase the Allowable Ethanol Content of Gasoline to 15 percent."
Agreed to 285-136, 12 not voting

H.Amdt. 157 by Rep. McKinley [R-WV1]
An amendment numbered 216 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds used by the Administrator of the EPA to carry out section 404(c) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.
Agreed to 240-182, 11 not voting

H.Amdt. 158 by Rep. McKinley [R-WV1]
An amendment numbered 217 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds by EPA to develop, propose, finalize, implement, administer, or enforce any regulation that identifies or lists fossil fuel combustion waste as hazardous waste subject to regulation.
Agreed to 239-183, 11 not voting

H.Amdt. 159 by Rep. Pompeo [R-KS4]
An amendment numbered 545 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds to carry out any of the activities described in section 6A of the Consumer Product Safety Act.
Agreed to 234-187, 12 not voting

H.Amdt. 161 by Rep. Burgess [R-TX26]
An amendment numbered 200 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds to pay the salary of any officer or employee of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight in the Department of Health and Human Services.
Agreed to 239-182, 12 not voting

H.Amdt. 162 by Rep. Heller [R-NV2]
An amendment numbered 482 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds to be used to designate monuments under the Act of June 8, 1906, (commonly known as the "Antiquities Act of 1906"; 16 U.S.C. 431, et seq.).
Failed 209-213, 11 not voting

H.Amdt. 164 by Rep. Noem [R-SD]
An amendment numbered 563 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds to modify the national primary ambient air quality standard or the national secondary ambient air quality standard applicable to coarse particulate matter under section 109 of the Clean Air Act.
Agreed to 255-168, 10 not voting

H.Amdt. 165 by Rep. Pitts [R-PA16]
An amendment numbered 430 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds to be used to pay the salary of any officer or employee of the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor, or the Department of the Treasury who takes any action to specify or define, through regulations, guidelines, or otherwise, essential benefits under section 1302 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Agreed to 239-183, 11 not voting

H.Amdt. 166 by Rep. Carney [D-DE]
An amendment numbered 241 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds for the Oil and Gas Research and Development Program of the Department of Energy.
Failed 121-300, 12 not voting

H.Amdt. 167 by Rep. Mulvaney [R-SC5]
An amendment numbered 164 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds to be used in excess of the amount available for such account during fiscal year 2006. Defense and Homeland Security funds are exempt.
Failed 93-328, 12 not voting

H.Amdt. 169 by Rep. King [R-IA5]
An amendment numbered 273 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds to be used to administer the wage-rate requirements of subchapter IV of chapter 31 of title 40, United States Code, with respect to any project or program funded by this Act.
Failed 189-233, 11 not voting

H.Amdt. 171 by Rep. Burgess [R-TX26]
An amendment numbered 154 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds in H.R. 1 to carry out paragraph 11 of section 101 of Public Law 111-226.
Agreed to 235-187, 11 not voting


On Motion to Recommit with Instructions
Failed 186-238, 9 not voting

On Passage
Passed 235-189, 9 not voting

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