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Congressman Emanuel Cleaver

Representing the 5th District of MISSOURI

On Groundhog Day, Congressman Cleaver Denounces Republican Attacks on Health Care for Women & Working Families

Feb 2, 2016
Press Release
Votes Against Latest Attempt to Dismantle Affordable Health Coverage and Attack Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, on Groundhog Day, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO-05) voted against the 63rd attempt to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act, as well as against the 12th endeavor to attack women’s health care in the 114th Congress alone. Congressman Cleaver voted against these latest Republican efforts, and called on Republicans to drop their repeated attempts to take away health care from women and hard-working Americans.

“For too long, the American people have been caught under the shadow of this radical agenda,” said Congressman Cleaver. “And we cannot allow the same old toxic attacks on women’s access to health care and on working families with health insurance to continue.”

Today, House Republicans failed in their Groundhog Day attempt to override the President’s veto of their radical reconciliation bill, which would have:

  • Defunded Planned Parenthood, leaving millions of American women without key preventive health services – including life-saving cancer screenings, well-woman exams, birth control and advice on family planning; and
  • Destroyed the Affordable Care Act, dismantling the newfound health and economic security of millions of working families. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the Republican Reconciliation bill would have taken away health insurance from 22 million Americans after 2017. 

“Unfortunately, the House is stuck on an endless cycle of repeat, voting over and over on a radical agenda that will never become law,” continued Congressman Cleaver. “The American people can’t afford to relive another hyper-partisan Groundhog Day. Rather than wasting time on dead-end votes to attack women’s health and the health care of hard-working families, it’s time Congress got to work on creating jobs and growing opportunity for working people.”

The veto-override failed the House 246-181. 290 votes are required to override a Presidential veto.

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Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee's Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee, the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, and also a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. A high-resolution photo of Congressman Cleaver is available here.

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