Needle Exchange Politics
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Senate repealing needle ban – with restrictions on locations.
, staff writer,
(Mike Lillis, staff writer, 07-31-2009, “Congress Looks to Lift Two-Decade Ban on Federal Needle Exchange Funds,”
The proposal, which doesn’t earmark any funding for needle exchange programs, passed the House last Friday by a vote of
264 to 153. The Senate’s version of the Labor-HHS funding bill
, which passed the Senate Appropriations
Committee Thursday, retains the needle-funding ban. Needle exchange supporters on and off Capitol Hill
are hoping to remove the geographic restrictions when the two chambers meet to hash out the
differences between the two bills
— a process that won’t arrive until September, at the earliest.
Democrats key to removing Needle Exchange Restrictions.
[Darryl Fears is a Washington Post Staff Writer.
“House Bill Lifts Ban On Needle Exchanges” 7-25-2009
s and AIDS activists said they would work to remove the restrictions when the House and
Senate hammer out their differences in a conference committee. The Senate appropriations bill for the
District approved last week carried no restrictions against using the money, and the Senate has yet to
vote on the use of federal dollars for needle exchange.
Plan spends – kills Democrat unity by alienating Blue Dogs
, staff writer,
(Laura, Associated Press, 7-23-09,
Conservative-leaning Blue Dog Democrats are enjoying a power surge
like no other in their 15 years
forcing President Barack Obama and their own party leaders to deal with their demands for cost cuts
and tax restraints in overhauling health care.
The evidence is everywhere these days: Polls show the public
shares their concerns about the cost of Obama's plan
to insure all Americans who seek health coverage. Obama
himself has spent valuable presidential time in private talks with these Democrats and in near-daily
appeals for the public to prod Congress into action. And the group's political fund raising is peaking
All the while, Obama and Democratic leaders have issued shout-outs to the faction of 52 House members,
a sign of the clout Blue Dogs wield over some of the president's top priorities — none more than his
plan to provide health care
to virtually all Americans.
"I think, rightly, a number of these so-called Blue Dog
— more conservative Democrats — were concerned that not enough had been done on reducing
costs," Obama said
Tuesday in an interview with CBS News.
That's a measure of validation for a group that spent its