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Burning Down Priorities

By Jay Heidbrink  

"Burning Down Priorities"

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In the wake of mounting difficulties in Iraq, higher fuel costs for Americans, the ongoing health care crisis and growing budget deficit, conservative members of Congress — lead by scandal plagued Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham — have come up with a solution to all of our problems: a flag burning amendment.

With the American public showing severe discontent with congress, House leaders have promised to focus on legislation which will affect the concerns of all Americans, especially energy, tax and highway bills. Instead, conservatives came up with a bill “proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States authorizing the Congress to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.”

Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-OH) said “You know, this is probably as relevant to people’s lives now as any other time.”

Here are a few bill that are unquestionably more relevant, but that Ms. Pryce and her colleagues can’t be bothered to address:

1. Assured Funding for Veterans Health Care Act of 2005: would fully fund our nation’s veterans healthcare initiative. Securing healthcare for those who have fought our nations’s wars.

2. Renewable Energy Investment Act of 2005: renewable energy bill that would began to wean our nation of it’s oil dependency, lowering mounting gas prices.

3. S. 19: would reduce budget deficits by restoring budget enforcement and strengthening fiscal responsibility.

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