Nice to know that the Bush Junta lives on:
Proponents of sex education classes that focus on encouraging teenagers to remain virgins until marriage are hoping that the rescue plan for the nation’s health care system will also save their programs, which are facing extinction because of a cutoff of federal funding.
The health care reform legislation pending in the Senate includes $50 million for programs that states could use.
Under the federal budget signed by President Barack Obama, such programs would no longer have funds targeted for them.
“We’re optimistic,” said Valerie Huber, of the National Abstinence Education Association, which is lobbying to maintain funding for the programs. “Nothing is certain, but we’re hopeful.”
The fact that there is any hope for these con artists to get their paws on any more of real people’s tax money shows just how far “hope” went.
Funding could be restored as part of the health reform package. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, won inclusion of an amendment in the Senate Finance Committee bill that would provide $50 million to states to use for abstinence programs, and the funding survived the version of the legislation that emerged from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
“I was as surprised as anyone to see abstinence-only education programs funded in the final Reid health care bill. There must have been some Democrats who wanted to see the abstinence-only language included,” Hatch said in a statement.
Or who get some skim.
Huber and other defenders disputed that studies had shown abstinence programs were ineffective.
Is that a surprise? They also doubtlessly dispute the indisputable proof that that their book of fairy tales is, well, a bunch of fairy tales.