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Republicans sell out Christopher Reeve’s Paralysis Act

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Deadline Hollywood Where's their sense of decency?

L.A. Weekly has learned that, just a day after the actors death, one or more Republican senator put a surprise hold on the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Act. The uncontroversial legislation had been expected to sail through committee and then the Senate as easily as it had the House of Representatives where it passed 418 to zero last week. Mondays action was beyond cruel; it was like opposing Mom and apple pie.

Congressional sources confirmed to L.A. Weekly Tuesday that the hold was placed on the legislation from the Republican side of the aisle. Democratic committee members led by Senator Edward Kennedy are trying to find out which Republican senator or senators sandbagged S. 1010. The way the Senate system works, any senator can hold up a bill without accountability because anonymity is assured.

"Were shocked," a source inside the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation told L.A. Weekly on Tuesday. "We had been told the bill was going to pass the Senate, but then the Republicans put a hold on the legislation. We heard it was because Chris has been too outspoken on the stem-cell issue. That was the trigger.

"So it would have passed if Chris hadnt died."

While the rest of the world was mourning Reeves tragic death and celebrating his heroic life, on Monday the Republicans cravenly played politics with the actors legislation by holding up the bill inside the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions whose GOP members include chairman Judd Gregg (RNew Hampshire), who is running for reelection, and Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tennessee), a heart surgeon. Last July, Reeves wife, Dana, made a point of traveling to Senator Greggs backyard and meeting with the local media in an apparent attempt to keep the pressure on Gregg to move Reeves bill through his committee. She told the Portsmouth Herald, "There are no dollars attached to it, and it is just a real feel good piece of legislation. How could you not support it?"

But Senate Republicans found a way.

Read the whole article here.
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Deadline Hollywood Where's their sense of decency?

L.A. Weekly has learned that, just a day after the actors death, one or more Republican senator put a surprise hold on the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Act. The uncontroversial legislation had been expected to sail through committee and then the Senate as easily as it had the House of Representatives where it passed 418 to zero last week. Mondays action was beyond cruel; it was like opposing Mom and apple pie.

Congressional sources confirmed to L.A. Weekly Tuesday that the hold was placed on the legislation from the Republican side of the aisle. Democratic committee members led by Senator Edward Kennedy are trying to find out which Republican senator or senators sandbagged S. 1010. The way the Senate system works, any senator can hold up a bill without accountability because anonymity is assured.

"Were shocked," a source inside the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation told L.A. Weekly on Tuesday. "We had been told the bill was going to pass the Senate, but then the Republicans put a hold on the legislation. We heard it was because Chris has been too outspoken on the stem-cell issue. That was the trigger.

"So it would have passed if Chris hadnt died."

While the rest of the world was mourning Reeves tragic death and celebrating his heroic life, on Monday the Republicans cravenly played politics with the actors legislation by holding up the bill inside the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions whose GOP members include chairman Judd Gregg (RNew Hampshire), who is running for reelection, and Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tennessee), a heart surgeon. Last July, Reeves wife, Dana, made a point of traveling to Senator Greggs backyard and meeting with the local media in an apparent attempt to keep the pressure on Gregg to move Reeves bill through his committee. She told the Portsmouth Herald, "There are no dollars attached to it, and it is just a real feel good piece of legislation. How could you not support it?"

But Senate Republicans found a way.

Read the whole article here.


Pretty disgusting but pretty typical.
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The way the Senate system works, any senator can hold up a bill without accountability because anonymity is assured.

That's a bit rubbish. Any details on how this works (or doesn't) ?
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That's a bit rubbish. Any details on how this works (or doesn't) ?

I think it's when it's in a committee, someone can block it anonymously.
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Yes, typical. Just like Edwards promising that after Kerry is President, people like Reeve will walk again.
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Yes, typical. Just like Edwards promising that after Kerry is President, people like Reeve will walk again.

Yeah, killing Reeve's program is the same is mispeaking.

[I edited out the douchebag comment to avoid the wrath of the mods, even if it were warranted.]
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Some commitees in Congress have the power of determining when a bill will hit the chamber floor (House or Senate)by where they put on the House or Senate agenda.This means that being a Chairmen on one of these committees makes u even more powerful than the Representatives and Senators.
By putting a bill at the end of the agenda(calender) u can effectively kill it because it most likely will not reach the chamber floor before Congress adjourns
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