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    i don't know every last vote foley's issued, but my understanding is that he's fought against the GOP push for abstinence-only education.  i could easily be proven wrong, but if you could provide a link, i would appreciate it.

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    by Beyondo98 on Mon Sep 04, 2006 at 09:14:01 PM PDT

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    •  only partially (0+ / 0-)

      Foley has generally supported the appropriations to increase funding for abstinence only education (supporting Bush's requests) and supporting the 30% requirement on global HIV funding.

      The only place he has voted right in this area is that he has opposed efforts from some way whacko right wingers (Dave Weldon, Ernest Istook, Tom Coburn, etc) to shift even more money from health/ education programmes into abstinence only programs -- those were efforts that only attracted about 100 Republican votes in the House, and Foley joined the house majority voted against them.

      But he supported the abstinence provisions in welfare legislation, and did not support efforts to decrease funding for abstinence only programmes when efforts have been made to stop pouring millions into them.

      He's tried to walk a middle road on this, but he definitely has plenty of abstinence-only votes in his record -- only standing up to the most extreme efforts to give them even more money.

      Once social change begins,it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read...You cannot oppress people who are not afraid anymore.

      by terjeanderson on Mon Sep 04, 2006 at 09:28:11 PM PDT

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      •  links? (0+ / 0-)

        and i'm not doing this to put you on the spot, but because i'd like to know more.

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        by Beyondo98 on Mon Sep 04, 2006 at 09:34:47 PM PDT

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        •  two examples (0+ / 0-)

          You can check out specific votes on www.thomas.gov

          Two of the most important examples (both of which I was involved lobbying on)

          May 2003, HR #1298 which established the Presidential Emergency Program For AIDS Relief - Joe Pitts of PA introduced an amendment requiring that 33% of all prevention money in the program be spent on abstinence-only until marriage programmes. The amendment passed 220 to 198 - Foley voted in the majority, despite pleas from the AIDS, women's health, international health and gay organizations that were lobbying on the bill. (21 Republicans broke ranks and voted against the amendment -- so he wouldn't have been alone had he stood up on this one)

          May 2002  HR 4737 which reauthorized parts of the welfare reform bill. Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced an amendment requiring that the abstinence education funded by the bill be medically and scientifically accurate. The amendment was narrowly defeated on a virtually party line vote. Foley voted against the amendment - against, despite major lobbying from AIDS, gay, public health organizations.

          Those are probably the two most significant up and down votes on abstinence that have taken place in the House in the last few years. There are also a number of basic appropriations bills that have involved funding for abstinence only programmes -- but the real votes on those happen in committee, less often on the floor, where they tend to just be voted on as a package. It is too late at night for me to go digging through my files for those specific examples, but I'm happy to do that at another time.

          Again, where Foley has voted right on this is in opposing egregrious efforts by Dave Weldon and Ernest Istook and others to transfer money from AIDS treatment (the Ryan White CARE Act) or other social programmes to abstinence only funding. But on the fundamental votes that established and continue to support the basic federal abstinence only programmes, Foley has consistently  voted with the Bush/GOP party line on these issues.  

          Once social change begins,it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read...You cannot oppress people who are not afraid anymore.

          by terjeanderson on Mon Sep 04, 2006 at 10:31:54 PM PDT

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          •  thanks (0+ / 0-)

            good to know.  mind if i ask in what capacity you were lobbying for this stuff?

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            by Beyondo98 on Mon Sep 04, 2006 at 10:53:05 PM PDT

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            •  sure (0+ / 0-)

              Until I retired (or semiretired) earlier this year, I was in Washington working as Executive Director of the National Association of People with AIDS.

              Once social change begins,it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read...You cannot oppress people who are not afraid anymore.

              by terjeanderson on Mon Sep 04, 2006 at 11:00:41 PM PDT

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