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    Re: GOP reverses course after Senate Democrats advance bill banning welfare spending

    Quote Originally Posted by Gonzo Rodeo View Post
    The Gabriella Miller bill. 102 House Dems voted against it, citing it didn't go far enough, only spending money more wisely as opposed to spending, well, more.

    Their argument is that the Republicans gutted NIH funding with the sequester... which was bipartisan. So, does this mean Democrats would rather languish in luxury at the expense of kids with cancer? They did vote against the provision, after all...
    Sorry but you misunderstand the situation. The money was not taken from the NIH. The funding for the national political conventions came directly from taxpayers who had ticked a box on their tax returns for that specific purpose. Republicans had gutted NIH funding thru the sequester. This was an attempt, which has succeeded by the way, to restore some of the funding to the NIH by changing the convention funding to pediatric care research.

    Yes, 102 Dems voted against the bill for the reason you stated which was as various blogs wrote, for political reasons. One Republican also voted against the bill. It was signed into law by the President last week
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    Re: GOP reverses course after Senate Democrats advance bill banning welfare spending

    Quote Originally Posted by Somerville View Post
    Sorry but you misunderstand the situation. The money was not taken from the NIH. The funding for the national political conventions came directly from taxpayers who had ticked a box on their tax returns for that specific purpose. Republicans had gutted NIH funding thru the sequester. This was an attempt, which has succeeded by the way, to restore some of the funding to the NIH by changing the convention funding to pediatric care research.

    Yes, 102 Dems voted against the bill for the reason you stated which was as various blogs wrote, for political reasons. One Republican also voted against the bill. It was signed into law by the President last week
    I understand the situation completely. Dems vote against redirecting money to kids with cancer, and this is understood as politicking with no real impact. I understand that, and I agree.

    I also understand that Republicans voting against proposed Dem reforms to welfare amounts to the same thing. However, partisan Dems seem to think this just means Republicans must necessarily be against any kind of progress if it comes from a Democrat.

    Therein lies the double standard.

    I should probably explain that the "other" in my political affiliation box should really say "they all suck pretty equally".
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