Rep. John Carter and Others Sided With Corporate Lobbyist To Threaten The Safety of Children

Seeing a sonogram can be a powerful experience.  Witnessing the early, fragile stages of life can have a tremendous effect on a person. 

No, we’re not talking about the debate in the Texas Legislature; we’re talking about mercury, Congress and the health and safety of you and your family. 

Congressmen and women are sent to Washington on a promise that they will serve in the best interest of their district.  It is an ideal as old as the institution itself.  On February 16, 2011 Rep. John Carter and other Texas Congressmen broke that promise. 

Mercury is a compound that most of us know to stay away from, it’s dangerous.  Rep. John Carter wants to pump more of it into the air.  He authored an amendment that would eliminate emissions reductions on mercury from cement plants in the United States.  He seems to believe that the interest of polluters far outweigh that of the public he was elected to serve. 

If ingested by a pregnant woman, mercury can cause a mother’s worst nightmare: brain damage leading to learning disabilities and attention disorders, as well as delays in walking and talking.  It is estimated that every year 400,000 newborns are exposed to harmful levels of mercury. 

This is the health and safety of our children both living and unborn. 

The majority of the United States House voted in favor of Carter’s amendment, compromising the health of unborn children.   

Rep. John Carter and these Representatives lead the way.

Here is a list of the Texas co-sponsors:

Rep. Joe Barton
Rep. Kevin Brady
Rep. John Carter
Rep. K. Michael Conaway
Rep. John Culberson
Rep. Blake Farenthold
Rep. Bill Flores
Rep. Kay Granger
Rep. Sam Johnson
Rep. Kenny Marchant
Rep. Randy Neugbauer
Rep. Pete Olson
Rep. Ted Poe
Rep. Pete Sessions
Rep. William M. Thornberry

We thought it might help them to see an actual sonogram to better understand the effect of their decisions on unborn children. 


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