Arden’s Day: Your Vote Counts!

This is a cross-post from my daughter’s blog, Arden’s Day.

 

On August 1st 2007 HR 3162 came to a vote.  HR 3162 or the “Children’s Health and Medicare Protection (CHAMP) Act of 2007” included among other things a one-year, $150 million extension of the Special Diabetes Program (SDP).

The JDRF was requesting of a 5-year extension and an increase from $150 to $200 million per year which didn’t come to pass.  I try not to mix my political feelings with our support of diabetes research because we meet passionate supporters of diabetes research everyday of both leanings.  I never thought that they’re political affiliation could hurt the cause… until I saw the August 1st vote tally.

The bill passed, narrowly, 225 to 204.  When I looked into how my representatives voted I found this.  Final Vote Results for Roll Call 787.  Of the 225 Yeas 5 were Republicans.  So now I see that my support of diabetes research can not exclude party affiliation.  It is not my intention to offend anyone but if you are supporting Republican candidates this vote tally really should serve as an eye opener for you.  

My Congressman, Chris Smith (R) voted nay.  I called and emailed his office asking him for support.  I explained the drudgery of my day and the consequence to Arden’s life due to juvenile diabetes.  I received no response but more importantly I received no representation.  Ask yourself who is being represented when he votes against funding research that targets wiping out a massive disease.  

In the days that followed the vote Smith Reintroduced the “Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act”.  He is apparently concerned with the welfare of your fetus but stops caring about them after they are born.  He’s for Cord Blood Therapy and supports Autism but somehow voted against (CHAMP).  For me, that kind of inconstancy calls his intentions into question.

I’ll be honest and tell you that I haven’t read HR 3162.  I supported it blindly because it included money for a disease that my daughter has.  I’ll defend the 204 people that voted against it by saying that maybe they’re was a troublesome rider attached.  But if that was the case they should have found a better way to deal with their concerns other then voting against this bill.  It is unconscionable to play politics with our children’s lives.  

I urge you to look into how your representation voted and adjust your support accordingly.  Our children don’t have time to play politics, they need a cure today.  

Since we can’t count on our government to properly support diabetes research we’ll have to do it ourselves.  Arden will be walking on October 28 to raise awareness and funds for Juvenile Diabetes.  By donating you’re helping find a cure and when it’s found you’ll know you were part of rescuing Arden and countless others from this horrible disease.  Please donate as much as you can to the JDRF through Arden’s Walk.  Do it for Arden, do it because it’s kind or do it for the tax deduction… as long as you do it!  

 

  

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5 Responses to Arden’s Day: Your Vote Counts!

  1. anoodle says:

    beautiful post. I wish more people paid attention to the details of some of these votes.

  2. johncos says:

    as a Type I diabetic myself i want to tell you this was a beautiful beautiful post. I’ll be back posting soon…sorry i’ve been gone a while. This is an issue near and dear to my heart so it’s great to read something like this.

    your reference to Rep Smith reminds me of the father who confronted Rep Joe Barton who tabled (for no apparent reason) autism funding. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4210755710429443990&q=joe+barton&total=54&start=0&num=30&so=0&type=search&plindex=3

  3. askewed says:

    John, I appreciate your kind words! Thank you for the link I shared it with two families I know that have an autistic child. I watched it as well and it made me feel like I am not doing enough to effect change.

  4. fantastic publish, very informative. I’m wondering why the other experts of this sector do not realize this. You must continue your writing. I’m confident, you’ve a huge readers’ base already!

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