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  • Providing for Consideration of Senate Amendment to H.R. 3762, Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015

    by Representative Gus M. Bilirakis

    Posted on 2016-01-06

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    BILIRAKIS. Mr. Speaker, I rise, obviously, to support the rule, but I also rise in strong support of the Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, a crucial piece of legislation with bicameral support.

    This bill continues our efforts to protect patients, families, taxpayers, and communities across the Nation. It will lift the burdens of the President's healthcare law and give back the power over healthcare decisions to individual patients and families.

    This bill gives us the opportunity to take crucial steps toward a more patient-centered healthcare system. It gives us the opportunity to reduce our Nation's deficit by repealing the majority of the burdensome healthcare taxes and ending harsh penalties.

    This legislation also gives us the opportunity to save lives. In light of Planned Parenthood's unethical and potentially illegal activity, I firmly believe our taxpayers should not be forced to pay for such organizations. We must protect the rights of taxpayers and, more importantly, the rights of the unborn.

    {time} 1445 As I have said before, I remain dedicated to giving a voice to our most fragile Americans who cannot speak for themselves. I am proud this legislation helps us protect those who need protection most.

    I urge my colleagues to support this good bill.

    Mr. McGOVERN. Mr. Speaker, let's be clear. Other than a verbal assault against Planned Parenthood and a verbal assault against the Affordable Care Act, this bill will do nothing. It is going to be vetoed really quickly. Maybe it is red meat for the political base, but if that satisfies your political base, great. I would say they are a cheap date if this is what it takes to satisfy them.

    But we ought to be dealing with some serious issues here, and I am going to urge my colleagues to defeat the previous question. If we do, I will offer an amendment to the rule to bring up bipartisan legislation that would close a glaring loophole in our gun laws allowing suspected terrorists to legally buy firearms.

    The bill would bar the sale of firearms and explosives to those on the FBI's terrorist watch list. I don't know why that is so controversial, but some of my friends find that to be a controversial issue.

    Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent to insert the text of the amendment in the Record, along with extraneous material, immediately prior to the vote on the previous question.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there objection to the request of the gentleman from Massachusetts? There was no objection.

    Mr. McGOVERN. Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.

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