HR 3261, also called the “SOPA” bill, will make radical changes to the freedom that you now experience on the Internet. In a nutshell, it will take power away from the people and hand it over to a small group of powerful entities, like Rupert Murdoch and others of his ilk.
Supporters of this bill say that it is intended to curtail industrial-level copyright infringement in places like China, and that the new law would never be used against individuals. If that is the case, the bill should be rewritten to reflect that. At the end of the day, only what’s written counts.
48 Republicans broke ranks to defeat the much-contested disaster relief bill that also contains measures to prevent the looming government shutdown. This is is being widely interpreted by Beltway insiders as House Speaker Boehner losing the tight control he has exerted over House GOP members throughout 2011.
“This is the beginning of the election year tremors,” said political strategist James Carville. “And the shaking’s going to get bigger, not smaller.”
These bills are showing up everywhere now. And the amazing thing is, the statement above is true. You may recall the recent public discussion about which large corporations have paid no taxes in recent years, largely because of loopholes put in place by Republican legislators. For example, General Electric paid no taxes at all in 2009. Not a small amount. Not a low rate. They literally did not pay a dollar.
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Should rape and incest survivors be forced to prove that they were assaulted to the IRS? Amazingly, the Republicans in the House of Representatives have answered with a resounding “Yes!” HR 3, the bill that includes this provision, has now passed in the House.
Here’s how it would work: HR 3 imposes tax penalties on small businesses and individuals who buy abortion coverage with their OWN money—with exceptions only for cases of rape, incest, or when a woman’s life is in danger.
The result? Survivors of rape and incest who seek abortions could be forced to detail their assaults and provide proof to IRS investigators.
Tell the Senate to stand up against this terrible bill, and speak out against the Republican war on women. Please sign the MoveOn.org petition today.
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Ohio’s Republican-controlled House of Representatives is scared to pass SB 5, which ends collective bargaining rights, because of the people’s outcry and the fast-moving recall campaigns mounted in Wisconsin. DUH, WINNING!
There’s a wave of legislative attacks on women’s rights happening right now. The current move by a small group of older males to seize control of the lives and sexuality of all women is gathering force, and the intent is as ugly as that of any Bronze Age patriarch.
OHIO: Republicans are launching five separate bills aimed at restricting access to abortions, including a controversial measure banning the procedure as early as six weeks after conception.” One proposed law would outlaw abortions from the moment a fetus’ heartbeat is detected.
SOUTH DAKOTA: Legislation seeks to redefine the definition of “justifiable homicide” to the defense of an “unborn child.” Abortion-rights advocates immediately described the pending statute as “an invitation to murder abortion providers.”
IOWA: A panel of the state House Human Resources Committee approved language that would criminalize doctors who perform abortions.
MONTANA, OKLAHOMA, FLORIDA, TEXAS, IOWA, NORTH DAKOTA: New “personhood” bills define “personhood” at a fetus’s earliest moments – even earlier than the current test set forth by the Supreme Court.
NATIONAL: One bill would prevent women from purchasing insurance that includes abortion coverage in the new insurance exchanges even if they’re using their own money. This kind of restriction could lead to insurance companies dropping abortion coverage entirely. The same bill would also levy a special tax on small businesses and individuals who purchase insurance coverage that includes abortion. Another bill would, incredibly, allow hospitals to turn away a woman seeking an abortion, even if she’ll die without it—a major change from current law.
Please sign the petition: http://pol.moveon.org/wontgoback/
Right now, federal dollars can only be used for abortion in cases of rape, incest, or when the woman’s life is in danger. To get around this, the Smith bill would narrow the legal meaning of “rape” to mean only violent rape: Date rape, coerced rape, statutory rape, and rape of the mentally impaired would no longer be considered “rape.”
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