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RSC Update: Monday, September 21, 2009

September 23, 2009

From the Chairman

The health care debate continues in Washington, as the Senate Finance Committee led by Sen. Max Baucus finally published its long-awaited plan last week. The Baucus bill may not include the explicit government-run “public option” favored by many liberals (although its co-ops would lead to the same thing), but it still cannot be described as anything but a government takeover of health care.

While much attention has been given to the so-called "pubic option," there are countless other facets of the plans promoted by the President and congressional Democrats in charge that would empower Washington with control over our health care system. These include new federal definitions of what health policies must look like, bureaucratic efficiency councils that define quality care, and mandates that will tax away the viability of employers and individuals.

When Washington tells patients what kind of health coverage plan they must have, what kind of treatments are permissible, and how private insurers must operate their businesses, patients will be left to the mercy of the government rather than rightfully be able to make independent medical decisions with their families and their doctor.

But don’t believe the President’s rhetoric that there is only his way or the status quo. It’s vital that you let your friends and neighbors know that Republicans have solutions that put patients in control. In addition to H.R. 3400, RSC Members have introduced numerous proposals for patient-centered health care reform. You can read more about some of them here.

Thanks for your support!

Sincerely,

Congressman Tom Price

Chairman, Republican Study Committee

RSC Media Activity

Every week, Republican Study Committee members work hard to ensure that the conservative viewpoint is well-represented in all corners of the media.

· Rep. Ed Royce (CA-40): D.C. Spending is Hammering the Dollar; The Hill, September 14.

· Rep. Phil Roe (TN-01): Too Much Government Control?; Weekly Column, September 16.

· Rep. Patrick McHenry (NC-06): How ACORN Got Dumped by the Census; BigGovernment.com, September 17.

RSC Legislative Activity

RSC members have made it a priority to introduce productive, conservative alternatives to the Democrats’ reckless agenda.

· Rep. Jeff Flake (AZ-06) sent a letter to President Obama urging him to reconsider his decision to impose a 35% tariff on tire imports from China.

· Rep. Steve Scalise (LA-01) introduced H.R. 3569 the Sunset All Czars Act to bring a halt to the burgeoning practice within the White House of bypassing Congressional oversight by appointing unaccountable advisors to policy-making positions.

· Rep. Paul Broun (GA-10) authored a resolution on the importance of property rights as enshrined in the Constitution. The resolution was introduced on Sept. 17, 2009, the 222nd Anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.

Outlook

Here is a preview of upcoming Democrat proposals to advance their big-government, anti-taxpayer agenda.

· This week, the House will once again consider H.R. 324, which would establish a new National Heritage Area in Arizona. The bill failed to garner 2/3 of the vote as required for bills brought up under suspension of the rules after the RSC raised concerns about energy development, drug trafficking, and funding questions.

· Although the House has passed each of the twelve FY 2010 appropriation bills (often with large domestic spending increases), only five have passed the Senate and none have been sent to the President. Sometime before the current fiscal year ends on September 30, Congress will likely consider a resolution to extend current funding levels for an additional month or more.

· The RSC recently assembled the following policy briefs in light of the Democrats’ plans to move forward with a national energy tax and their misguided approach to financial regulation.

House Floor Activity

The following key legislation came through the House of Representatives last week.

· The House passed H.R. 3221. This legislation constitutes a massive, permanent government takeover of the student loan industry that could increase the deficit by $50 billion over the next decade.

· However, an overwhelming majority of the House voted in favor of a Republican addition H.R. 3221 that would prohibit any further federal assistance to ACORN, a corrupt organization that has received at least $53 million in taxpayer money.

· The House passed H.R. 3246, which authorizes nearly $3 billion more in assistance to the auto industry for automotive research through the Department of Energy.

Budget and Spending

Each week, the RSC Budget and Spending Taskforce compiles a weekly report on the latest budget and spending news. Additionally, the RSC Money Monitor tracks how bills passed by the House affect authorizations, mandatory spending, and federal government revenue.

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House Republican Study Committee
Rep Tom Price, M.D., Chairman

Paul Teller, Executive Director
Brad Watson, Policy Director
Natalie Farr, Professional Staff
Emily Henehan, Professional Staff
Bruce “Fez” Miller, Professional Staff
Jonathan Day, Director of Member Services and Business Outreach
Alex Shively, Director of Conservative Coalitions
Brendan Buck, Communications Director
Brian Straessle, Deputy Communications Director
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H.R.645 es NO BUENO!

September 3, 2009

FEMA Centers

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-645

Now this could be why they are distracting us!

Get on it!