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House Conference Said
Hung-Up Over Hate Bill

By Rev. Ted Pike 

The Congressional Quarterly confirms a possible rebellion of both Democrats and Republicans against passage of the National Defense Appropriations Act, H.R. 1585, with hate bill attached. This threat is causing Democratic leaders to seriously consider stripping the controversial hate bill from the arms bill.  CQ says:
House Democratic leaders plan to decide in the next day or two whether to include the provision, aides said. It is considered vital by many in the Democratic constituency who have been lobbying House leaders to include it in the final defense bill.
But the provision could jeopardize the whole bill. In the House, liberals upset over war spending could join forces against the bill with conservatives concerned about the hate crimes language. The Senate vote could be tight, too, because in late September only 60 senators - the bare minimum needed - voted to overcome a filibuster of the hate crimes amendment.
If the decision is made by Tuesday on whether to include the provision, the conference report could come to the House floor as early as Thursday, aides said. (http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=cqmidday-000002635125
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This means the arms/hate bill might be voted on as early as Thursday, Dec. 6th. I think Democratic loyalty to the hate bill is much stronger than to an arms bill that provides no conditions for withdrawal from Iraq. I could be wrong, but lovers of freedom should call House members immediately, assuring them there is wide public support for a "no" vote against National Defense Appropriations Act, H.R. 1585, with hate bill attached.
If this arms/hate bill passes, it will go to an increasingly uncertain fate before a President who may succumb to overwhelming pressure. Signing it, he will also sign away our freedom of speech.
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