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    Bill to aid paralyzed vets blocked in Senate

    Bill to aid paralyzed vets blocked in Senate


    By Cristian Hernandez - Staff writer
    Posted : Wednesday Jul 30, 2008 8:09:27 EDT

    A bill promising more money for programs that help paralyzed veterans is part of a bundle of legislation tied up in partisan bickering in the Senate.

    The Christopher Reeve and Dana Reeve Act, which includes money for research into spinal cord injuries, is one of about 36 bills combined by Senate Democrats into what they are calling the Advancing America’s Priorities Act.

    The bills have been bundled in an attempt to bypass objections from Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., who has used senatorial privileges and procedures to stop action on several bills, including the spinal cord injury bill.

    The Democratic plan failed Monday on a 50-42 vote, leaving them short of the 60 votes needed to cut off debate on the package.


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    http://www.navytimes.com/news/2008/0...lcord_072908w/

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    Maybe if they changed the name of the CDRPA to the Paralyzed Vets Act it would get passed.
    "Some people say that, the longer you go the better it gets the more you get used to it, I'm actually finding the opposite is true."

    -Christopher Reeve on his Paralysis

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    Bill to aid paralysed vets blocked in Senate by Republicans

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    Bill to aid paralyzed vets blocked in Senate

    By Cristian Hernandez - Staff writer

    A bill promising more money for programs that help paralyzed veterans is part of a bundle of legislation tied up in partisan bickering in the Senate.
    The Christopher Reeve and Dana Reeve Act, which includes money for research into spinal cord injuries, is one of about 36 bills combined by Senate Democrats into what they are calling the Advancing America’s Priorities Act.

    The bills have been bundled in an attempt to bypass objections from Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., who has used senatorial privileges [?] and procedures to stop action on several bills, including the spinal cord injury bill.

    The Democratic plan failed Monday on a 50-42 vote, leaving them short of the 60 votes needed to cut off debate on the package.

    Named for the late actor who suffered a spinal cord injury and for his late wife, the Reeve Act has the backing of Paralyzed Veterans of America. It would provide $25 million for clinical research on spinal cord injuries, rehabilitation research and programs to improve the quality of life of people who are paralyzed.

    “We have a war with many veterans who suffer some from spinal cord injuries or paralysis,” said Lee Page, associate advocacy director for Paralyzed Veterans for America.

    The group has 19,000 members, a small part of the estimated 200,000 Americans with spinal cord injuries who might be helped through more research, he said [I'm in].

    The House of Representatives passed the Reeve bill in 2007 but the Senate never followed suit, Page said, adding that he hopes bipartisan support for the measure would overcome the procedural hurdles preventing its enactment.
    Not a peep from DA though, although he was the second person enlisting on this website. Curerelated, how lame and lazy can one be after so many years? I hear some has typing skills left here, and blamed???????? Use it, and don’t dump it to clowniniess.n Take action (men, women and children) and let's go to work! I hope this Cobourn person and his misunderstood followers really would get kicked hard in their religious camouflaged ass.
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    The Oklahomans are happy with Republican Senator Coburn? How? They might hope for McCain...

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    U.S. Sen. Harkin: Statement on Failure to Move Advancing America’s Priorities Act

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    U.S. Sen. Harkin: Statement on Failure to Move Advancing America’s Priorities Act

    Harkin Statement on Failure to Move Advancing America’s Priorities Act

    Package included Harkin’s Christopher & Dana Reeve Paralysis Act and Training for Realtime Writers Act

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) released the following statement today after the Senate did not gain the votes necessary to take action on the Advancing America’s Priorities Act of 2008. The Act included various pieces of legislation, including a Harkin measures to authorize collaborative research and programs on paralysis, and a bill that would authorize funds to meet the increasing demand for closed captioners. Each of the separate measures included in the package are currently being blocked by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK).

    “It’s a shame that one member of this body has decided to block these measures that would have helped millions of Americans with disabilities,” said Harkin. “It makes no sense that pieces of legislation that received broad support in the House and would have passed in the Senate are being blocked. This kind of obstruction and partisan politics is the opposite of what our country needs.”

    The Harkin measures that were blocked include:

    The Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act , which would advance collaborative research in paralysis and improve quality of life for people living with paralysis and mobility impairments from any cause including stroke, ALS, spinal cord injuries, and others.
    Harkin geeting to old, and "respect" to Coburn, -who said that? meaning not arguing the loon right.

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    * Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act (S. 1183), which would coordinate research on paralysis at the National Institutes of Health and establish a consortia to better connect scientists studying
    paralysis. It also authorizes the CDC to develop programs that support and advance quality of life for persons with paralysis and other physical disabilities. http://www.thebaynet.com/news/index..../story_ID/9243
    So Dems say it is to “study” more, just like that. No commitements/obligations what so ever. QOL is on “top” though. Any feel like this is just more political hoopla?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norm
    Maybe if they changed the name of the CDRPA to the Paralyzed Vets Act it would get passed.
    Good call, and make them pissed.

    CDRPA => Combat for Democrats and Republicans to Pass Anything – If Coburn is removed… Oh and GWB clown. Vote right next.

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    The Oklahomans are happy with Republican Senator Coburn? How? They might hope for McCain...
    LOL, not entirely! We were discussing this earlier today, Coburn won't be up for re-election until 2010. He has a pretty good press machine in place. He does get some negative press in Tulsa, and is fixing to get more.

    The OK City newspaper is independently owned and staunchly Republican. They put out a lot of spin re Coburn is doing all this to prevent wasteful spending. One can't get even a letter to the editor published there, if it is anti-Coburn.

    My husband has been wanting to do an anti-Coburn onslaught for years, but I was advised to pacify, not antagonize. That advice has now been rescinded.

    This is a very conservative place, Leif. Not the best educated-folks in the world, hard-working, God-fearing. The Repubs scare them with threats of things like gay marriage, recreational abortion, etc, and they respond. Somehow they think that compassion equals Sodom and Gomorrah. The fault here really lies with a party that will back a douchebag like Coburn, and Senators that don't fight back. He's got them scared. I'd love to know of what.

    Just before Christmas, he issued a letter to every Senator, saying if they wanted their bills passed, they should just submit them to him ahead of time. He'd tell them whether he'd hold them or not...and they allowed that to slide w/ no protest. I don't know how he is controlling them, but he is.

    I'm trying to get a list of all Coburn's holds. They aren't returning phone calls.

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    i thought this idiot was kicking the bucket?
    oh well

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