Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Abhorrent Social Issue Oriented Amendments Kill Defense Bill

Amnesty (DREAM Act), Abortions (in Military Hospitals), and Advancing Homosexuality in the Military (‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal)


Here is an amalgamation of information I received via email from various sources including the Eagle Forum and Grassfire Nation,after the successful blockage of the terrible amendments to the Defense Authorization bill voted on at around mid-afternoon today in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Thankfully, enough Senators opposed cloture on the Defense Authorization bill. Cloture failed 56-43. However, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, voted against cloture so that it can be brought up again in the Lame Duck session of Congress after the November election.

In violation of Senate protocol, Senator Reid added three non-germane amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2011. His action underscores the plausibility that these three amendments would have

· forced taxpayers to pay for abortions on military bases

· provided amnesty to millions of illegal aliens (the Dream Act)

· undermined military readiness by repealing Congress’ 1993 law concerning homosexuals (Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell),

was a political ploy meant to motivate the Democratic base.


Here is more information on what these terrible three amendments would have done or could still do if they are brought up again by hopefully a very Lame Duck session of Congress in November and December …

1. Repeal of the 1993 law prohibiting homosexuals from serving in the military, often referred to as“don’t ask, don’t tell.” Even moderate Senators oppose making this policy change before seeing the results of a pending survey indicating how this change will affect the military.

2. Overturning the prohibition on performing abortions on all U.S. military bases. The Defense bill contains an amendment offered by Senator Roland Burris (D-IL) to strike Section 1093(b) of Title 10 of the U.S. Code and will permit the performance of abortions in both domestic and overseas military facilities. Current law prohibits the performance of abortion by Department of Defense medical personnel or in Department of Defense medical facilities except when the life of the mother is at risk or when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.

3. Amnesty for illegal aliens in the form of the so-called “DREAM Act." This act will:

* Offer legal status and a "path to citizenship" to all illegal aliens living in theU.S. who entered the U.S. before they were 16 years of age, and who have earned a high school diploma or a General Educational Development certificate (GED). The act also repeals the federal prohibition on states offering reduced in-state tuition at state-supported colleges and universities to illegal aliens.

* Overturn the prohibition on illegal aliens receiving federal student loans and participating in work-study programs.

* Allow amnestied aliens to apply for citizenship and petition to bring their extended relatives, including their parents who brought them here illegally, to the U.S. after six years.


Here is the content of a fax I sent late this morning to my Senators:

I am writing to express my opposition to the inclusion of the DREAM Act as well as the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy for our military as amendments to the Defense Appropriations bill.

In regard to the DREAM Act, he Federation for American Immigration Reform calls the DREAM Act "a broad amnesty measure disguised as an educational initiative that would allow millions of illegal aliens who meet a very loose definition of student to qualify for green cards." In addition, the DREAM Act would funnel taxpayer dollars away from legal residents and into the pockets of illegal aliens.

Repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT)," will have serious negative impact on the Military. During a time of war, why subvert the military in this way?

This is precisely why Americans are ready to go to the polls and bring sweeping political change to Congress! I urge you to vote NO on the DREAM Act and the repeal of the DADT amendments.

Adding unrelated and controversial amendments to the bill that funds our military is cynical, deceptive and cowardly. The debate over funding our military should not be compromised by pet programs that advance the liberal agenda.

I oppose amnesty and I am outraged that this Congress continues its deceptive pattern of back-room deals and legislative trickery. Vote NO on any pro-amnesty amendments to the Defense funding bill-- such as the DREAM Act -- or if the final bill includes either DREAM act or DADT repeal, (as well as expanding abortion services on our military bases) ...

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