Friday, December 17, 2010

Tea Party Touts Successes, Asks Continued Vigilance

From the Philadelphia region's Independence Hall Tea Party Association:

What a difference an election makes!
By now, most of you are aware that the Democrats have caved on the ludicrous $1.2 trillion Omnibus Spending Bill. A Continuing Resolution will be implemented until the newly elected 112 th Congress takes up the budget issue in January. 
Along with the recent Federal court ruling against ObamaCare, this is a fantastic Tea Party victory! 
And while 85% of those who responded to yesterday's survey legitimately disapproved of the compromise tax bill that passed the U.S. House late last night, one has to appreciate the fact that, prior to the election, such a bill would have never contained an extension of the entire Bush tax cuts, new payroll tax deductions, and additional business tax breaks had it not been for Tea Party successes in November. 
We must, however, continue our vigilance over the 111th Congress as it enters its final days! 
Today and tomorrow, the U.S. Senate will consider three major pieces of legislation: the New START; the Dream Act; and Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
There is absolutely no reason why any of these issues should be decided in the lame duck session. That message, at the very least, is one you might convey to your Senators.
While the Tea Party has not generally taken a position on Don't Ask, Don't Tell, it has staked out a clear policy of support for our nation's security.
The New START, if ratified by the Senate, could, among other travesties, inhibit our country's ability to produce and deploy missile defense systems--thereby denying us full rights to shield ourselves and our allies from possible nuclear attack. 
Senator Jon Kyl (Ariz.), the Republican point man for the New START, is leading the opposition to its ratification.
The usual suspects, Republicans Richard Lugar (Ind.), Olympia Snowe (Maine), and Susan Collins (Maine), have endorsed the New Start. 
At least eight other Republicans, including Bob Bennett (Utah), Lindsay Graham (S.C.),
Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), George Voinovich (Ohio), Bob Corker (Tenn.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), John McCain (Ariz.) and Scott Brown (Mass.) are sitting on the fence. 

For Senate ratification of treaties, 67 votes are required. The vote is expected to be close.
The other major lame duck worry, known as the Dream Act, could be voted on as early as tomorrow. A back door path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, the Dream Act would grant amnesty to as many as two million young aliens (up to age 30)--provided they stay in school or enroll in American institutions of higher learning at a considerable cost to US taxpayers.
What Dream Act advocates aren't saying is this: Once the "young [illegal] immigrants" gain citizenship, they will be able to sponsor their parents and other relatives--many of whom are also illegal immigrants--thereby providing amnesty to millions more.
Republicans Richard Lugar (Ind.), Kay Baily Hutchison (Texas), and Bob Bennett (Utah) are leaning in favor of the bill.
Please call your U.S. Senators and those previously mentioned. Tell them to stop the New START and end the Dream Act nightmare.
If you dial the Capitol Switchboard at 202.224.3121 or 202.225.3121, you can easily be connected to any U.S. Senator (DE: Carper, Coons; NJ: Menendez, Lautenberg;  PA: Casey, Specter) or U.S. Representative.

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