We no longer have the debt ceiling to be concerned about, sequestration has been kicked down the road until May. Failed VP candidate Ryan thinks sequestration will happen
, so we can expect Congress to get back to work and take care of the people's business. What issues will they tackle? Gun Control? Jobs plan? Immigration Reform? Reauthorize the Violence Against women act?
The answer is no. Here is what they are going to do:
Attack women. Poor women to be more specific.
John Boehner declared it a fundamental goal to make the Hyde Amendment permanent.
Addressing the crowd at the National Mall via video broadcast, Boehner said it's time for anti-abortion activisits to "commit ourselves to doing everything we can to protect the sanctity of life." Step one, he said, is making permanent the Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal dollars from being used to pay for abortions except in cases of rape or incest.
"For the new Congress, that means bringing together a bipartisan pro-life majority and getting to work," Boehner said. "In accordance with the will of the people, we will again work to pass the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, formally codifying the Hyde Amendment."
That's right, a bipartisan pro-life majority is going to codify something that already exists. What I don't believe exists is a "bipartisan pro-life majority" -- but that's a discussion for another day. It wasn't just John Boehner addressing the crowd:
Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) touted a bill she recently introduced that would strip Title X family planning funds from Planned Parenthood, and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) delivered a sermon that called for a "spiritual cleansing."
Have I mentioned to you lately how much funding Planned Parenthood gets from the federal government?
Planned Parenthood’s 2008-2009 annual report states that it received $363.2 million in "Government Grants and Contracts." That’s about one-third of its total revenues for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009.
However, not all of that money is from the federal government. Planned Parenthood’s government funding comes from two sources: the Title X Family Planning Program and Medicaid. About $70 million is Title X funding, Planned Parenthood spokesman Tait Sye told us. The rest — about $293 million — is Medicaid funding, which includes both federal and state money.
None of the Title X money goes towards abortion.
Let's get back back to the Hyde Amendment. For a refresher, here is a little information
But in 1977, Congress passed the Hyde Amendment, which banned Medicaid coverage of abortion. This is the only medical procedure that has ever been banned from Medicaid. What's more, Medicaid covers other reproductive health care needs, including birth control and sterilization. And the vast majority of private insurance plans cover abortion, too.
from Wiki: It is not a permanent law, rather it is a "rider" that, in various forms, has been routinely attached to annual appropriations bills since 1976. The Hyde Amendment applies only to funds allocated by the annual appropriations bill for the Department of Health and Human Services.
But wait, there is more! Remember Health care reform? Remember this drama?
The Stupak–Pitts Amendment, an amendment to the Affordable Health Care for America Act, was introduced by Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan. It prohibits use of Federal funds "to pay for any abortion or to cover any part of the costs of any health plan that includes coverage of abortion" except in cases of rape, incest or danger to the life of the mother, and was included in the bill as passed by the House of Representatives on November 7, 2009. However, the Senate bill passed by the House on March 21, 2010 did not contain that Hyde Amendment language. As part of an agreement between Rep. Stupak and President Obama to secure Stupak's vote, the President issued an executive order on March 24, 2010 affirming that the Hyde Amendment would extend to the new bill.
Let me make this clear, Speaker Boehner in saying that this issue is 'One Of Our Most Fundamental Goals This Year'
is basically saying that they just don't want to forget to take care of something clerical. Once again: the Hyde amendment doesn't need to be codified, it already exists is the ACA.
After all is said and done, they still haven't learned to leave women well enough alone. Abortion is not a wedge issue as so many have said over the years. Republicans want to take away a woman's right to choose. It's hard to believe after last years rape-infested election that they haven't learned, but here we are. Same shit, different day. They really do live in a bubble.