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Dold, Schakowsky Spar on Women's Health

Evanston Congresswoman calls Dold’s recent proposal on women’s health a political ploy. He accuses her of partisanship.

accused Tuesday of introducing legislation merely to cast himself as a political moderate, while Dold replied Schakowsky is unwilling to act in a bipartisan fashion.

Schakowsky made her remarks during a telephone news conference Tuesday with , Dold’s Democratic opponent in the Nov. 6 general election, to explain why Dold’s record on women’s issues is unsatisfactory.

Schakowsky was particularly critical of a bill Dold introduced last week prohibiting discrimination against health care providers participating in certain government programs from excluding services like contraception from coverage as part of the 40-year-old Title X program.

“If (Dold’s bill) were real, absolutely I would support it,” Schakowsky said. “It has no chance of going anywhere. We’ll see if the leadership in the House will let it go anywhere. Does the Republican leadership want a bill that nearly every Republican will vote against?”

Dold was pleased to hear Schakowsky favored his idea but critical of her unwillingness and that of her Democratic colleagues to work in a more bipartisan fashion.

“As a pro choice Republican I will do what I can to pass this bill,” Dold said. “People are unhappy with Washington because Republicans and Democrats are not working together to get something done.”

Schakowsky considers Dold’s bill on Title X as well as his support for other measures political expediency to court favor in the moderate 10th District. In March, Dold voted for the to the proposal favored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).

“Of course,” Schakowsky said of her perception of Dold’s motives. “LaTourette is from a district much like the 10th. Their leadership lets them do this for their district. The (10th) District is the most Democratic held by a Republican.”

Dold said he thinks Schakowsky’s criticism is political as well. “This was the first bipartisan budget proposed in the House in years,” he said. “People here want thoughtful, independent leadership. Why does she not support it?”

During the news conference, Schakowsky listed a number of votes Dold has made since taking office that she believes do not show the North Shore Congressman as truly pro choice. She mentioned legislation to prohibit abortion in the District of Columbia, denying the use of federal funds for abortion even if a women’s life is at stake and defunding Planned Parenthood.

“He voted for a continuing resolution that would have defended Planned Parenthood,” Schakowsky said. “There is a time when you have to stand up for your principles. Do you want a 30 percenter or a 100 percenter,” she added comparing Dold and Schneider on issues concerning women’s health.

Schakowsky was referring votes cast just over a year ago when Dold supported an amendment to the continuing resolution to keep funding the federal government to maintain money for Planned Parenthood. When it failed, he voted for the resolution with the provision he opposed.

“I was the only Republican to speak on the House floor in favor of Planned Parenthood,” Dold said. “I voted to keep the government running. I voted to pay our troops and for seniors to get their social security checks.”

Richard Schulte May 17, 2012 at 03:00 AM
RB: "Back in your America again, you mean. Confederate flags....right up your right wing gun toting alley." In my America, people are civil to one another-they hold the door open for others, say please and thank you and properly dispose of their trash. In my America, Americans are proud of their country and the US military. We love our children and wouldn't think of aborting them just because it's inconvenient. We don't think of abortion as a method of birth control. In my America, we think being born is a civil right-the ultimate civil right. In my America, we don't use government to pick other people's pockets. Pickpocketing is a crime, regardless of whether a criminal or the government does the pocket-picking. In my America, we think that our children deserve to be educated and that the public school system is provided for the benefit of our children and not for the sole benefit of the teachers and the administrators. In my America, we don't take from one group of people and give that money to people who make political contributions ("pay-to-play"). And that Confederate flag is just a flag-it's the rebel flag. The rebel flag means get the government the hell out of our lives. Adults don't need the government to tell them what to do and when to do it. Apparently you people on the left can't think for yourself and need somebody else to tell you what to do. You're simply a bunch of sheep who need a sheep dog-conservatives don't need a sheep dog.
Richard Schulte May 17, 2012 at 03:08 AM
"Senate rejects Obama budget in 99-0 vote" http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/227857-senate-rejects-obama-budget-in-99-0-vote An example of Democrats and Republican working together. President Obama can't even get a single Democrat in the Senate to support his budget proposal. Who says that Democrats and Republicans can't agree on anything?
RB May 17, 2012 at 12:40 PM
The Confederate Flag is an insulting symbol of States Rights desire to break from the Union and hold Slaves. That does tie in with your desire to leave the Union, which on the other hand does not sound very American does it? You're starting to get your positions confused. I'm sure you're fitting right in down there...you rebel. Oh, you better go look at the Everglades before they are gone and a good look at the Ocean vista's without oil derricks in the distance....it's coming if you EPA destroyers have your way. I wonder if one of the last things Trayvon Martin saw was one of those Confederate flags, that would be very sad...
Ellen Beth Gill May 17, 2012 at 01:17 PM
There's an easy way to settle this thing. Bob Dold should sign a pledge that he will not rest until his Planned Parenthood funding protection bill passes out of the House. I would think that should include refusing to vote with his party on any of its bills limiting or denying women's health care as we all now "know" that he's pro-choice and very concerned about women's health. We know Dold is philosophically ok with pledges because he was happy to sign one for Grover Norquist. If he can sign for Grover, he should be willing and able to sign for the vast majority of his district that supports choice, women's health and Planned Parenthood.
RB May 17, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Personally, I'm against pledges. However, since he signed the Norquist pledge and has not recanted...I'm all for him signing the Support of Planned Parenthood pledge. Good idea. Maybe you can email him. He no longer reponds, other than form toe letters....bet he doesn't have a form letter for our idea yet. Mention Norquist and you get no reponse at all...
Richard Schulte May 18, 2012 at 02:20 PM
RB: "The Confederate Flag is an insulting symbol of States Rights desire to break from the Union and hold Slaves." Let's take a look at a little history: The Democrat Party was the political party which supported slavery in the 1850's. The Klu Klux Klan (KKK) was formed in the 1860's by the Democrat Party. Jim Crow was enacted and supported by the Democrat Party. Democrat Senator Albert Gore, Senior, the father of former Vice President Al Gore, was a noted segregationist, as was another noted Democrat Governor who ran for the presidency in 1972, George Wallace. Senator Robert Byrd, until recently a respected Democrat leader in Senate, was a former member of the KKK. Racial segregation and poor schools (attended by black children) are the norm in cities controlled by Democrats in 2012. Based upon the historical record, it seems to me that the Democrat Party is an "insulting" symbol of slavery, racism and bigotry. So RB is you want to characterize the Conderate (Battle) Flag as an "insulting" symbol, then it seems reasonable that the Democrat Party should also be considered to be an "insulting" symbol.
Richard Schulte May 18, 2012 at 02:29 PM
RB: "That does tie in with your desire to leave the Union, which on the other hand does not sound very American does it?" Quite to the contrary RB-the United States was "born" by leaving the union with England and forming a separate country. Hence, secession is a very American concept. The US Constitution is a contract between "The People" as how they are to be governed. If the Constitution (the contract) is being violated, then "The People" have the right not to abide by the contract. The Second Amendment was specifically included in the Bill of Rights so as to allow "The People" to overthrow a tyrannical government.
RB May 18, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Tyranny? Secession? Your new State of residence may have some issues with your secession desires. I'm sure there are some down there who are so upset with the President that they would consider it. However, why don't you check with the Chamber of Commerce or Disney about your secession ideas. Disney would never sell enough in state passes to make up for the lost revenue. Remember, as your own little country down there we would need a passport to come down there and visit your beaches and parks....and you would have to do without FEMA, insurance subsidies and the such. Oh, and highway funds too. By the way Florida is a TAKER state. You pay less in Federal taxes than you get back, you get back about a third more than you pay in....so thanks a lot.
Richard Schulte May 18, 2012 at 10:44 PM
RB: "By the way Florida is a TAKER state. You [Florida] pay less in Federal taxes than you get back, you get back about a third more than you pay in....so thanks a lot." An excellent response to the comment about the Democrat Party being an "insulting" symbol representing pro-slavery, the KKK, Jim Crow, segregation and the fact that Democrats are still involved with racial bigotry within areas controlled by Democrats politicians, for example Crook County. If the Confederate flag has to come down, then so does the Democrat Party. Now the new charge is that Florida is a "taker" state. Looks like RB wants to change the subject away from the bigotry and racial discrimination practiced by Democrats. Well, I guess we could talk about Democrat's war on women (and children), which is actually the subject of this thread. Why should Americans who don't believe in the horrendous practice of abortion be forced to subsidize the practice? Why should the Catholic Church and other religous organizations whose religious beliefs do not condone the practice of abortion be forced to pay for insurance coverage for such a practice? What about Americans First Amendment rights to practice their religion?
RB May 18, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Republican anti women's rights is the war on women, not anything the Democrats are doing. And I did not change the subject other than point out that the state you moved to takes more than it gives. I guess to stay on topic, it's pretty anti women's rights there too, or did you forget to mention that. Calling the Democrats anti women is ridiculous. You have quite an imagination unless it all comes from Fox News.
John Brinkmann May 18, 2012 at 11:53 PM
well said David---full agreement with you
John Brinkmann May 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM
bingo!---we have a winner---well said Deelee
Richard Schulte May 19, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Well don't get mad RB. Take a look at the economy this wonderful Administration has given us-the economy doesn't effect women? I believe it does. And then we have Obamacare which has already raised health care costs for men and women too. Don't forget about the Obamacare "death panels". Since women live longer than men, the "death panels" will have more of an impact on women than men. And then there is the foreclosure problem. Who is most interested in owning a home-why women, of course. So the foreclosure problem affects women more than men. The economy, Obamacare and the foreclosure problem are all part of the Democrats' war on women. I could go on, but I'm a little tired tonight. James Carville: "It's the economy stupid." The Obama Administration, combined with a Democrat majority House and Senate, failed to fix the economy. Democrats' had their chance to fix the economy their way and instead gave us Obamacare in 2009/2010. To quote The Donald: "Your fired."
RB May 19, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Rich, Mr. Romney has fired more people than Mr. Trump ever thought of firing. A typical Republican wealth tactic is demonstrated by the Ricketts. They want to 'take' State and Local funds to rebuild Wrigley all the while they want to preach fiscal responsibility with their Super PAC. They got busted when they reviewed an ad campaign focused on more than fiscal responsibility and attacking Mr. Obama over the old Rev. Wright issues. As far as calling the Democrats the party of segregation, go take a visit at the LBJ museum in Austin, Texas and you may leave with an entirely different and factual impression. Don't forget Rich, you're the secession advocate. Great, instead of helping solve problems just run and hide in your little Eutopia. It won't be and it's a ridiculous idea that is simply a waste of time to even argue against. As Mr. Romney has said many times...."you're fired,"
Richard Schulte May 19, 2012 at 01:22 PM
RB: "Rich, Mr. Romney has fired more people than Mr. Trump ever thought of firing. A typical Republican wealth tactic is demonstrated by the Ricketts." An excellent point RB. Successful managers often have to fire people. Losing a job by being fired is an excellent motivator and so is failure. Ask any successful person and they will tell you about the many times that they have failed. The only person who hasn't failed is someone who has never attempted anything difficult. With respect to your other point about Republicans "feeding at the trough", I'm in complete agreement with you. As previously stated, I am not a Republican. Conservatives have a term for Republicans who act like Democrats-RINO. Senator McCain is a RINO and that's why he lost the presidential election. (I did not vote for McCain in 2008-I couldn't bring myself to vote for him.) Sarah Palin is not a RINO and I would vote for her any day. I have mixed emotions about Mitt Romney. I support Mitt Romney only because the re-election of President Obama likely means the end of America. A second term for President Obama will be far worse than the first term. Fortunately for America, the election in November 2012 will be a landslide victory for Republicans. The landslide begins on June 5th with the defeat of the unions and the re-election of Governor Walker in Wisconsin. As you can see by the Republican primary in Indiana where Senator Lugar was defeated, TEA is still alive.
Daniel Krudop May 19, 2012 at 01:31 PM
From 2009 through 2011, individuals associated with the Boston Celtics have leaned heavily Democratic with 96 percent of the $212,150 they donated to political campaigns during that time going to Democrats. The Celtic's co-owner Stephen Pagliuca now serves as managing director at Bain Capital. The co-owner has given the maximum not only to President Obama's re-election campaign ($5,000), but also to the Democratic National Committee ($30,800) and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee ($30,800). Mr. Pagliuca joined Bain Capital in 1989 as a Managing Director. Mr. Pagliuca was also involved in developing Bain & Company's turnaround practice. Note, "Mr. Pagliuca was also involved in developing Bain & Company's turnaround practice." Is this the practice that the Democratic campaign ads are so upset about? I guess they could give Mr. Pagliuca credit for the tens of thousands of jobs Bain Capital "created or saved" as at Staples, Guitar Center (including jobs in Highland Park), and many other companies; while blaming Mr. Romney for the hundreds of jobs that were lost in Bain Capitals' turnaround strategy. I wonder if Democrats running for national office will refuse to accept money from the DNC and/or DCCC until they return the money from someone who, based on Democratic campaign ads, must be one of the world's most evil men working and leading one of the World's most evil companies.
Richard Schulte May 19, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Another example of Democrats' war on women: "On this latest trip to La Crosse, Wisconsin, I heard a very disturbing tale from an 80-year-old businesswoman. For her safety, I will refer to her as Patriot Sue rather than using her real name. Patriot Sue's family business has been successful and highly respected since the '50s. But Patriot Sue wrote a local letter to the editor in defense of Gov. Walker's reforms, and all heck broke loose -- from false accusations in the media that she mistreats employees to threats against her and her family." Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/05/obamas_chicago_thug_way_invades_wisconsin.html#ixzz1vKQbA96n What sort of American threatens an 80-year old woman because of her political views? Answer, a thug. Why is it that Democrats have to use organized crime tactics to intimidate other Americans? Democrats used the Klu Klux Klan to intimidate black folks. Democrats used Jim Crow to intimidate black folks. George Wallace and Bull Connor were Democrats. The Democrat Party is the party of intimidation-not much different from organized crime really, except that gansters admit that they are involved in criminal activity, while Democrats won't admit that they use government as a cover for criminal activity. Among the many reasons I left Crook County and Illinois, one was fear for my personal safety. When I was resident of Crook County, I was asked if I was worried when I started my car in the morning.
RB May 19, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Victory! This is going to be a lay down. Imagine the Rich's of the country counting on a Republican strategy of the Democrats being anti women! Why don't you add anti healthcare for all and anti Union, maybe even tackle that old stand by issue of anti entitlement and anti abortio. You've really picked some issues that we never support and exposed our weak points there Rich. I'm beginning to think your imagination is starting to get the best of you,or perhaps you need to get out of the sun. You should just go shelling early in the morning...
Richard Schulte May 19, 2012 at 09:01 PM
RB, I have never been interested in convincing you (or Sully) of anything-only you can do that. My purpose in writing is to expose thoughtful people to ideas that they probably have never heard before. America is in really bad shape now-a 2nd term for President Obama would be a disaster similar to the take-over of Cuba by Castro or Chile by Allende. It should be obvious to any thoughtful person that the Democrat Party is the party of intimidation. The reason for that is that Democrats simply can't convince thinking Americans that their ideas are superior. In other words, in the "arena of ideas", Democrats have lost. The only thing left for Democrats to do is to try to intimidate people-Chicago "thug" tactics. Once again, "It's the economy stupid." Democrats made a mess out of the economy and need to be "fired". Conservatives are peacefully working to fire President Obama and Democrats. As you can see from what's going on in Chicago this weekend at the NATO meeting, the left is anything but peaceful-just more thug tactics.
RB May 19, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Rich, I studied secession in school and how the Civil War tore the Country apart. Your ideas are ridiculous. Perry was squawking about the same thing once when he was upset with the Gvernment. Government (Democracy, anyway) functions by working together. Basically, the Republicans think Corporations can save us and the Democrats think the Middle Class is worth saving. Yes, there need to be spending cuts, but not just in entitlement areas and there should be tax increases for the wealthy, loophole closing and a fair tax code. I know I will never convince you of any sensible solutions when you're for secession, so I'm not even going to try....it's tiring. Good luck down there,I hope your new job works out and that you develop an open mind.
Sandra Sims May 19, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Is there some reason Patch allows Richard Schulte to take over every single thread and post dozens of off topic diatribes? I for one am sick of it. He seems to think this forum is his own personal blog. May I suggest he either keep on topic, and let others post opinions without continually attacking them, or his posts be removed? I might even start reading the threads again.
Richard Schulte May 19, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Let me guess, Sandra Sims doesn't agree with me, so my posts become diatribes. Sandra Sims, RB and others want to be able to post anything they want to without being challenged. Sorry Ms. Sims, that's not how this country is supposed to work. We had to listen to your incessant caterwauling for 8 years while President Bush was in office, now you get to see how it sounds. I realize that Crook County is a one party system were everybody is supposed fall in line, but Crook County is failed government. (Chicago was named the most corrupt city in America.) Conservatives took Wisconsin away from the Democrats in the last election-next is Illinois, including Crook County. You may like having crooks in charge of government, but there are many people who still live in Illinois who prefer honest government. I will continue to speak for those who believe in honest government. If you want to show your support "thug" government, stand up and say so. I certainly won't stop you from speaking-conservatives believe in debate. Only a thug would make a comment like Ms. Sims' comment. "Forward."
Richard Schulte May 20, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Ms. Sims, on another Patch thread, http://evanston.patch.com/articles/poll-should-gay-marriage-be-legal#comment_3356370, RB's comments are all over that thread. (Schulte didn't offer even one comment, just in case you are keeping score at home.) I can't help but wonder if you asked RB to "pipe down" too-no you didn't. Posting as many times as you want on Patch is acceptable to Ms. Sims as long as she agrees with you. But if Ms. Sim's disagrees with you, then your posts should be censored.
Sandra Sims May 20, 2012 at 03:31 PM
If you could actually comprehend what I posted, it's about staying on topic. You never do. You apparently don't even live here. You take local stories, and use the message boards to rant about your political views, the Civil War, George Bush, secession, and God only knows what else, I quit reading. My complaint isn't your extremist views, it's that you should not be allowed to take over a local website, and a local story, in furtherance of your goal of spreading your views, whether I, or anyone else, agrees with them or not. Start a blog of your own, or are you too lazy to do that? I am appealing to the Patch moderators to put a stop to your takeover, and anyone else who does the same. Meanwhile, Mr. Schulte, the fact that you actually went all over the Patch site looking for my other posts is creepy and disturbing. You seem to be seriously paranoid. I suggest you see a mental health professional.
Richard Schulte May 20, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Sandra Sims: "Meanwhile, Mr. Schulte, the fact that you actually went all over the Patch site looking for my other posts is creepy and disturbing." Hmmm, not only hysterical, but paranoid too. If you bothered to read my post, I went to one Patch article which I was interested in reading and noted the number of posts by RB. Are Sandra Sims and RB the same person? If so, how would I know that? From that information, how could you conclude that I bothered to look for your name? It would appear that the one who actually needs mental health treatment would be the person you see in the mirror every morning. You assume that I actually care about your opinions. I can assure you, based upon what you have posted above, I have no interest in your opinions madam. You will note that many of the discussion in my posts above are in response to RB. RB, like Sully, likes to continue discussion from other threads. The differrence between RB and Sully is that RB is a thoughtful person and a gentleman. The same can't be said for Sully. Again, what your actual objection is the content of my posts. Somehow just the mention of Governor Walker sends Democrats into a dizzy and the thought that Walker is going to win the recall election is a thought that Demcrats simply cannot comprehend. Sorry Ms. Sims, but Progressives are a tiny minority of Americans who like to scream their heads off and throw tantrums whenever someone disputes their worldview.
Nightcrawler May 21, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Mr. Schulte - What's a "dizzy?"
Richard Schulte May 21, 2012 at 11:09 AM
Mt2: "Ms. Sims, I couldn't agree more, with regard to the 'takeover' at times (not only Mr. Schulte, but he tends to stand out with his 'unusual' point-of-views)!" Hmmm. . . I understand how a group of people takes over parts of Chicago in a demonstration for some cause-we see video of that on the news, but I don't really understand how one can "take over" this blog. Government is spending millions of our tax dollars for security against those who want to take over the street to express their political opinion because a NATO meeting is being held here. How much has government spent to control Schulte on Patch? Schulte is simply engaging is political discussion-no one has to read Schulte's comments, nor does anyone have to respond. Schulte bothers no one, except those who object to his point of view out of fear that other people will read and agree with Schulte's viewpoint. I do find it curious that my viewpoint is considered "unusual". What most people who live in Crook County and in Illinois don't seem to understand is how "unusual" that Crook County and Illinois are. Crook County was recently named the most corrupt city in America. Illinois has just sent its last two governors to prison and is the only state in the nation which does not permit concealed carry. No, I think that Crook County and its citizens are the strange ones for tolerating corrupt gov't for more than 50 years.
Richard Schulte May 21, 2012 at 12:49 PM
"Silence is complicity." Michelle Malkin If you don't speak out against Crook County's corrupt government, then you are complicit in the corruption. If you don't speak out against the Democrat Party's bigotry, then you are complicit in the bigotry. And if you don't speak out against the Democrat Party's "War on Women", then you are complict in the Democrat's use of women as pawns.
Nightcrawler May 21, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Are you homesick, Mr. Schulte? For a guy who hated it here, you sure spend a lot of time virtually visiting.
HOLLY SIGMAN October 29, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Lilly Ledbetter act is meaningless if you don't have a job.

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