Hensarling Votes to Put Obamacare Repeal, Defunding of Planned Parenthood on President’s Desk
WASHINGTON—U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement after voting in favor of the Senate amendment to the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act (H.R. 3762).
“For the first time since Obamacare was passed, we are putting a bill to repeal it on President Obama’s desk. Thanks to a special process known as reconciliation – which prevents the Senate from being able to block legislation through filibuster – the president will be forced to veto be accountable on a bill that would free Americans from the scourge known as Obamacare. This is the fulfillment of the promise made by Republicans to the American people that we would use every tool we could to put a repeal bill on President Obama’s desk. While there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that President Obama will veto the legislation, this important process makes it clear for the American people: it is President Obama and Democrats who stand in the way of repealing a law that has made health care less accessible, more expensive, and more burdensome, and it is Republicans who are working to repeal and replace Obamacare with a patient centered approach.
“This legislation also forces President Obama to defend sending federal funds to any organization – like Planned Parenthood – that is engaged in the horrific act of abortion. Americans were outraged by recent videos showing officials at Planned Parenthood trafficking in human baby body parts. After similar legislation to strip tax dollars from these organizations was filibustered in the Senate, today’s legislation bypasses that roadblock and shows the American people that it is Republicans who are fighting to defend the most fundamental of our rights: the right to life.
“I am proud to join with every Republican member of Congress from Texas who voted in support of the reconciliation process. As Senator Cruz said, it ‘is a significant step towards repealing every word of Obamacare. This bill repeals as much of that failed law as we can under arcane Senate rules and the narrow guidelines of the budget. I am also encouraged that this bill prohibits taxpayer funds from going to abortion-providers.’”