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McGovern Calls Out Republicans for Failure to Act on Public Health Crises

Thursday, September 08, 2016

 

Congressman Jim McGovern led debate for Democrats on the House Floor on the rule for H.R. 5063, the Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act. 

McGovern called out House Republicans for bringing up a bill to provide corporate giveaway while continuing their inaction on public health crises like the spread of the Zika virus, the water crisis  in Flint, Michigan, the opioid Crisis, and the ongoing epidemic of gun violence. 

“I had hoped that after we all spent time with our constituents over the summer recess, the priorities of this Republican leadership would change to reflect what the American people actually care about. 

“But they haven’t. 

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House GOP Bill 

On the bill, McGovern said the bill, “eliminates public interest protections, creates needless litigation and delay, and imposes draconian penalties on federal officials. It is a misinformed response to a nonexistent problem, and just one more corporate giveaway by this Republican Congress.”

McGovern on Zika 

On Zika, McGovern said “Almost 17,000 Americans, including nearly 1,600 pregnant women, are currently suffering from the Zika virus. And this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will run out of resources to fight Zika. In the words of Dr. Thomas Frieden of the CDC, “We need Congress to act.”

Gun Violence 

The House Republicans are set to bring up a measure to punish House Democrats for their 25-hour-sit-in on the House Floor which took place in June. 

McGovern asked Republicans about their outrage toward gun violence. 

“Where’s the outrage over the 49 innocent civilians killed in Orlando? Where’s the outrage over the 14 people killed in San Bernardino? Or the nine people killed in a church in South Carolina? Is there any outrage over that? Where’s the outrage over the 27, mostly children, killed in Newtown, Connecticut? Or the 12 people killed in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado? Or the outrage over the six people who were killed in Tucson, Arizona where our former colleague, Gabby Giffords, was shot? Or the 32 people killed at Virginia Tech?”

 

McGovern concluded his speech by saying “Enough. Let’s do the people’s business. We’re not doing it today and I hope that my colleagues will reconsider their agenda for the time we’re back here and actually do something meaningful.”  

 

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