Congress is moving closer to a showdown over the largest expansion of government in modern U.S. history -- a bill which would require virtually every single American to buy government-approved health insurance, whether they wanted it or not. And, in the process, that bill would feed all of your most confidential medical data into an enormous database, which could be used to take away your guns.
This is a bit complicated. But here's where we are:
Once a year, the 1974 Budget Act allows Congress to pass a bill -- solely for the purpose of balancing the budget -- and that bill cannot be filibustered in the Senate. Hence, it can be passed with only fifty Democrat votes (plus the vice president), without any Republican support.
Now, that supposed "budget-balancing bill" is called the "reconciliation bill" -- and it can only be created if the annual budget resolution mandates it.
Three weeks ago, the Senate considered its version of the annual budget resolution. Gun Owners of America asked you to oppose passage of the Senate version of the budget resolution for two reasons:
* First, although the Senate version of the bill did not contain language mandating the giant anti-gun database and the huge $10,000+ per person government health mandate, the Pelosi-devised House version did.
* Second, although Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) protested mightily that the Senate version did not mandate the anti-gun database and health mandate, GOA found out that Conrad intended all along to capitulate in House/Senate conference to the Pelosi language.
Now, the budget resolution has come back from conference, and guess what?
The conference report gives Senate and House Republicans until September to cave in and agree to pass the anti-gun database and $10,000+ health mandate. And, if they do not, the Left Wing Democratic leadership will pass their own bill with 50 Senate votes -- and no Republicans.
And, incidentally, when we say "anti-gun database," we mean that everything your kid told his pediatrician about whether you have a gun collection will be searchable by the government. And people with Alzheimer's, ADHD, and other disorders will begin losing their gun rights just as quickly as veterans -- who have seen the ramifications of being on a government database.
Although the next vote on this budget resolution will not be the final battle in this eight-month war, GOA is asking senators and representatives to vote against the sleazy, corrupt budget resolution conference report -- scheduled for a Senate vote this Wednesday.
Incidentally, the one thing that the federal government can do to reduce health costs is to remove the anti-gun federal laws which prohibit more Americans from using firearms to defend themselves and their families.