Category: US House

Second Federal Judge Rules Obamacare is Unconstitutional

You would think the Obama administration might get the message, but they still plan to appeal the decision.  This ruling was particularly significant because more than half of the states were plaintiffs in the matter.

A federal judge in Florida struck down President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare overhaul as unconstitutional on Monday in the biggest legal challenge yet to federal authority to enact the law.

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson ruled that the reform law’s so-called individual mandate went too far in requiring that Americans start buying health insurance in 2014 or pay a penalty.

“Because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire act must be declared void,” he wrote, “This has been a difficult decision to reach and I am aware that it will have indeterminable implications.”

Referring to a key provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Vinson sided with governors and attorneys general from 26 U.S. states, almost all of whom are Republicans, in declaring the Obama healthcare reform unconstitutional.  Read more

House Leaders Must Keep Their Promise To Repeal Obamacare

Wednesday, January 19th marks the one-year anniversary of the Special Election in which Scott Brown was elected to the U.S. Senate, largely on the promise that he would cast the 41st vote against ObamaCare. As you recall, Harry Reid broke his promise and broke faith with the American people when he used reconciliation, a procedural tool, to skirt the rules and pass ObamaCare.

Liberals just aren’t getting it!  We need to keep reminding them of the message the people of Massachusetts sent last January 19th and that voters throughout America sent on Election Day last November: We want them to repeal ObamaCare and stop out-of-control government spending.

If passed, H.R. 2, “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act,” would repeal P.L. 111-148, the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (PPACA) and the crooked “reconciliation” vehicle Harry Reid used to pass it, P.L. 111-152, the “Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act.”

We need to put an end to thousands-of pages-long spending bills.  H.R. 2 is barely three-pages long, consisting mostly of its lengthy list of co-sponsors, and it simply states that ObamaCare is repealed in its entirety.

This is a great opportunity to get to know your Congressman’s staff when you call and urge him or her to vote to Repeal ObamaCare on Wednesday!

Preparing For The Lame Duck Session

Last week was a historic conservative victory.  Conservatives took the U.S. House of Representatives, made significant gains in the U.S. Senate, and as a result, we will soon welcome one of the most pro-family, conservative Congresses in recent history.  However, the current Congress has one more opportunity to do damage when they return for the lame duck session that will begin this week.

We are watching several issues that could come up in the lame duck session.  We will issue more specific alerts about each once we know it will come to the floor.

In the meantime, please urge your Senators and Members of Congress not to pass any more jobs killing or spending legislation, but to use the lame duck session only to:

  • Stop the automatic tax increases set to go into effect when the Bush tax cuts expire at the end of this year.
  • Permanently repeal the death tax.  If Congress does not take action, the federal death tax, currently at 0% will jump to 55%.

Other issues of concern include:

  • The so-called “Paycheck Fairness Act,” which is a job-killing payback to feminists scheduled to come to the Senate floor next Wednesday, November 17th.
  • Efforts to repeal the 1993 law prohibiting homosexuals from openly serving in the military, commonly referenced as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
  • The so-called “DREAM Act,” which would facilitate amnesty for illegal aliens and their extended families.
  • New START Treaty — One of Eagle Forum’s greatest concerns is that liberals in the Senate will set a dangerous precedent by attempting to ratify the new START Treaty during the lame duck session.  Eagle Forum was among 33 conservative groups who joined in a memo outlining the concerns with the new START treaty, and urged Congress to refrain from considering it during the lame duck session.  Also, thirteen former U.S. Senators sent a letter to Senate Leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell urging them not to consider the treaty during the lame duck session.

Please stay tuned for further information.

National Eagle Forum PAC Endorses Alabama Candidates

Dear Alabama Eagles:

The 2010 election is the most important election of our time.  We must stop Barack Obama from (as he said) “fundamentally transforming” America by spending us into bankruptcy.  The only way to call a halt and Take Back America is to elect a new Congress in November.  In Alabama, you have the opportunity to vote for conservatives at the state, local and federal level.

That is why I’m writing to you.  I want to draw your attention to the candidates who have sought and received Eagle Forum PAC’s endorsement.  We endorse candidates on the basis of extensive personal interviews, legislative records and answers to our rigorous 75-question survey which covers taxes and government spending, national security foreign policy and American sovereignty, border security and immigration, life, marriage, family, the Constitution and privacy.

Betty Peters

Alabama State Board of Education, District 2

Betty Peters has been a longtime friend to Eagle Forum.  She has fought to protect our children from liberal influences in the public schools and to protect parental rights.  The liberal teachers’ unions have heavily funded Betty’s opponent, because Betty has been so effective at opposing their radical liberal agenda.  We need Betty now more than ever to defend Alabama schools from federal government intrusion through federal education standards called common core standards, one

of President Obama’s main education goals.  The Alabama State Board of Education is comprised of 8 members elected from single-member districts.  Betty Peters represents District 2, the Counties of Barbour, Chambers, Clay, Coffee, Covington, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Lee, Randolph, Russell, Tallapoosa and a portion of Talladega.  If you live in one of those counties, please be sure to vote for Betty Peters for Alabama State Board of Education, District 2.

Martha Roby

U.S. Representative 2nd Congressional District

If you live in the 2nd Congressional district, you have the opportunity to elect Martha Roby as your U.S Representative.  Martha is pro-life, and has demonstrated her commitment to building the culture of life by working with Sav-A-Life Montgomery, a Christian pro-life ministry.  In her two terms on the Montgomery City Council, Martha has shown her dedication to lowering taxes and reducing government spending.  Now, Martha wants to fight to protect conservative values in Washington.  Her opponent is doing his best to look conservative, but his mere presence in the House of Representatives strengthens the radical liberals.  We’ve seen what the liberals have done to this nation, and we can’t afford to give them any more ground.  Please vote for Martha Roby for U.S. Representative.

Mo Brooks

U.S. Representative 5th Congressional District

If you live in the 5th Congressional district, you have the opportunity to elect a longtime Alabama Eagle Forum friend Mo Brooks as your new Representative to Congress.  Mo is pro-life, pro-family, and pro-marriage.  He served four terms in the Alabama House of Representatives, where the Alabama Taxpayers’ Defense Fund ranked him first out of one hundred forty legislators for fighting against tax increases and big government. In Washington, Brooks will work to reduce America’s deficit and promote the free enterprise system.

Thank you for all you will do between now and November 2nd.  It is so important.

Faithfully,

Phyllis Schlafly

P.S.  The election on Tuesday, November 2nd could be very close in Alabama.  Please vote for Betty Peters for Alabama State Board of Education, District 2 and if you live in the 2nd or 5th Congressional District vote for Martha Roby  or Mo Brooks for U.S. Representative—and also, please ask ten of your friends and family members to vote for him too.  Every vote counts!  In Michigan this year, one of our good candidates won by only 15 votes out of 70,996 votes cast! You can find candidate questionnaires from other state and federal candidates HERE.

Obamacare Provides a Grim Diagnosis

Sens. Tom Coburn and John Barrasso, both doctors, have released a report on the effect of Obamacare to date.  It is not a pretty picture.

They find that:

Obamacare costs America nearly 800,000 jobs, most coming from within the medical industry:

The CBO “estimates that the legislation, on net, will reduce the amount of labor used in the economy by a small amount—roughly half a percent—primarily by reducing the amount of labor that workers choose to supply”, which is more than 788,470 employees.

The employer mandate lowers income:

The employer provision will lower wages and lead to less jobs because workers, not businesses, ultimately feel the impact of taxes and fines. The Congressional Budget Office also found that an employer penalty ―would impose a new cost on employers‖ which will be passed on to employees.55 ―Employers who chose to pay the fee rather than offer health benefits would be likely to offset at least some of those costs by paying lower wages or employing fewer people.”

The true cost of Obamacare is much larger than projected:

CBO also identified tens of billions of additional dollars that may be spent by the federal government as a result of new programs and mandates in the health overhaul.

Obamacare has sent state costs skyrocketing:

So how big are the costs state taxpayers must absorb from the massive Medicaid expansion or other mandates? A nearby chart lists estimates that several governors produced calculating the costs to their states – primarily from the Medicaid program. While the federal government may cover $30 billion of costs, the State of Texas alone estimates their state will face $27 billion in extra costs.90 Looking at these estimates, it is clear that the extra costs forced upon state taxpayers and state governments could climb into the hundreds of billions of dollars.

There’s a lot more on the practical effects in the report, so download and give it a read.  The paper is aptly titled “Grim Diagnosis.”

AFP Releases Paper On How The EPA Can Impose Cap and Trade

Americans for Prosperity has released a new paper detailing how the EPA can circumvent the democratic process and force cap and trade on Americans.

According to their press release:

The paper—entitled: Of Elephants and Mouseholes: How EPA Could Revive Cap-and-Trade—examines the statutory structure of the Clean Air Act and identifies two existing programs that EPA could contort to enact a GHG cap-and-trade program. The paper also includes a discussion of how cap-and-trade allows the EPA’s regulations to reach much further and accomplish more expansive goals than the Clean Air Act was ever designed to cover. The paper is online here.

Read more: http://americansforprosperity.org/102510-afp-releases-paper-detailing-how-epa-could-force-cap-and-trade-against-public-wishes#ixzz13Qs2ZAgB