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    Bill to Aid Paralyzed Vets Blocked in Senate
    By Cristian Hernandez - Staff writer
    Posted : Wednesday Jul 30, 2008 8:09:27 EDT

    A bill promising more money for programs that help paralyzed veterans is part of a bundle of legislation tied up in partisan bickering in the Senate.

    The Christopher Reeve and Dana Reeve Act, which includes money for research into spinal cord injuries, is one of about 36 bills combined by Senate Democrats into what they are calling the Advancing America’s Priorities Act.

    The bills have been bundled in an attempt to bypass objections from Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., who has used senatorial privileges and procedures to stop action on several bills, including the spinal cord injury bill.

    The Democratic plan failed Monday on a 50-42 vote, leaving them short of the 60 votes needed to cut off debate on the package.

    Named for the late actor who suffered a spinal cord injury and for his late wife, the Reeve Act has the backing of Paralyzed Veterans of America. It would provide $25 million for clinical research on spinal cord injuries, rehabilitation research and programs to improve the quality of life of people who are paralyzed.

    “We have a war with many veterans who suffer some from spinal cord injuries or paralysis,” said Lee Page, associate advocacy director for Paralyzed Veterans for America.

    The group has 19,000 members, a small part of the estimated 200,000 Americans with spinal cord injuries who might be helped through more research, he said.

    The House of Representatives passed the Reeve bill in 2007 but the Senate never followed suit, Page said, adding that he hopes bipartisan support for the measure would overcome the procedural hurdles preventing its enactment.


  • #2
    Man, they have a bunch rolled up together with this one.

    Republican Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma didn’t come to Washington, D.C. to grow the government.

    A long time critic of federal spending and power, he has made prolific use of “holds” to prevent legislation he doesn’t like from moving forward.

    Now Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has reached his wit’s end. He has cobbled together into one bill a long list of measures that Coburn has been working to slow or stop. He’s hoping to roll over Senator Coburn and move them all forward. The bill is S. 3297, the Advancing America’s Priorities Act. But the nickname it has gotten is the “Coburn Omnibus.”

    Majority Leader Reid is expected to try to bring the bill to the Senate floor later this week.

    We have done our best to figure out which bills have been rolled into the Coburn Omnibus, using a copy of the bill he posted on his Web site. Thirty-six bills are listed below. The last would authorize the construction of a greenhouse in Suitland, Maryland.

    Coburn has reportedly said the bills in the "Coburn Omnibus" would create 77 new federal programs.

    The bills in S. 3297, the Advancing America’s Priorities Act

    S. 1382, the ALS Registry Act -
    S. 1183, the Christoper and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act -
    S. 999, the Stroke Treatment and Ongoing Prevention Act
    H.R. 20, the Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act -
    S. 1117, the Vision Care for Kids Act of 2008
    S. 1810, the Prenatally and Postnatally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act -

    H.R. 5524, the Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act of 2008
    S. 535, the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Act of 2007 -
    S. 2304, the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Reauthorization and Improvement Act of 2008 -
    H.R. 4120, the Effective Child Pornography Prosecution Act of 2007
    H.R. 4136, the Enhancing the Effective Prosecution of Child Pornography Act of 2007
    S. 1210, the Drug Endangered Children Act of 2007 -
    S. 1079, the Star-Spangled Banner and War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission Act -
    S. 1738, the PROTECT Our Children Act of 2008 (Combating Child Exploitation Act of 2007) -

    H.R. 2964, the Captive Primate Safety Act -
    S. 2707, the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network Continuing Authorization Act -
    S. 2844, the Beach Protection Act of 2008 -
    S. 496, the Appalachian Regional Development Act Amendments of 2008

    H.R. 1469, the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation Act of 2008 -
    H.R. 1084, the Reconstruction and Stabilization Civilian Management Act of 2008 -
    H.R. 2798, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation Reauthorization of Act of 2008 -
    S. 2020, the Tropical Forest and Coral Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2008 -
    H.R. 1678, the Torture Victims Relief Reauthorization Act of 2008 -
    H.R. 3320, the Support for the Museum of the History of Polish Jews Act of 2008

    S. 1492, the Broadband Data Improvement Act -
    S. 675, the Training for Realtime Writers Act of 2007 -
    H.R. 3352, the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act Amendments of 2008 -
    H.R. 1834, the NOAA Undersea Research Program Act of 2008 (National Ocean Exploration Program Act)
    H.R. 2400, the Ocean and Coastal Mapping Integration Act -
    H.R. 5618, the National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act of 2008 -
    S. 950, the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2008 -
    H.R. 4174, the Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act of 2008

    S. 1446, the National Capital Transportation Amendments Act of 2008
    H.R. 390, the Preservation of Records of Servitude, Emancipation, and Post-Civil War Reconstruction Act .
    S. 3175, the Predisaster Hazard Mitigation Act of 2008.

    H.R. 5492, To authorize the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution to construct a greenhouse facility at its museum support facility in Suitland, Maryland, and for other purposes.


    I also came across this while I was googling for more info. No I don't read teh Ron Paul forums, I just came across this on the search.
    If Harry Reid doesn't think Mothers are watching, we are! currently we have 8 million children on psychiatric drugs and climbing. The Mothers act being pushed by big pharm and the psychiatric industry wants to screen all new mothers for mental illness, the problem, there is no test, the other problem those who have been treated are the likes of Andrea Yates, Mandated Government Screening of Mothers in an act in the name of a mother that was screened and killed herself is nothing MOTHERS are pushing for, this is an industry driven bill. This is NOT A MOTHERS ACT! Pleae call Senator Reid and tell him NO SUPPORT for hidden MOTHERS ACT in Omnibus Bill 3297 being passed in the Summer, while Mothers are spending quality time with their new borns on vacation. Senator Reid have the guts and courage to face mothers for a full debate on the issue.

    Harry Reid has put The MOTHERS Act into an omnibus bill called S. 3297 "Advancing America's Priorities Act" - this is the only way they can pass it and they are trying to do so without debate. Mothers DO NOT SUPPORT THIS ACT!


    • #3
      Anyone know how the New Mothers Act is supposed to work? what happens if you don't get screened? Would'nt it be better to screen someone for mental illness before they have kids? Not that I think the gov't has any business screening us in the 1st palce...


      • #4
        Hmmmmm, nice list. Shame they don't put the $$$$ along with each program.
        A Veteran is someone who at one point in their life wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America, for an amount up to, and including their life. That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country today, who no longer understand that fact!


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