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N.J. senators push to keep public option

http://www.app.com/article/20091011/NEWS03/910110362/1007/NEWS02&source=rss

From App.com:  New Jersey Sens. Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg joined 28 other Democrats on Thursday in urging Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada to include the public option in a measure expected to reach the Senate floor before year’s end.”We have spent the better part of this year fighting for health reform that would provide insurance access and continuity to every American in a fiscally responsible manner,” they wrote in a letter to Reid. “We are concerned that absent a competitive and continuous public insurance option, health reform legislation will not produce nationwide access and ongoing cost containment.”

I’m sorry to say, but I do live in NJ and I have been to the town halls, where Frank Pallone tries to convince a packed room of people holding anti-obamacare signs that he believes that the majority of his constituents want the public option.  Lets take a look at some of house member Pallone’s recent votes:

Prohibiting Federal Assistance to ACORN Nay
Student Aid Program Modifications Yea
Energy Law Amendments (Cap and Trade) Yea
Hate Crimes Expansion Yea
Releasing Funds for Economic Stabilization Act Yea
Auto Industry Financing Yea
Mortgage Restructuring In Bankruptcy Yea
Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling and Extending Certain Renewable Energy Tax Credits Nay
Supplemental Appropriations for the Cash for Clunkers Program Yea

I should also mention Pallone made it a point at his town hall to tell everyone he played a key role in writing both the healthcare bill, as well as the cap and trade bill.

Next is Robert Menendez::

Prohibiting the Funds in S 1200 from Being Used for Abortions Nay
Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 Yea
CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2009 Yea
FDA Oversight of Tobacco Products Yea
Earmark Moratorium Nay
Immigration Enforcement and Border Fence Amendment Nay
Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan Nay
Permanent Residence for Certain Undocumented Immigrants Yea
Carbon Emissions Cap and Trade Plan Yea

And finally lets see Frank Lautenberg’s record:

Prohibiting the Funds in S 1200 from Being Used for Abortions Nay
Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 Yea
Supplemental Appropriations for the Cash for Clunkers Program Yea
CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2009 Yea
FDA Oversight of Tobacco Products Yea
Earmark Moratorium Nay
Immigration Enforcement and Border Fence Amendment Nay
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Funding Yea
Carbon Emissions Cap and Trade Plan Yea
Kathleen Sebelius Confirmation Yea
Timothy Geithner Nomination Yea
Carrying Concealed Firearms Nay
Requiring Reinforced Border Fencing Nay

I’m embarrassed to admit I live in the toilet bowl otherwise known as New Jersey.  Although there might be a light at the end of the tunnel with Chris Christie slightly leading in the poles, I’m not too hopeful.  If you live in one of the other 49 states please contact your representatives so one day we don’t wake up living under even more tyranny than we do today.

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