Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

Representing the 18th District of TEXAS

CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE SAYS HOUSE GOP SHOULD STOP THE OBSTRUCTION AND DO THEIR JOB

Sep 6, 2016
Press Release

 

 

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           Contact: Michael J. McQuerry

September 6, 2016                                                               202-225-7080

 

PRESS STATEMENT

 

CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE SAYS HOUSE GOP SHOULD STOP THE OBSTRUCTION AND DO THEIR JOB

 

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a Senior Member of the House Judiciary Committee and the House Homeland Security Committee released the following statement regarding the House GOP not doing their job:

 

“After shutting down Congress for the longest summer recess in the modern era, House Republicans are bringing their reckless inaction back to Washington – forcing desperate families facing dire public health emergencies to keep waiting for the help they need. House Republicans are doubling down on their months of callous obstruction and inaction in the face of a staggering to-do list of unfinished business to keep the American people safe.  In each of the public health crises before America, House Republicans have chosen to obstruct the meaningful action and resources needed to save lives. 

 

“This month, the Centers for Disease Control will run out of resources to fight Zika.  Yet even with almost 17,000 Americans – including nearly 1,600 pregnant women – with confirmed cases of Zika, the Republican Congress has chosen to put their radical agenda ahead of enacting the emergency funding needed to protect American families from this threat. The President submitted an emergency request for supplemental resources to fight Zika more than six months ago – but the Republican Congress has refused to act. House Republicans have chosen to prioritize their assault on women’s access to comprehensive health care over fighting the Zika virus. Republicans must immediately act to pass the Senate’s bipartisan Zika funding bill, which provides $1.1 billion in emergency resources to fight the Zika virus and contains no poison pills.

 

“At every turn, House Republicans have abandoned Americans who are counting on strong action from Congress to protect their families:

 

•        Opioids – Republicans have obstructed vital new resources to address the opioid epidemic that kills 78 Americans every day.

•        Flint – Republicans are blocking any action to help the thousands of children facing lifelong damage from drinking poisoned water.

•        Gun Violence Prevention – Republicans have refused to act on bipartisan, life-saving, commonsense legislation to keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists and criminals – legislation supported by the overwhelming majority of Americans.

 

“Democrats will continue to demand action on these crises to secure the health and safety of America’s families.”

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