Republicans were put back in control of the House partially based upon their promises in their “Pledge to America”. You only have to read 271 words into the pledge to come to the following statement, which is the first time an actual issue is mentioned.
“Rising joblessness, crushing debt, and a polarizing political environment are fraying the bonds among our people and blurring our sense of national purpose.”
In actual fact, unemployment and U.S. debt were the two main issues facing voters in the November election. That being the case you would think our newly elected representatives would place major emphasis on creating jobs and reducing the debt.
Well, most people would think that, I’m sure.
Our Republican Representatives, however, seem to have their own agenda. H.R. 3, No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, is a bill introduced by our newly elected Republican-Controlled-Congress on January 20, 2011.
The problem with this bill is (1) it has nothing to do with creating jobs, (2) it has nothing to do with reducing the national debt and (3) it goes above and beyond.
The bill has the usual ‘no federal funds shall be used for abortions’, blah, blah, blah. Apparently the Republicans can’t comprehend the fact that no federal funds are currently used for abortions, nor is there anything in Public Law 111-148 providing federal funds for abortions.
`No funds authorized or appropriated by Federal law, and none of the funds in any trust fund to which funds are authorized or appropriated by Federal law, shall be expended for any abortion.
Where this bill goes above and beyond is by changing Internal Revenue laws regarding credits for medical expenses.
`SEC. 303. PROHIBITION ON TAX BENEFITS RELATING TO ABORTION.
`For taxable years beginning after the date of the enactment of this section—
`(1) no credit shall be allowed under the internal revenue laws with respect to amounts paid or incurred for an abortion or with respect to amounts paid or incurred for a health benefits plan (including premium assistance) that includes coverage of abortion,
`(2) for purposes of determining any deduction for expenses paid for medical care of the taxpayer or the taxpayer’s spouse or dependents, amounts paid or incurred for an abortion or for a health benefits plan that includes coverage of abortion shall not be taken into account, and
`(3) in the case of any tax-preferred trust or account the purpose of which is to pay medical expenses of the account beneficiary, any amount paid or distributed from such an account for an abortion shall be included in the gross income of such beneficiary.
An individual, family and/or dependents, will not be able to take a deduction for the actual cost of the abortion, or the cost of health care benefits. In other words if this bill passes you will not be able to take any of the normal medical deductions allowed by the Internal Revenue Service, should you choose to have an abortion.
Roe v. Wade gave women the right to choose, who do these people think they are to take that choice away from women by putting additional financial burdens on them, in the event they choose to abort?
The third sentence in the Republican “Pledge to America” reads as follows:
”America is the belief that any man or woman can – given economic, political, and religious liberty – advance themselves, their families, and the common good.”
As we all know there are millions of workers in this country that have lost their jobs for one reason or another. Do Republicans really think loss of job also means loss of sex drive? No matter what kind of birth control someone is using, it is not going to work 100% of the time, therefore it would be real possible for a couple to get pregnant and not want to add the expense of another child to their unemployed household. If they don’t have a job, more than likely they are also having problems maintaining their healthcare.
Are our current members of the House so totally oblivious to what’s happening in this country that they cannot see how passing this bill would have a detrimental effect on the lives of U.S. citizens already burdened with rising costs?
They were put in the House to solve problems, not create more problems.