Crowley Fights Yet Another Republican Attack on Women’s Health

October 13, 2011
Press Release

Crowley: “Every day it feels more like the movie ‘Groundhog Day’ in here”

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) called out Republicans for bringing forward yet another anti-women, anti-health bill instead of focusing on jobs and the economy. Republicans prioritized bringing H.R. 358, a bill that would drastically alter longstanding federal law to permit federally funded hospitals to refuse abortion services, including services for women whose lives are in danger, for a vote in the House over consideration of President Obama’s American Jobs Act.

Rep. Crowley’s remarks as prepared for delivery are below. To watch his speech, click here.

“Mr. Speaker, we’re now more than 275 days into this Congress, and the GOP leadership has put forward zero American jobs bills and out-right rejected consideration of President Obama’s jobs proposal.

“So, if jobs aren’t at the heart of the Republican tea party’s agenda, what is?

“Passage of anti-labor legislation to weaken the rights of middle class workers and encourage the shipping of jobs overseas. Check.

“Passage of anti-middle class legislation to raise taxes on hardworking families. Check.

“Passage of anti-environment legislation to roll back clean air standards. Check.

“Passage of anti-education legislation to slash Pell Grants for middle-income students to afford college. Check.

“And, up later today – passage of its 7th anti-women’s health measure.

“Today’s bill will put the government in the middle of Americans’ health choices and allow hospitals to refuse life-saving treatment to women.

“Mr. Speaker, every day it feels more like the movie ‘Groundhog Day’ in here –  I wake up hoping there will be something different but it’s just the same scene played over and over.

“The Republican tea party agenda stuck on repeat might satisfy the extreme rightwing, but it neither satisfies nor helps hardworking Americans.

“It’s time for the GOP leadership to learn a lesson from ‘Groundhog Day’: the only way out is to do better.

“The American people don’t want token legislating, extreme partisanship or the sideshow politics.

“They want real solutions, real jobs and a real vision for America.

“And, like the movie, they are desperate for a new day.”

Congressman Crowley is the seven-term representative from the 7th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and serves as a Chief Deputy Whip in the House of Representatives.