WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct 23, 2015) — Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler today voted to protect life and liberty with her vote in favor of the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, a measure aimed at dismantling key provisions of Obamacare and stopping the flow of federal funds to abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood.
U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler
“We were sent here to fight for the American people,” Hartzler stated. “They do not want their healthcare dictated to them by Washington and they don’t want their tax dollars going to abortion providers. If the numerous votes we have taken on these issues in the House — the People’s Chamber — were not signal enough to the President that this is what the people want, then this bill will be. He will soon have a choice: does he support the people and women’s health, or does he support Planned Parenthood and Washington mandates?”
“This bill puts people first, not politics,” Hartzler continued. “Obamacare continues to do real harm to Americans with soaring premium increases, outrageous deductibles, and stiff fines for not having it. By dismantling key provisions of Obamacare, we pave the way for patient-centered health care reform, allowing the people to decide what is best for them and their families. Our families are coping with a stagnant economy and cannot afford a health care system that costs them more yet gives them less. We can do better.”
“Additionally, this bill protects life by stopping the flow of taxpayer dollars to abortion providers,” Hartzler added. “The people have, for years, begged Congress to end the flow of taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood, especially in the wake of the recent horrendous videos showing Planned Parenthood officials exhibiting a blatant disregard for human life. This bill places a moratorium on funding of abortion providers and redirected those funds to community health centers—which are more numerous than Planned Parenthood facilities and provide more comprehensive care to women.”
Reconciliation is an expedited legislative procedure triggered by a conferenced budget resolution that is used to bring revenue and automatic spending levels in line with budget resolution targets. In the Senate, such a bill is filibuster-proof, requires only a simple majority (51 votes) to pass, and is limited to 20 hours of debate. A reconciliation bill is also subject to the Senate’s “Byrd Rule,” which prohibits extraneous provisions that have no budgetary effect, among other limitations.
Reconciliation is important because it is perhaps the only legislative means by which a Republican majority can send a bill to the President that repeals major provisions of Obamacare. After passage, the Senate will then either consider the House-passed reconciliation bill or its own reconciliation bill. If the Senate considers its own reconciliation bill, then a conference would likely be held. Once Congress passes the reconciliation measure, it then sends it to the President for signature.
Congresswoman Hartzler, a co-chair of the House Values Action Team and member of the Congressional Pro-life Caucus, represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. She serves on the House Armed Services, Agriculture, and Budget Committees, and can be reached online at www.hartzler.house.gov. She also maintains Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube feeds.
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