9/11 Health Care Act HR 847 Legislative Victory

December 24, 2010

By Padmini Arhant

Congratulations! To Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Senate Majority leader Harry Reid and other respectable members on the successful legislation of the health care act to help the 9/11 rescue workers.

The action was long overdue and nonetheless the bipartisan approval is praiseworthy.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi leadership and the House representatives’ outstanding contribution in various legislation deserve appreciation.

Similarly, the Congressional members are requested on behalf of the ‘DREAM ACT’ beneficiaries to kindly recognize their plight and enable them in achieving the American dream – freedom, economic and social progress.

Please provide them the opportunity to defend and serve the great nation they call ‘home’ as Americans with your final vote upon returning from the holidays i.e. by the end of 111th Congress.

Contrary to the reference as the ‘lame duck’ Congress especially the Senate rose to the occasion during the week with three major national victories viz.

The Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Repeal, START Treaty and 9/11 Health Care Act – made possible with the moderate Republican members’ bipartisan cooperation that is required now and in the future to move our nation forward.

It is easier to do ‘What is politically expedient?’ than delivering ‘What is morally right?’

In the Bush Tax cuts deal – the agreement between the Republican minority and the White House overriding the democratic Congressional efforts is a travesty given –

The Honorable Senator Bernie Sanders’ filibuster attempt exceeding nine hours with a passionate plea to spare the middle class and lower income Americans from national debt burden in the tax cuts for wealthy and,

The earlier House bill under Speaker Nancy Pelosi leadership that addressed the status quo appropriately.

When three out of four legislations passed recently in bipartisanship without compromising on the American families deteriorating situation and national security interest, the reason offered on the tax cuts to the wealthy at average Americans’ expense as ‘Republican minority dominance’ beckons the question –

Is the fight against those standing up for the people or the ones serving the self and special interests?

Thus far the overarching initiatives and determination to win at all costs to the people and humanity’s detriment indicate the misplaced targets.

Hopefully, leadership will supersede politics from now onwards by prioritizing the decisions’ pros and cons in the short and long run.

Such transformation cannot be realized without vigorous public participation in the political process.

The United States Congress, the activists and individuals in different capacity were instrumental in the reversal of Capitol Hill ‘lame duck’ session.

Good luck! In the future endeavors to every member in Congress, White House and political affiliates.

America is indeed smiling!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant


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