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Senate Finance Committee Begins Mark-Up—Calls Needed

HSLDA Federal Relations Department

September 22, 2009

The Senate Finance Committee will start marking up its version of the health care bill September 22, 2009. Urgent calls are needed to the members of the committee asking that the creation of home visitation programs, in Subtitle I, be taken out of the bill. Please read HSLDA’s detailed analysis to find contact information for the senators on the Senate Finance Committee. Or use HSLDA’s Legislative Toolbox.


Once the Senate Finance Committee passes the “America’s Healthy Future Act”, it could go before the Senate floor for a vote at any time. HSLDA is very concerned about the bill because it would create federal grants that would fund home visitation programs in the states and cause a huge expansion of the federal government’s involvement in home visitation programs. Once the bill goes to the floor, it will be near impossible for the home visitation sections to be taken out.

While we recognize that certain reforms are needed in our health care system, and that some families need help, we are concerned about the federal government increasing its power in the lives of families. James Madison wrote in the Federalist Papers, No. 51, “If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.”

HSLDA is concerned that federal funding for home visitation programs will lead to more federal control over education and families.

To read more about the home visitation programs we are opposing in the Senate’s “America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009,” and to find out which senators are on the Senate Finance Committee, please click here.