Americans have voiced their concern with the federal funding of abortion and maybe now, politicians are finally starting to listen. As House Democrats try to garner enough support to pass their health care reform bill, the issue of abortion funding is standing in the way.
The health care bill passed narrowly in the House when it included language to specifically block funds for abortions. However, the House may vote on the Senate-passed version of the bill, which did not include the same provisions. So, House Democrats who voted with a clear conscience knowing funds would not go to abortion may not have that luxury for the final vote.
Representative Bart Stupak (D-MI), the author of the House amendment that excluded funds for abortions, has said that he and eleven other Democrats will vote against the overhaul bill unless a provision subsidizing abortion is removed. His amendment passed with an overwhelming majority of 240-194 in November.
It is vital that Congress remember we govern with the consent of the governed. The American people have taken a position against taxpayer-funded abortions. Congress should do the same.
The EPA's Backdoor National Energy Tax
In an attempt by the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a national energy tax by circumventing the legislative process, the EPA (with the backing of the Obama Administration) is pushing emission regulations which will destroy jobs and further impact our already struggling economy.
Knowing full well these regulations will further hamper our nation's already precarious finances; the EPA is stealing a playbook from the White House and moving full speed ahead on a policy that the majority of Americans simply don't want. If these regulations come into effect, new taxes will force jobs overseas and shift higher prices onto the consumer, almost guaranteeing that our 10% unemployment rate will climb higher.
If a national energy tax was in the interest of the American people, wouldn't cap-and-trade have cruised through the Senate and been to the President's desk by now? Instead, cap-and-trade is stalled and may never see the light of day due to its unpopularity and the increased damage it will inflict on our already fragile economy.
I believe the EPA and President Obama need to adhere to the legislative process and not force a jobs-killing tax on businesses throughout our country. Therefore, last week I signed on to a resolution with my Republican colleagues to put a stop to the EPA's backdoor approach to raise your taxes. Now, more than ever, job growth needs to be encouraged, not stifled by taxes and regulation.
Bachmann Office Coming to a Town Near You
My staff regularly holds Mobile Office Hours at locations all across the district. These are opportunities for you to come meet one on one with someone from my office who is trained to be your liaison with federal agencies. Please bring copies of any paperwork that you might have with you when you visit. Particularly, if you are having a problem with a federal benefit or program and have letters or documents that might help my staff get answers for you quickly.
Should you have any questions or concerns, however, you can always stop by one of my district offices between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm to talk to my staff as well.
Woodbury Waite Park
6043 Hudson Road 110 2nd Street South
Suite 330 Suite 232
Woodbury, MN 55125 Waite Park, MN 56387
You can find a complete schedule of my Mobile Office Hours on my website.
This week, my office will hold Mobile Office House at the following locations:
Tuesday, March 9
--10:00 am to noon
Washington County Library, Hardwood Creek Branch
19955 Forest Road N, Forest Lake
--1:00 pm to 3:00 pm:
Andover City Hall
1685 Crosstown Boulevard NW
Thursday, March 11
--9:00 am to 10:30 am:
Howard Lake City Hall
625 8th Avenue
--11:30 am to 1:00 pm:
Annandale City Hall
30 Cedar Street E
--1:30 pm to 3:00 pm:
Clear Lake City Hall
7684 1st Avenue W
--4:00 pm to 5:30 pm:
St. Michael City Hall
3150 Lander Avenue NE
Also, please take a moment to visit my website (www.bachmann.house.gov) and sign up for my regular telephone town halls as well. That technology allows you to speak with me from the comfort of your own home. You'll get an update on what Congress is doing that might impact you and have the opportunity to ask me a question about what's on your mind.