Legislation
http://www.jbs.org/images/stories/Aug_10/art_august2r.001.jpg  JBS CEO Art Thompson wades into the controversy surrounding President Obama's birth certificate in his weekly analysis on the news. He shares a website to use as a resource for tracking stimulus spending, covers the concern regarding healthcare privacy and electronic medical records, previews the Aug. 30 issue of The New American magazine and discusses the last combat brigade leaving Iraq.
images/stories/July_10/sebel.jpg The privacy of our medical records has already been compromised by federal legislation prior to the passage of ObamaCare, such as the Stimulus bill of 2009. In an article entitled, "Obesity Rating for Every American Must Be Included in Stimulus-Mandated Electronic Health Records, Says HHS," CNSNews.com reported on July 15 that:
images/stories/July_10/demint.jpg A very important and worthy amendment was just defeated  in the Senate by a 55-43 vote. Senators Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and David Vitter (R-La.) introduced an amendment designed to stop the Obama Administration’s lawsuit against the State of Arizona and its taxpayers for SB 1070, the immigration bill that was recently passed and goes into effect July 29.
http://www.jbs.org/images/stories/June_10/kingr2.001.jpg Update, July 2: Yesterday Rep. King's discharge petition got 29 new signers for a total of 109! Immediately after ObamaCare was passed into law back in March, many representatives and senators introduced repeal ObamaCare bills, including Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). Those bills are now in limbo in various congressional committees and will never see the light of day, much less come to a vote, unless further action is taken.
http://www.jbs.org/images/stories/June_10/obamasour.001.jpg UPDATE, June 24: House passed H.R. 5175 by 219-206 today. Senate still must vote. As you might be already aware, House Speaker Pelosi had to pull the DISCLOSE Act, H.R. 5175, from a scheduled vote last Friday, when widespread outrage erupted over a special exemption for the NRA in exchange for not opposing the bill. Well, the bill is still alive and well with a vote now scheduled in the House for tomorrow, June 24. The Senate leadership has already promised Pelosi that if the House passes the bill, then the Senate will vote on it in time for it to take effect for the elections this fall.
http://www.jbs.org/images/stories/June_10/startr.001.jpg On April 8, 2010, in Prague, President Barack Obama and Russian President Dimitry Medvedev signed the New START Treaty. It must be ratified by 67 U.S. senators, and the Russian Parliament, of course, in order to take effect. The Obama Administration and top brass in the military are in favor of quick ratification.
http://www.jbs.org/images/stories/May_10/ronpaullarge.001.jpg Last night Ron Paul made an urgent appeal via a 2 1/2 minute video (see below) for immediate help in contacting senators to reject Bernie Sanders' new, watered-down Fed transparency amendment and to support an amendment with the original "Audit the Fed" language of H.R. 1207 and S. 604. A vote on Sanders' amendment to S. 3217 (the financial services overhaul bill) is expected on Tuesday, May 11. (For results of the votes on May 11, read "Senate Caves to Fed Pressure, Waters Down Audit.")  
http://www.jbs.org/images/stories/Aug_10/eggsr.001.jpg It happened just in time, the salmonella egg outbreak and recall, that is. Remarkably so, in fact, to help boost the chances of Senate Bill 510's passing. The Food Safety Modernization Act, whose companion bill H.R. 2749 already passed in the House, was facing quite the uphill battle. But not any more; a vote is now highly likely with approval possible if not probable.
http://www.jbs.org/images/stories/June_10/computerlockr.001.jpg “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and other laws to enhance the security and resiliency of the cyber and communications infrastructure of the United States.” These are the words used to describe the latest cybersecurity bill, S. 3480  "Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010," introduced on June 10 and cosponsored by Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.).
http://www.jbs.org/images/stories/Aug_10/heathcarer3.001.jpg There’s a lot of confusion occurring over what’s being nullified by the “Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act” legislation that’s been introduced in over 30 states, and already enacted into law in Virginia, Idaho, Arizona, Georgia, Missouri, and Louisiana. This legislation has been based on model legislation developed by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) back in December 2008, over a year before ObamaCare finally became law.
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