FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 2, 2016
Contact: Dan Weber
Edwards Calls House GOP’s Unending Cycle of Attacking the Health Care of Women & Working Families More Irresponsible Governing
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards released the following statement today as House Republicans voted yet again to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and defund Planned Parenthood. The veto override failed in the House by a vote of 241-186. An override of a Presidential veto requires a two-thirds vote.
“House Republican’s irresponsible governing continued today with the 63rd attempt to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act, and the 12th attempt to attack women’s health care. With today’s Republican attempt to override President Obama’s veto, the American people are stuck in Groundhog Day, seeing numerous votes to further an ideological agenda instead of moving the country forward. It is ridiculous that Republicans continue to insist on wasting time on these harmful votes attacking women’s health and the health care of hard-working families, when Congress should be working to create jobs and grow opportunities for working families.”
Today, House Republicans failed in their Groundhog Day attempt to override the President’s veto of their radical reconciliation bill, which:
· Defunds Planned Parenthood, leaving millions of American women without key preventive health services – including life-saving cancer screenings, well-woman exams, birth control and advice on family planning; and
· Destroys the Affordable Care Act, dismantling the newfound health and economic security of millions of working families. In Maryland, it would have threatened coverage for 292,271 individuals who enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program as of October 31, 2015. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the Republican Reconciliation bill would have taken away health insurance from 22 million Americans after 2017.