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Nunnelee To Propose Abortion Funding Restriction on Tuesday

April 15, 2010
tags: Alan Nunnelee, healthcare, state legislature
by Brett

In a campaign email, Alan Nunnelee announced his plans to introduce legislation in the state Senate on Tuesday that will prevent the state from spending any state or federal funds on abortions as permitted in the new healthcare legislation. This will be a suspension resolution requiring a two-thirds majority in both the House and the Senate.

The two-thirds requirement is doable in the Senate. The House is a different story. While most legislators (including Democrats) call themselves pro-life, I could see a lot of Democrat oppose this for two reasons: 1) This may appear to be an attack on Obamacare and as we have seen House Democrats do not want to speak too loudly against the new legislation. 2) The sponsor is, of course, a candidate for the First District and will receive a lot of positive press for this- especially if it passes. I don’t see the Democrats doing Nunnelee any favors at this point and killing the legislation just for that reason.

It is going to be a tough vote for a lot of Democrats. The two House bills that were introduced in response to Obamacare we may have talked extensively about, but they received little press. I imagine that is what Dems are hoping for this time as well.

As for Nunnelee, this is obviously a winning issue both in the primary and general election. The state Senator has taken a lot of heat for being a member of the legislature, but he can spin that in his favor if handled appropriately. Nunnelee has a bully pulpit of sorts- something Angela McGlowan and Henry Ross does not have. Ross and McGlowan want you to support someone who is not a ‘career politician,’ while Nunnelee is trying to show you what a politician can do.

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