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  • Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015

    by Representative Steve Scalise

    Posted on 2016-01-06

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    SCALISE. Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the chairman of the Budget Committee for the good, hard work that his committee did for bringing this bill to the floor.

    Ultimately, Mr. Speaker, this is something that we have been talking about doing for a long time, but now we have the opportunity to have a vote on the House floor that will send a bill to President Obama's desk that actually guts ObamaCare and defunds Planned Parenthood.

    This is something very important to people all across the country. But this is something that allows us through the reconciliation process, which is a rare opportunity.

    There have been a lot of really good bills that this House has passed to address problems, whether it is getting the economy back on track, whether it is pushing back on so many of the radical agenda items, through regulatory actions, through executive actions that this President has done to try to circumvent the Constitution and Congress, and they go over to the Senate, and Senate Democrats filibuster the bill. And because of their archaic rules that require 60 votes just to bring a bill up, so many of those bills don't even come up for debate, Mr. Speaker.

    So the budget process of reconciliation gives us one opportunity a year, if we are able to come together and agree on a budget, which this House and Senate did. We came to agreement, in fact, on a budget that gets to balance in the 10-year window for the first time since 2002. And it also gives us that one opportunity to move a bill through, not just the House, but through the Senate with a majority vote, rather than 60 votes.

    Why that is so important, Mr. Speaker, is it allows us to finally put on President Obama's desk this important question. This President needs to be confronted with this, and he will now be confronted with the question about addressing his failed healthcare law that has denied health care to millions of people, that has resulted in double-digit increases for so many others. In my home State of Louisiana, we are seeing over 20 percent increases because of this failed law.

    And then also, to defund Planned Parenthood. That bill will now go to his desk with this important vote.

    {time} 1645 It is a historic vote. I would encourage the President to sign this bill. It would be an important landmark moment in his Presidency. If he vetoes it, it shows the country just what is at stake if you have a President that is willing to do this for the American people.

    I urge a ``yes'' vote, and I look forward to this vote.

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