Today or Friday amidst all the fog surrounding who will be the next Speaker, House Leaders are planning to pass a bill that will be a significant setback on two major conservative priorities–defunding Planned Parenthood and fully repealing Obamacare. They need to be stopped.
Please call your Congressman at (202) 224-3121. Tell him to OPPOSE the reconciliation bill in the House of Representatives.
Congress recently voted for a “continuing resolution” to extend funding for the federal government until December 11, and in doing so, continue funding for Planned Parenthood. 151 Republicans voted against this bill, although many of them knew their votes were frankly not needed as the Democrats joined with the Boehner Republicans to ensure its passage. That was the vote that mattered, and the one that congressmen should be held accountable for. But Republican Leadership never asks their members to walk the plank on a hot-button issue without giving them a show vote to cover their tracks back home. The show vote will be this week in the form of a “reconciliation” bill that purports to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal small portions of Obamacare.
To be clear, the reconciliation process is a valuable legislative device to get certain types of bills through the Senate with 51 votes and avoid the filibuster. But its value depends on what is trying to be accomplished. It is not a one-size-fits-all procedure, and in this case, it is the exact procedure chosen to ensure that Planned Parenthood gets funded.