Rehashing Old, Toxic Attacksby Representative Jared Polis
Posted on 2016-01-06
POLIS asked and was given permission to address the House for 1
minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. POLIS. Mr. Speaker, here we are, the very first day back for the
House of Representatives in 2016, and already the House Republicans are
rehashing old, toxic attacks on women's access to health care and on
Here in 2016 we were hoping to see a House of Representatives that would look forward, forward to reducing the cost of health care for all Americans and to helping pass the bill that would require pay equity for women. Instead, under the guise of this reconciliation bill, a technical term that is coming before the body this week, this Republican bill would defund Planned Parenthood, strip away affordable family planning and lifesaving cancer screenings for millions of American women across the country. It would dismantle the Affordable Care Act. In fact, it is the 62nd vote from this body to repeal that act.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the Republican bill before this body this week would take healthcare coverage away from 22 million Americans next year alone. That is not right for the country, it is not right for women, and it is not right for this body. Let's move forward with a pro-woman agenda, a pro- healthcare agenda, rather than the same toxic bills that they have tried and failed to pass over 62 times.