News Clips Dec. 4, 2009

The Two Elephants on the Senate Floor

No matter what legislators are fighting about on the Senate floor, there are two issues in the health care debate that likely are key to the final outcome: provisions related to insurance coverage for abortion and to a proposed government-run health insurance plan, or public option.

GOP’s bid on Medicare fails

WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats closed ranks yesterday behind $460 billion in politically risky cuts in Medicare payments that are crucial to their health-care legislation, thwarting a Republican attempt to doom the overhaul.

The GOP bid to reverse cuts to the popular program drew two Democratic defectors but failed, 58-42.

Approval of the amendment would have stripped the bill of money needed to pay for expanding coverage to tens of millions of uninsured.

Abortion Funding Emerges Again as Threat to Health-Care Measure

Dec. 4 (Bloomberg) — Abortion, the issue that almost derailed House health-care legislation, emerged anew as a hurdle for the U.S. Senate measure.

Senator Ben Nelson, a Nebraska Democrat, threatened to join with Republicans to vote against the final measure unless he’s satisfied with language preventing federal funds from being used for the procedure. He may soon offer an amendment to bring language in the bill in line with a House provision.

HRW slams U.S. immigration policies

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 (UPI) — The U.S. Congress must do more to ensure immigrants facing deportation have access to all the benefits of the legal system, Human Rights Watch said.

The rights advocacy group in an 88-page report on the practices of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency complains the detention policies for immigrants facing deportation amounts to “a chaotic game of musical chairs.”

Anti-immigrant group Legal Immigration PAC says adios to ex-CNN anchor Lou Dobbs

A leading anti-immigrant group bid adios to Lou Dobbs on Thursday, now that the ex-CNN anchor is casting himself as a true friend to immigrants as he mulls a run for office.

The Americans for Legal Immigration PAC announced they were yanking their support for Dobbs, who in recent days has been trying to deny his record as an often caustic foe of giving illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.

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How Are U.S. Immigration Policies Contributing To Border Crosser Deaths?

Maureen Cavanaugh: The debate over the deaths of illegal border crossers landed on the doorstep of the San Diego County Water Authority offices yesterday. A band of protesters displayed 17 body bags, representing the 17 people who have drowned in recent months trying to cross the All-American Canal.

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Hispanic meeting professionals to gather in Denver Dec. 6-9

The 14th annual International Association of Hispanic Meeting Professionals Conference & Trade Expo opens Sunday at Denver’s Hyatt Regency Hotel Tech Center.

One Response to News Clips Dec. 4, 2009

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