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House GOP Might Shut Down Government Over Contraception

House GOP Might Shut Down Government Over Contraception


Republicans just won’t let go of their fight against contraception. This time they’ve tied the issue to must-pass legislation, and as Talking Points Memo notes, possibly foreshadowing a government shutdown standoff over the issue.

The issue came up yesterday when House Republicans advanced a measure through the Labor-HHS appropriations subcommittee with a rider to roll back the contraception mandate. The measure appears before the full appropriations committee next week and funds some of the largest government departments beyond Sept. 30th.

“The Affordable Care Act guaranteed that all insurance plans cover preventive services without cost sharing, including basic services such as HPV screening, vaccines, HIV/AIDS screening, and contraceptives,” said Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), who tried to have the provision removed. “It is unacceptable that House Republicans continue to go out of their way to deny women basic healthcare.”

The rider pushed by House Republicans also kills off family planning funding including funding to Planned Parenthood, slashes health programs and pushes abstinence-only education.

“This bill is about making tough choices, setting priorities and doing the right thing,” said subcommittee Chairman Denny Rehberg (R-MT) in a statement. “By reining in spending and controlling over-regulation, this bill supports job creation and economic recovery.”

This is a fight most Republicans don’t want. Senate Republicans already extended funding for at-risk programs through the election and at levels the parties agreed to during last August’s debt limit fight. That means the responsibility for this nonsense falls squarely on the shoulders of House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). And since we all know Boehner has no ability to control the radical fringe in the House, looks like we should start prepping now for another shutdown battle over women’s health care.

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6:03PM PST on Feb 22, 2013

(Make that cry ... it's Friday, I have an excuse for typos!)

6:02PM PST on Feb 22, 2013

@ Paul H: He can't dry, his spray-on tan will start running ...

9:21AM PST on Feb 21, 2013

Some congress. If can't get their way just shut down the government. Boy that is what I call a tantrum big time 2 year old.

8:24AM PST on Feb 21, 2013

The far right, will not move on to important things such as ecpnomy, jobs untill they get their way. They will stick on the no contraciption coverage.. The one's that could afford it befor will have it, and the ones who cannot will not have it. Doesn't make since as they are they are the ones that taxes will have to help support, with food stamps, medical bills etc. Cheaper to give the contraception to them.Abstances, doesn't work

5:12AM PST on Feb 21, 2013

Spoiled brat repub's....anytime they don't get their way, there's a threat of government shutdown. Wonder when BONER will start crying ?

5:09AM PST on Feb 21, 2013

Spoiled brat repub's....anytime they don't get their way, there's a threat of government shutdown. Wonder when BONER will start crying ?

8:14AM PST on Dec 30, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

6:15AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Eric L the assertion that the Community Reinvestment Act caused the worldwide collapse is a false one created and promoted by those actually responsible for the damage.

The real losses (the really big ones) came in the derivatives market. And of course we know the Wall Street fraudsters, with help from corrupt ratings agencies, caused these losses.

There was nothing in the Community Reinvestment Act that encouraged the banks to make loans to people with no assets. There was nothing in there that encouraged predatory lending or fraud.

The meme that poor people, mostly racial minorities, and irresponsible borrowers, caused this was a propaganda assault to deflect blame from the criminal investment banks.

But, being a free market true believer you are by nature willing to buy into such a fabrication. That was my point early on. You cannot expect the readers of Care2 to accept your explanation. Your explanation was designed to convince the gullible right leaning libertarian free marketeers. It doesn't work on the more well informed.

8:53AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

"Once again Eric, empty paltitudes. Educate yourself on the issues and then come back and maybe you will have something worthwhile to talk about rather than lame right wing talking points about the evils of "regulation" and how "corporate profits" create jobs."

Once again you criticize me but offer nothing to refute what I say. Care to point out where you think I'm wrong?

8:50AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

"Eric, maybe you could tell us specifically which regulations caused predatory lending, the housing bubble, the housing bubble crash and the securitization of toxic mortgage assets."

Your making this too easy Don. Here's one for you the Community Reinvestment Act

And of course 2 of the biggest players in the housing bubble were Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac

And let's not forget the mortgage interest tax deduction which encourages people to buy bigger and more expensive houses than they otherwise would.

Then there is the FED, need I say more?

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