House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. John Conyers, a Michigan Democrat, recently told a CNS News reporter that the “good and welfare clause” gives Congress the authority to force individuals to buy health insurance which is required in the health care bill. However, there is no “good and welfare clause” in the U.S. Constitution.
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Congressman Bart Stupak, a Michigan Democrat, told reporters Sunday: "Make no doubt about it. There will be no public funds for abortion," as he attempted to explain why he chose to support the health care bill after striking a deal with the White House. Mr. Stupak and his cadre of self-proclaimed "pro-life" Democrats defended the Executive Order that Mr. Obama said he would sign, which Mr. Stupak believes reasserts the intentions of the Hyde Amendment.
Reports are emerging that pro-life Congressman Bart Stupak, a Michigan Democrat, may be close to a deal with the White House regarding his issues with federal funding for abortion in the Senate health care bill. Mr. Stupak's spokeswoman toldnews outlets that a deal could be made for a presidential executive order that would address the Michigan Democrat's abortion funding objections. However, pro-life leaders and opponents of the health care legislation spoke out against the executive order idea as the best solution to keep tax-payer dollars away from the abortion industry.
Rep. Andre Carson, Indiana Democrat, who is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, claims that "tea party" protesters hurled racial slurs at fellow CBC member Rep. John Lewis, Georgia Georgia. Mr. Carson said that "hundreds of people" were chanting, "Kill the bill," and he heard "at least 15 times" the “n – word” being thrown around.
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Rep. Earl Pomeroy, a North Dakota Democrat, came under fire yesterday when the GOP began questioning if the student loan provision in the health care bill held a sweetheart deal meant to entice Mr. Pomeroy, who is currently undecided, to vote in favor of the bill. Mr. Pomeroy now says the controversial aspect of that provision will be taken out.
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Republicans are going after Rep. Earl Pomeroy, a North Dakota Democrat, who is currently undecided on the health care bill, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, for possibly setting up a sweetheart deal in the student loan provision of the health care bill in exchange for his support on the legislation.
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Senator Tom Coburn (R- OK) warned members of the House of Representatives that Republican senators will watch carefully for any deals the White House or Democratic leaders make with members in exchange for their votes.