Providing for Consideration of H.R. 161, Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act, and Providing for Consideration of H.R. 36, Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Actby Representative Carolyn B. Maloney
Posted on 2015-01-21
MALONEY of New York. I thank the gentleman for his
leadership and for yielding.
Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to this rule. After all the talk by our Republican friends about focusing their efforts on jobs and growing the economy, so far their rhetoric does not match their record.
Last week, we took up a pipeline bill that, according to the State Department, would only create 34 jobs, and the bill that we have on the pipeline today probably won't create one single job, but what it will do, it will make it easier to damage the environment.
The majority has also introduced six antichoice bills in the past 7 days, and what all these bills have in common is that they will not create one single American job.
Instead of a jobs agenda, the majority seems bound and determined to attack women's rights, to take away a woman's constitutional right to make for herself the most private and personal and intimate decisions.
Now, we are taking up this bill, H.R. 36, which is based on the insulting belief that women are incapable and unprepared to make decisions about their own bodies and their own health care.
Forty-two years ago this week, the Supreme Court, in Roe v. Wade, made it clear that a woman has a constitutional right to decide for herself these private issues concerning her own health and well-being.
This is not only insulting to the women of this country, it is just another pointless exercise in political posturing. It will never become law. It is a waste of Congress' time. What we should be doing instead is focusing on any idea or measure that can help create greater economic opportunity for all Americans.
The President pointed out last night that our economy is on the rise. Under his leadership, we are experiencing the strongest private sector job growth we have had in 17 years, over 11 million new jobs.
Let's not squander this opportunity. Let's work together to create real jobs, not political posturing for the American people.