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WashingtonWatch.com Digest – November 15, 2010

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On the Blog: Sen. Republicans—Yay or Nay on Earmarks?

On Tuesday, Senate Republicans will vote on whether to participate in earmarking during the next Congress. It’s a secret ballot, which puts a twist on things, and the issue has advocacy groups energized.

Read about it in a blog post entitled: “Earmarks—Will Senate Republicans Swear Them Off or Not?

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Featured Item

Congress returns this week to a “lame duck” session. (Representatives who were voted out continue to serve until the new Congress starts in January.)

The House will debate H.R. 1722, the Telework Improvements Act of 2009. The bill would require federal agencies to determine which employees can do “telework,” working part time from places other than their regular place of employment.

Passage of H.R. 1722 would cost about $0.26 per U.S. family.

H.R. 1722
The Telework Improvements Act of 2009
Costs $0.26 per family

What People Think

Click here to vote on The Telework Improvements Act of 2009. Click here to vote on The Telework Improvements Act of 2009.

The Telework Improvements Act of 2009
34% For, 66% Against

Vote on this Bill

Displayed below are new, updated, and passed items with their cost or savings per family.

New Items

S. 118
The Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Act of 2009
Costs $0.12 per family

S. 1481
The Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of 2009
Costs $12.60 per family

S. 1183
The Haiti Reforestation Act of 2009
Costs $4.42 per family

Updated Items

H.R. 2142
The Government Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Performance Improvement Act of 2009
Costs $0.69 per family

S. 2881
The FCC Commissioners’ Technical Resource Enhancement Act
Costs $0.13 per family

Passed Items

none

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Elba Noble

I am very frustrated with the way a small amount of people have been given so much power over such critical decisions. This government has frivolously spent trillions of dollars on other countries problems. We were brought up to be responsible with our earnings. Pay our bills first, take care of your family’s needs second and if there is anything left over save some and enjoy some or help others. This government is about spend first and if there is anything left over help our country. We have nothing left over you can print all the paper money you want, it has now worth. These few people have control over our medical system and yet it is failing our elderly, it is failing people that need their support to pay for medications, it is failing our poor people, our homeless, our schools. Our young people cannot compete with other countries intellectually because the government talks a big game. Let’s teach our children, get rid of teachers and get them the best what a joke. Whatever money is allocated to the states for schools is being used for other needs of the state; like roads,
more law-enforcement oh and by all means let’s make the prisons more cushy so our inmates are comfortable and don’t mind spending time in jail. It is okay that our kids can’t read, or know how to solve issues other than with violence. Ghetto’s, gangs drugs, deceases cropping up everywhere that we have never seen before. Yes, but let’s send billions first to other countries to help their needy and solve their issues with deceases, ghettos and drugs and terrorist. Take care of our people first. Stop handing foreigners Visa’s, Medicaid and food stamps, grants for education of which, they don’t plan to better our country with. This country is broken like never before. I am a citizen, grew up in a ghetto, when to college with no scholarships or grants, work all my life paid taxes, help others, volunteer in different societies. Now I am frantically waiting for some senator- to decide the fate of my son.
Some senator to decide what kind of life he is to live. Is there money for this project or not.
My son went into renal shutdown on his 18th birthday. We almost lost him several times. Six months before he was to graduated from high school. On dialysis for a year and a half. When he wasn’t in the hospital with pericarditis, or pneumonia, or chest pains because they took out too much fluid, or vomiting because dialysis was so difficult on him, he mange to finish his final credits and graduated with his class, swollen and sickly he did it. He deferred his admission to Leeds School of Business in Boulder, Colorado for a year. He received a kidney from his Uncle, one year ago. He is in his second year at the University and is involved with a church group that do mission trips helping others in poverty and who have lost their faith because of the difficulties of this world. When he graduates, he will get a job, pay taxes, and help others too. Unless, this small group of people decided that in three years the government’ medicare program will not continue to pay for his anti- rejection drugs. At which time, he will lose his kidney, his health, go back on dialysis, go back to multiple hospitalizations, go back on the waiting list for another kidney, which will take longer to find and harder to match because of antibodies his body makes during the rejection process. The cost
of paying for anti-rejection drugs for the government is about $1,700.00. The cost of maintaining a patient on dialysis is about $130,000.00. These are averages, all depends on whether the patient has diabetes and/or high blood pressure and other health issues.
Patients with the new organ generally have optimal kidney function and are healthy individuals. Patients dependent on dialysis are sickly, due to the fact that their kidneys are barely working at 30%, Meaning that the toxin are not being clear out of their bodies. Dialysis 3-4 times weekly for 3-4 hours, described as being put through a washing machine, only allows your kidney to work 30%. Usually the cut-off for transplantation.
So how can these senators only look at the monetary issue involved here. It is about the quality of life and, pain for the patient and their love ones. I suffered seeing my child suffer as he did. He has been given a Second Chance at Life and he is doing positive things with his life. I could not
bare to see his life cut short because of money. Money that this country should have if not for the wasteful behavior a select few have be exhibiting.
Do Not Play God. Millions of people depend upon the outcome of this Bill.
Organs are not easy to come by and should not be wasted. Especially, if the sacrifice came from a living and caring human being. We are trying to elevate the Donor program but what will happen if the donors knew their
Generous, selfless donation was done in vain.
Elba Noble

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