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House Democrats Vote for Unlimited Taxpayer Funding of Abortion for Medicaid Recipients

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) walks out of a news conference along with her Democratic House committee chairs after the House of Representatives approved two counts of impeachment against President Donald Trump in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill, December 18, 2019. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Until Thursday, every appropriations bill to fund Medicaid included the Hyde amendment, which prohibits funding of abortion except in limited circumstances. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O n Thursday, for the first time in 45 years, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to provide taxpayer funding of elective abortions for Medicaid recipients. Since 1976, regardless of partisan control of Congress, every appropriations bill funding Medicaid that passed the House included the Hyde amendment, which bars federal funding of abortion except in rare circumstances. The last time such an appropriations bill came to the floor of the House without the Hyde amendment was in 1993, when Democrats held 258 seats in the lower chamber. Despite the large Democratic majority, there were still enough moderates in the party …

Does Sheldon Whitehouse Think CNN Is Part of the ‘Right-Wing Attack Machine’?

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D., R.I.) attend a hearing in Washington, D.C., April 28, 2021. (Tom Williams/Reuters) Whitehouse claims senators weren’t shown all the tips the FBI received about Brett Kavanaugh in 2018. CNN has, in no uncertain terms, reported otherwise. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE D emocratic senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island released a one-minute video on Tuesday in which he (implicitly) responds to National Review’s reporting about the FBI tip-line that was opened up during the 2018 Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. On July 22, the New York Times reported that Senate Democrats were outraged to learn in a letter from the FBI that the agency had received 4,500 tips about Kavanaugh during a supplemental background investigation, and had passed the “relevant” tips on to the White House. “The letter left uncertain whether the FBI itself followed up on the most compelling leads,” the Times reported. But …

Brett Kavanaugh Faces Another Round of Smears and Intimidation

Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh in Washington, D.C., December 3, 2018. (Jabin Botsford/Pool via Reuters ) The New York Times leaves out several key details from a report that tries to cast a cloud of suspicion over Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O n Thursday, the New York Times published a report on the three-year-old battle over Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court that attempts to cast a new cloud of suspicion over Justice Kavanaugh. The Times’ Kate Kelly reported that, in a letter to Democratic senators dated June 30, 2021, the FBI said that it had received 4,500 tips on a tip-line set up during a supplemental background investigation of Kavanaugh, and that the most “relevant” of the tips were referred to the Office of White House Counsel, the entity that had requested the supplemental background investigation. “The letter left uncertain whether the FBI …

Democrats’ Plan for New ‘Medicaid-Like’ Program Would Pay for Elective Abortions

Raphael Warnock speaks to the media following the weekly Senate lunch at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., July 13, 2021. (Elizabeth Frantz/Reuters) Will pro-life Senator Joe Manchin insist on an alternative that doesn’t fund abortion as part of the reconciliation bill? NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE D emocratic senators are pushing to expand Medicaid via the upcoming $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill, which they can pass on a party-line vote — and one plan getting a lot of attention would fund elective abortions. A bill sponsored by Democratic senator Raphael Warnock of Georgia would create a new “Medicaid-like” program that would provide health care without any premiums to low-income residents in the twelve states that declined to participate in Obamacare’s expansion of the existing Medicaid program. “The Medicaid Saves Lives Act was introduced this week, and I hope to get it included in the reconciliation bill,” Warnock told National Review in …

Senate Dems on Fleeing Texas Lawmakers: Actually, Obstruction Is Good

Texas State Rep. Chris Turner, chair of the Texas House Democratic Caucus, joins with other Democratic members of the Texas House of Representatives in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., July 13, 2021. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) National Democrats hail fugitive Texas legislators as heroes, but they don’t want to say what they’d do if the Senate GOP tried the same ploy. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T his week, Democratic state legislators from Texas hopped on a couple of charter jets and fled to Washington, D.C., in order to deny the Texas legislature a quorum needed to conduct business and pass a bill to modify the state’s voting procedures. After the Texas Democrats arrived in Washington, D.C., they were greeted with open arms by Democratic members of the U.S. House and Senate. “They’re trying to protect our democracy,” Democratic senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts told National Review. “The Texas state legislature has made clear that the way they intend to hang on to power is keeping citizens from voting, …

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