Political Theaterby Representative Steve Cohen
Posted on 2016-01-06
COHEN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1
Mr. COHEN. Mr. Speaker, we closed the last year of Congress with some
very productive work on both sides of the aisle: we passed a
transportation bill; we reformed No Child Left Behind; we passed the
tax extenders bill; and we passed an omnibus bill. I thank Speaker Ryan
and the Republicans for working in a bipartisan fashion.
But we are back here in 2016, and as President Reagan would say: There they go again.
Yes, they are trying to repeal the ACA for the 62nd time, and for the 11th time to try to defund Planned Parenthood. These bills are not going to become law. The President will veto them.
It puts us back in a situation where this House isn't being used for America's priorities of putting people back to work, dealing with the crisis in the Middle East and maybe having an AUMF passed, and dealing with criminal justice reform and passing a bill.
The idea, as I understand it, is to pass the bill; the President will veto it; it won't become law; and have the first veto override on the day that the March for Life is here in Washington. This is being done for political theater, to appeal to the March for Life people, and not for what America needs: to put people back to work and protect our people from terrorism in the Middle East.
I wish we would get back to the way we finished up 2015.