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October 07, 2011 1:21 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Meet Anti-Choice Crusader Rep. Cliff Stearns

Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee's Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, may not be the most visible opponent of reproductive rights, but his recently launched investigation into Planned Parenthood and its affiliates has brought to light his extensive anti-choice record. In the wake of lobbying efforts by social conservative groups, Stearns has requested years of the reproductive health care provider's financial and policy records — a transparent attempt to find an excuse to deprive the organization of funding and disrupt its services. Meet Cliff Stearns, a new Tea Party caucus member and pawn of the right currently leading the crusade against women's rights.

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October 07, 2011 12:30 pm ET filed under Blog

House Oversights - Week of October 2

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October 06, 2011 2:01 pm ET filed under Fact Check

The House GOP's Crusade Against Reproductive Rights

In September, Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, initiated an investigation of Planned Parenthood's financial records looking for misappropriated federal funds and requesting paperwork going back over 13 years. This Republican vendetta against Planned Parenthood is part of a larger fight in which Republicans are trying to prevent women from being in control of their reproductive health. To that end, House Republicans introduced a multitude of bills and amendments since January that would chip away at women's reproductive rights by eliminating Title X funding, defunding Planned Parenthood, imposing harsh restrictions on funding for abortions, replacing sexual education programs with abstinence-only programs, redefining rape to limit abortion exceptions, reinstating the global gag rule, supporting crisis pregnancy centers and imposing harsher parental notification laws.

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September 30, 2011 3:16 pm ET filed under Blog

Republican War On Women's Health Redux

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September 16, 2011 12:14 pm ET filed under Blog

House Oversights - Week Of September 11

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January 21, 2011 4:18 pm ET filed under Fact Check

GOP Distorts HHS Waiver Program During Repeal Debate

During the health care repeal debate on the House floor, several congressmen cited the HHS waiver program as a reason to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Many of the congressmen claimed that it only protects the "politically connected" and President Obama's friends. This unsubstantiated claim distorts the real truth: that many small businesses will benefit from the temporary waiver program and that the program is open to more than just the "politically connected." In addition, the waiver program is a temporary fix until 2014, when the expansion of PPACA will provide coverage to those who would have trouble receiving health care coverage due to their type of employment. If Republicans successfully repeal PPACA, they would put over 1 million people who would have received waivers at risk of losing their health insurance.

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July 30, 2010 4:09 pm ET filed under Video

The Outrageous, Irrelevant Reasons The GOP Blocked Free Health Care For 9/11 Responders

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July 30, 2010 2:49 pm ET filed under Blog

WATCH The Outrageous, Irrelevant Reasons The GOP Blocked Free Health Care For 9/11 Responders

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March 31, 2010 11:53 am ET filed under Fact Check Smacks Down The GOP's "16,500 New IRS Agents" Lie

In the final weeks of the health care debate, Republicans repeated the baseless claim that the Affordable Care Act required "16,500 additional IRS agents." The experts at examined the claim yesterday and deemed it "wildly inaccurate."

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May 22, 2009 11:59 am ET filed under Fact Check

Yet Another GOP Cost Estimate For Cap-And-Trade

In a May 21, 2009 posting on Fox Nation, Rep. John Shadegg claimed cap-and-trade legislation would cost American families $4,300. Over the course of the last week Republicans have claimed that cap-and-trade could cost $1,500, $2,200, $3,000, and $3,100. Are Republicans just making it up as they go along?

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May 19, 2009 3:41 pm ET filed under Fact Check

GOP Can't Pick A Number On Cap-And-Trade

In a blog post on May 18, 2009, Rep. Jason Chaffetz said: "The Left obviously does not want taxpayers to know the real cost of the tax-and-trade scheme." However, Republicans have claimed, over the course of five days, that cap-and-trade could cost $1,500, $2,200, $3,000, and $3,100, as opposed to the $150 estimate released by the Environmental Protection Agency.  It would seem that it is those on the Right who don't want people to know the true cost of cap-and-trade.

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