FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                         CONTACT: Christina Jamison              

March 24, 2010                                                 (202) 631-1158

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(WASHINGTON, DC) – Independent Women’s Voice CEO Heather Higgins today announced the launch of, a web site designed to draw attention to the so-called “Leadership and Committee Staff Carve-Out” provision exempting key congressional staffers from some of the requirements of the health spending bill signed into law just yesterday.

“In our Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote that ‘All men are created equal,’” said Higgins. “What he meant by that was that all men and women are to be treated equally under the law. That’s a lesson certain congressional staffers – to wit, the Leadership and Committee staffers who wrote the health spending bill signed into law yesterday – would do well to remember. Apparently, they must have forgotten Jefferson’s axiom – they wrote the bill in such a way as to exempt themselves from some of the requirements imposed upon other congressional staffers, and, in fact, Members of Congress.

“That’s unconscionable. The Leadership and Committee staff members who wrote this exemption into the legislation are acting like the pigs in George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm,’ where the motto was ‘All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.’

“Later today, Sen. Grassley will offer an amendment to remove this particularly odious provision. Independent Women’s Voice strongly supports Sen. Grassley’s effort to remove this offensive carve-out, and, to that end, we have created a new web site – — to draw attention to this special exemption.

“We have no doubt that as the daysand weeks continue, we will continue to learn, in Speaker Pelosi’s memorable phrase, ‘just what’s in the bill.’”

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