Just in case you all didn’t know already. There has been another let down in Congress. First Senator Nelson and now Representative Stupak. This time the concession is allowing the bill to go the with the same language allowing for taxpayer-funded abortions but the President signing will sign an Executive Order prohibiting such funding.
This effectively upholds previous law while still passing new legislation the goes against such precedent. The worst for pro-lifers is that this or any other president can rescind the Order at their desire. So much for preventing taxpayer-funded abortions.
Read the text of the story the brought me the sad news below:
House heads toward historic vote on health care
The preliminaries are over. After more than a year of haggling, the U.S. House of Representatives is finally starting a two-hour debate on health care.
We’re going to be blogging live in this space so keep hitting refresh and scroll to the bottom for the latest.
To be clear: There are two measures before the House dealing with President Obama’s top domestic priority. One is the Senate’s version of health care, which passed that chamber on Christmas Eve. Because of a deal struck earlier today between the White House and anti-abortion Democrats, the House is expected to have the 216 votes needed to pass the Senate bill. [This is what I was talking about above. Another “pro-lifer” caves into the pressure. I am no one to judge here because I cave on Hostess Donuts but protection of the unborn is another matter all together.]
The second measure is the House’s new health care legislation, which revises the Senate bill more to Obama’s liking. It would spend $940 billion over 10 years to expand health insurance coverage to 32 million Americans and provide $124 billion in deficit reduction.
The House votes tonight on these measures will supersede its November action, when mostly Democrats and one Republican passed the original House health care bill on a 220-215 vote.
(By the way, buried in the new House health care bill is an unrelated but also sweeping measure that rewrites the rules dealing with college loans for needy students.) [Really? Because we needed to mix the two. This may be a boon to needy students (don’t know because I have not read the text) but putting in this bill has bacon written all over it.]
Health care then moves to the Senate, where Democrats are expected to use special rules that would require only 51 votes to pass a bill. [Another slick move. And I used to complain the at the Republicans were masters at this maneuvering.] USA TODAY’s Richard Wolf, John Fritze and Mimi Hall will have a full report on tomorrow.
Man, the enemy must be licking his lips in excitement. Deep down I always felt that this battle would be hard-pressed for winning but that doesn’t make taking the defeat any easier. At the moment it is all but official but I have faith in Jesus and all I know is that if I keep that and do what He asks of me then I should be cool.
He will sort the rest out in the end.
More battles loom. Let us pray to the Prince of the Heavenly Hosts:
St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls.