U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct 26, 2015) — The protection and care for life are tenets central to the founding of our country. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are what our Founding Fathers sought as they broke from the oppressive British monarchy. Today, we find those very principles under attack.
Last week, the House voted on the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, a measure aimed at protecting life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This bill will dismantle key elements of Obamacare that are harming individuals and families and strip funding from abortion providers like Planned Parenthood, redirecting those funds to Federally Qualified Health Centers — which are more numerous than Planned Parenthood facilities and provide more comprehensive care.
The House has voted over 50 times since you sent me here to represent you to defund or repeal Obamacare. More recently, the House approved the Defund Planned Parenthood Act, which I co-sponsored. Sadly, Senate Democrats have blocked these bills from coming to Senate floor for a vote.
However, this year — for the first time in over a decade — Congress passed a bicameral, 10-year balanced budget. By doing the work the people sent us here to do and passing a budget, we have the opportunity to pursue what is known as the reconciliation process and circumvent the Democrats’ refusal to allow certain bills to be debated and voted on in the Senate.
Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act This fight is worth having. We should stand up for life and defund abortion providers. We should stand up for liberty and give the people the freedom to choose the health care that best suits them. And we should stand up for the pursuit of happiness, which is becoming more and more difficult under Washington-centric mandates and federal bureaucracy.
With the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act we are doing just that.
Vicky Hartzler was elected to Congress on Nov. 10, 2010, representing Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District, home to Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Agriculture Committee, and can be reached online at www.hartzler.house.gov. She also maintains Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube feeds.
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