IT: White House asks Congress for funding on Afghanistan & disasters, and... Do you support Texas' 'abortion ban bounty'?
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The Texas law banning abortions after six weeks includes a unique provision for enforcement: private citizens can sue clinics, doctors, nurses, and even people who drive a woman to get an abortion for at least $10,000.
This financial incentive was singled out by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in her dissent after SCOTUS declined the block the controversial law:
"Texas lawmakers have "deputized the state's citizens as bounty hunters, offering them cash prizes for civilly prosecuting their neighbors' medical procedures."
Texas Right to Life, an anti-abortion group, created a website where people can leave information anonymously about "aiding or abetting a post-heartbeat abortion." Though the site has been dropped by its host, a representative for Texas Right to Life told CBS news:
“ProLifeWhistleblower.com will be back up soon to continue collecting anonymous tips."
The White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on Tuesday sent a letter requesting Congress provide emergency funding for disaster relief efforts and the evacuation of Afghan allies in a continuing resolution (CR) that will be considered to avoid a partial government shutdown at the end of September.
The OMB letter requests that Congress provide over $14 billion in emergency funding to address natural disasters that have occurred over the last 18 months, including Hurricanes Laura and Delta, in addition to ongoing wildfires and Hurricane Ida.
OMB notes that Hurricane Ida ― which has a death toll of 82 across eight U.S. states as of September 8th ― will likely “significantly increase the need for further disaster response funding” by at least $10 billion as more time passes. While the flash flooding that killed at least 22 people in Tennessee was not mentioned in the OMB’s letter, the disaster relief funding would replenish programs that aren’t specific to certain disasters, and could therefore aid recovery there as well.
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On this date in 1953, Swanson began selling its first "TV dinner."
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