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    McKeon, Cantor Introduce Resolution Allowing Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients to Fly the American Flag

    By netboots, on Dec 7, 2009

    [Source: California Republican Party News]

    WASHINGTON, D.C. ˜ Today, Rep. Howard P. ‘Buck’ McKeon (R-CA) and Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) introduced a resolution, H. Res. 952, allowing Congressional Medal of Honor recipients to properly display the United States flag on their property at all times.

    Recent media reports, including from the Mark Levin Show, uncovered a 90 year old Medal of Honor recipient, Col. Van T. Barfoot, who was ordered by his homeowner association last week to remove a flagpole from his yard, where he raises the American flag faithfully each morning.

    ‘I was appalled to learn that one of our decorated Congressional Medal of Honor veterans was being prevented from proudly displaying the Flag of the United States of America in an honorable way,’ said Rep. McKeon. ‘This reminds me of that famous quote by George Washington: ‏The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional as to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their country.– Our service men and women - especially those living with honors and distinction- should be allowed to fly the flag that represents the very freedoms they fought so hard to protect.’

    ‘It–s a sad day when a veteran of three wars is told he cannot fly the American flag on a poll outside of his home,’ said Republican Whip Cantor. ‘Col. Barfoot made countless sacrifices, wore our country–s uniform with honor, and has earned the right to proudly display the American flag. I thank Col. Barfoot for his service and support his patriotism and efforts, as well as those here in the House, to allow him to fly his flag.’

    Barfoot resides in Henrico County, Virginia.


    List of New Federal Bureaucracies Created in Health Care Bill

    By netboots, on Nov 22, 2009

    [Source: California Republican Party News]

    The House Republican Conference has compiled a list of all the new boards, bureaucracies, commissions, and programs created in H.R. 3962, Speaker Pelosi's government takeover of health care:

    1. Retiree Reserve Trust Fund (Section 111(d), p. 61)

    2. Grant program for wellness programs to small employers (Section 112, p. 62)

    3. Grant program for State health access programs (Section 114, p. 72)

    4. Program of administrative simplification (Section 115, p. 76)

    5. Health Benefits Advisory Committee (Section 223, p. 111)

    6. Health Choices Administration (Section 241, p. 131)

    7. Qualified Health Benefits Plan Ombudsman (Section 244, p. 138)

    8. Health Insurance Exchange (Section 201, p. 155)

    9. Program for technical assistance to employees of small businesses buying Exchange coverage (Section 305(h), p. 191)

    10. Mechanism for insurance risk pooling to be established by Health Choices Commissioner (Section 306(b), p. 194)

    11. Health Insurance Exchange Trust Fund (Section 307, p. 195)

    12. State-based Health Insurance Exchanges (Section 308, p. 197)

    13. Grant program for health insurance cooperatives (Section 310, p. 206)

    14. "Public Health Insurance Option" (Section 321, p. 211)

    15. Ombudsman for "Public Health Insurance Option" (Section 321(d), p. 213)

    16. Account for receipts and disbursements for "Public Health Insurance Option" (Section 322(b), p. 215)

    17. Telehealth Advisory Committee (Section 1191 (b), p. 589)

    18. Demonstration program providing reimbursement for "culturally and linguistically appropriate services" (Section 1222, p. 617)

    19. Demonstration program for shared decision making using patient decision aids (Section 1236, p. 648)

    20. Accountable Care Organization pilot program under Medicare (Section 1301, p. 653)

    21. Independent patient-centered medical home pilot program under Medicare (Section 1302, p. 672)

    22. Community-based medical home pilot program under Medicare (Section 1302(d), p. 681)

    23. Independence at home demonstration program (Section 1312, p.. 718)

    24. Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research (Section 1401(a), p. 734)

    25. Comparative Effectiveness Research Commission (Section 1401(a), p. 738)

    26. Patient ombudsman for comparative effectiveness research (Section 1401(a), p. 753)

    27. Quality assurance and performance improvement program for skilled nursing facilities (Section 1412(b)(1), p. 784)

    28. Quality assurance and performance improvement program for nursing facilities (Section 1412 (b)(2), p. 786)

    29. Special focus facility program for skilled nursing facilities (Section 1413(a)(3), p. 796)

    30. Special focus facility program for nursing facilities (Section 1413(b)(3), p. 804)

    31. National independent monitor pilot program for skilled nursing facilities and nursing facilities (Section 1422, p. 859)

    32. Demonstration program for approved teaching health centers with respect to Medicare GME (Section 1502(d), p. 933)

    33. Pilot program to develop anti-fraud compliance systems for Medicare providers (Section 1635, p. 978)

    34. Special Inspector General for the Health Insurance Exchange (Section 1647, p. 1000)

    35. Medical home pilot program under Medicaid (Section 1722, p. 1058)

    36. Accountable Care Organization pilot program under Medicaid (Section 1730A, p. 1073)

    37. Nursing facility supplemental payment program (Section 1745, p. 1106)

    38. Demonstration program for Medicaid coverage to stabilize emergency medical conditions in institutions for mental diseases (Section 1787, p. 1149)

    39. Comparative Effectiveness Research Trust Fund (Section 1802, p. 1162)

    40. "Identifiable office or program" within CMS to "provide for improved coordination between Medicare and Medicaid in the case of dual eligibles" (Section 1905, p. 1191)

    41. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Section 1907, p. 1198)

    42. Public Health Investment Fund (Section 2002, p. 1214)

    43. Scholarships for service in health professional needs areas (Section 2211, p. 1224)

    44. Program for training medical residents in community-based settings (Section 2214, p. 1236)

    45. Grant program for training in dentistry programs (Section 2215, p. 1240)

    46. Public Health Workforce Corps (Section 2231, p. 1253)

    47. Public health workforce scholarship program (Section 2231, p. 1254)

    48. Public health workforce loan forgiveness program (Section 2231, p. 1258)

    49. Grant program for innovations in interdisciplinary care (Section 2252, p. 1272)

    50. Advisory Committee on Health Workforce Evaluation and Assessment (Section 2261, p. 1275)

    51. Prevention and Wellness Trust (Section 2301, p. 1286)

    52. Clinical Prevention Stakeholders Board (Section 2301, p. 1295)

    53. Community Prevention Stakeholders Board (Section 2301, p. 1301)

    54. Grant program for community prevention and wellness research (Section 2301, p. 1305)

    55. Grant program for research and demonstration projects related to wellness incentives (Section 2301, p. 1305)

    56. Grant program for community prevention and wellness services (Section 2301, p. 1308)

    57. Grant program for public health infrastructure (Section 2301, p. 1313)

    58. Center for Quality Improvement (Section 2401, p. 1322)

    59. Assistant Secretary for Health Information (Section 2402, p.. 1330)

    60. Grant program to support the operation of school-based health clinics (Section 2511, p. 1352)

    61. Grant program for nurse-managed health centers (Section 2512, p. 1361)

    62. Grants for labor-management programs for nursing training (Section 2521, p. 1372)

    63. Grant program for interdisciplinary mental and behavioral health training (Section 2522, p. 1382)

    64. "No Child Left Unimmunized Against Influenza" demonstration grant program (Section 2524, p. 1391)

    65. Healthy Teen Initiative grant program regarding teen pregnancy (Section 2526, p. 1398)

    66. Grant program for interdisciplinary training, education, and services for individuals with autism (Section 2527(a), p. 1402)

    67. University centers for excellence in developmental disabilities education (Section 2527(b), p. 1410)

    68. Grant program to implement medication therapy management services (Section 2528, p. 1412)

    69. Grant program to promote positive health behaviors in underserved communities (Section 2530, p. 1422)

    70. Grant program for State alternative medical liability laws (Section 2531, p. 1431)

    71. Grant program to develop infant mortality programs (Section 2532, p. 1433)

    72. Grant program to prepare secondary school students for careers in health professions (Section 2533, p. 1437)

    73. Grant program for community-based collaborative care (Section 2534, p. 1440)

    74. Grant program for community-based overweight and obesity prevention (Section 2535, p. 1457)

    75. Grant program for reducing the student-to-school nurse ratio in primary and secondary schools (Section 2536, p. 1462)

    76. Demonstration project of grants to medical-legal partnerships (Section 2537, p. 1464)

    77. Center for Emergency Care under the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (Section 2552, p. 1478)

    78. Council for Emergency Care (Section 2552, p 1479)

    79. Grant program to support demonstration programs that design and implement regionalized emergency care systems (Section 2553, p. 1480)

    80. Grant program to assist veterans who wish to become emergency medical technicians upon discharge (Section 2554, p. 1487)

    81. Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (Section 2562, p. 1494)

    82. National Medical Device Registry (Section 2571, p. 1501)

    83. CLASS Independence Fund (Section 2581, p. 1597)

    84. CLASS Independence Fund Board of Trustees (Section 2581, p. 1598)

    85. CLASS Independence Advisory Council (Section 2581, p. 1602)

    86. Health and Human Services Coordinating Committee on Women's Health (Section 2588, p. 1610)

    87. National Women's Health Information Center (Section 2588, p.. 1611)

    88. Centers for Disease Control Office of Women's Health (Section 2588, p. 1614)

    89. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Office of Women's Health and Gender-Based Research (Section 2588, p. 1617)

    90. Health Resources and Services Administration Office of Women's Health (Section 2588, p. 1618)

    91. Food and Drug Administration Office of Women's Health (Section 2588, p. 1621)

    92. Personal Care Attendant Workforce Advisory Panel (Section 2589(a)(2), p. 1624)

    93. Grant program for national health workforce online training (Section 2591, p. 1629)

    94. Grant program to disseminate best practices on implementing health workforce investment programs (Section 2591, p. 1632)

    95. Demonstration program for chronic shortages of health professionals (Section 3101, p. 1717)

    96. Demonstration program for substance abuse counselor educational curricula (Section 3101, p. 1719)

    97. Program of Indian community education on mental illness (Section 3101, p. 1722)

    98. Intergovernmental Task Force on Indian environmental and nuclear hazards (Section 3101, p. 1754)

    99. Office of Indian Men's Health (Section 3101, p. 1765)

    100.Indian Health facilities appropriation advisory board (Section 3101, p. 1774)

    101.Indian Health facilities needs assessment workgroup (Section 3101, p. 1775)

    102.Indian Health Service tribal facilities joint venture demonstration projects (Section 3101, p. 1809)

    103.Urban youth treatment center demonstration project (Section 3101, p. 1873)

    104.Grants to Urban Indian Organizations for diabetes prevention (Section 3101, p. 1874)

    105.Grants to Urban Indian Organizations for health IT adoption (Section 3101, p. 1877)

    106.Mental health technician training program (Section 3101, p. 1898)

    107.Indian youth telemental health demonstration project (Section 3101, p. 1909)

    108.Program for treatment of child sexual abuse victims and perpetrators (Section 3101, p. 1925)

    109.Program for treatment of domestic violence and sexual abuse (Section 3101, p. 1927)

    110.Native American Health and Wellness Foundation (Section 3103, p. 1966)

    111.Committee for the Establishment of the Native American Health and Wellness Foundation (Section 3103, p. 1968)

    CRP Statement on Barbara Boxer's Senate Health Care Vote Tonight

    By netboots, on Nov 20, 2009

    [Source: California Republican Party News]

    SACRAMENTO - California Republican Party Chairman Ron Nehring issued the following statement this evening:

    "Tonight Barbara Boxer put her liberal ideology first as she brought America one dangerous step closer to government-run health care.

    "Her vote paves the way for Harry Reid's and Nancy's Pelosi's health care vision to become reality, together with the higher premiums, higher taxes, Medicare cuts, and taxpayer funded abortions that are all part of this plan.

    "The 2009 elections demonstrated that Americans have become increasingly disillusioned with the Democrats' agenda of government bailouts and takeovers with their massive deficits, out of control spending, government owned auto-companies, an energy tax, and now government health care. At a time when California's unemployment rate has hit 12.5%, well above the national average, the job and wage losses the Pelosi-Boxer health care plan will impose come at a time when Californians can least afford it.

    "Her vote for more government control in our lives and our health care is just the latest reason we're looking forward to sending a new United States Senator to Washington representing California next year.

    CRP Statement on the Passing of Hon. Nao Takasugi

    By netboots, on Nov 19, 2009

    [Source: California Republican Party News]

    SACRAMENTO - California Republican Party Chairman Ron Nehring issued the following statement this evening:

    "Each of us at the California Republican Party is saddened tonight by the news that former Assemblyman Nao Takasugi of Oxnard has passed away.

    "Mr. Takasugi led an extraordinary life, from his studies at UCLA, to an internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II, to later serving as the Mayor of Oxnard, and finally as a member of the California State Assembly. Tonight we all take the time to recognize an extraordinary man, and an extraordinary Californian.

    Nao Takasugi served in the California State Assembly from 1992 to 1998, during which time he served as the chairman of the Committee on Revenue and Taxation. He was a graduate of Temple University and Wharton School of Business. After leaving the Assembly he went on to serve as the chairman of the Oxnard Harbor District Board of Directors.

    CRP Statement Concerning Government Regulation of Internet Political Activity

    By netboots, on Nov 16, 2009

    [Source: California Republican Party News]

    SACRAMENTO - California Republican Party Chairman Ron Nehring today issued the following statement concerning government interest in regulating activities related to campaigning online:

    "By including Democrat candidates for California elected offices as recommended users and omitting Republicans until only recently, Twitter has drawn the attention of those in government interested in opening the door to state or federal regulation of online campaign activity, including social networking sites.

    "Twitter's announcement that it intends to do away with its suggested user list is a good idea, at least as it applies to candidates. Through a system where corporate executives chose which individuals, including candidates, were recommended, the company put itself in the position of appearing to provide something of value to some candidates over others. It should be no surprise that zealous bureaucrats might seize the opportunity to use this as an excuse to regulate the company's service.

    "The notion that some government bureaucracy is going to be able to keep up with, let alone regulate, campaign activities online defies reality. We're seeing a rapidly evolving environment where much of the communication in society is now taking place online, using tools that rise and fall in popularity overnight. Trying to apply cryptic, cumbersome campaign finance rules written for another era to this new forum would be an exercise in futility, but I'm sure there are plenty of bureaucrats more than willing to do it anyway.

    "In advance of the FPPC's hearings on the subject, here are a few questions that demonstrate our concerns with proceeding down this path:

    • How shall disclaimer rules be applied to tweets on Twitter? Since messages using the service may not exceed 140 characters, the disclaimer may in some cases be longer than the message itself. Does a "Paid for by message..." need to be included when the service itself is free? Does it make a difference if the person generating the tweet is a paid campaign staffer or an unpaid volunteer?
    • What is the in-kind cash value of a Twitter follower? Twitter recently featured several prominent Democrat candidates, and later Republicans, as suggested users on the site, helping to generate tens of thousands of followers for these candidates. If such a listing is to be considered an in-kind contribution, how shall it be calculated?
    • If a candidate has an ad on Facebook, but is charged only when someone clicks on the ad and is taken to a landing page, does a disclaimer as to who paid for the ad need to appear on the ad, or just the landing page?
    • What agency has the regulatory authority to impose regulations on Facebook or Twitter? What jurisdictional boundaries apply? Can rules be applied, and enforced, if these sites store their data on servers located outside of the United States?
    • Finally, what is the compelling government interest in adopting new regulations applying to online campaigning and communications?