tv Key Capitol Hill Hearings CSPAN September 19, 2015 2:00am-4:01am EDT
mr. goodlatte: madam speaker, at this time i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from new jersey, mr. smith. mr. smith: i thank -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized for one minute. mr. smith: i thank the gentleman for yielding. again, i want to thank bob goodlatte for doing a wonderful job as chairman of the judiciary committee, a true human rights champion and a man who really understands these issues and the hearing with the abortion survivor exposes the fact there are survivors. i remember years ago there was a philadelphia inquirer piece called "the dreaded complication," and it was all about all of the children who survived later term abortions. and you know what the response of the abortion lobby was? we need a better means, a more effective and efficacious method to destroy those babies. and that was part of the genesis of partial birth abortion. if you drain and actually take
out the brain tissue of a child before birth, it probably ensures there weren't be a born alive. let me also say, people on the other side were talking about the relationship between doctor and patient. what about the new patient, that new unborn child who is now a newly born child? where is the relationship there to help that child? abortion clinics are in the business of exterminating children through dismemberment, chemical poisoning. that's what they do. getting this child to a hospital ensures that life-saving, not just a mind set that says we need to save these children but the means to do so including intensive care capability. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. chu: i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. goodlatte: madam speaker, at this time it's my pleasure to yield one minute to the gentleman from tennessee, mr. roe.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized for one minute. mr. roe: i thank the chairman pour yielding. madam speaker, i rise today with -- i thank the chairman for yielding. madam speaker, i rise today with a heavy heart. i delivered almost 5,000 babies and trying to save every life of every mother and every baby, i don't see why this is not something that brings us all together. whether you're pro-life or pro-choice, if a baby survives an abortion, we should do everything we can to savable hat baby's life -- we can to save that baby's life. i am getting emotional here because it is an emotional issue for me. i can't imagine as a physician standing beside a baby that has delivered -- no one in this room can. i don't think no one in this has -- this bill should pass overwhelmingly and should
be the law of the land. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. chu: i continue to reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman continues to reserve. mr. goodlatte: madam speaker, i just have one speaker remaining, and i believe we have the right to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is correct. the gentlewoman from california ontinues to reserve. ms. chu: is the gentleman on the other side of the aisle saying he's prepared to close? mr. goodlatte: we are prepared to close. ms. chu: we have one speaker and then we will be prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. chu: i would like to yield two minutes to our congress member from illinois, congress member schakowsky. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from illinois is recognized for two minutes.
ms. schakowsky: thank you for yielding to me. you know, i just want to say hat there is the implication in the testimony and in the speeches that are made here that the other side of the aisle is somehow more concerned about the life of a child born alive, that somehow democrats just don't care about that. and i just want to tell you i resent that so very, very much. we unanimously voted to protect that life, and if in fact a baby is born into this world nd can survive and is alive, it is considered homicide to kill that baby. there are laws. there are laws that would infant, e life of an
a real child that is born that can sustain life. and i just want to tell you that somehow making this division about people who really care about a living person that is born is just false. and i think i'm speaking for all people, for all democrats and clearly for all republicans that we need to make sure that we protect that life. but i believe that we have every law in place. what this bill does is go fear among create physicians, healers, people who re educated and committed to health and life and put fear into them that if they don't
provide for the exact procedures that you're talking about, that they could spend five years in jail for providing the health care ervices that a woman needs and that's, i believe, part of this ongoing effort to say that we should -- we should end the full range of health services that are available to women. this is a further attack on women's health. we all agree on what the outcome should be, and let's not get into -- ms. chu: i yield 30 more seconds. ms. schakowsky: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: as the gentlewoman from california expressed her ability to close, i will recognize the gentlewoman from california to close and then recognize the gentleman from virginia since he has the right to close. ms. chu: is the other side of the aisle prepared to close?
ok. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for five minutes. ms. chu: madam speaker, this bill politicizes women's health and limits women's access to abortion. it interferes with the sacred doctor-patient relationship and substitutes a physician's best judgment with the judgment of a handful of politicians and in fact male politicians. i would note that not a single woman on the other side of the aisle has spoken on this bill. let me note, it is already illegal to fail to provide care to an infant born alive. there was a bill passed 13 years ago, the born alive infant protection act. and this bill was not intended
to affect abortion practice or the woman's right to choose. in fact, that is why judiciary committee democrats voted to support it. but what this bill does is to vilify abortion providers. this bill is so broad and the penalties so severe, up to five years in prison, that one can only conclude that the real purpose of this bill is to intimidate abortion providers out of practice. . this bill requires doctors and employees of hospitals and clinics that provide abortion services to report any violation of the bill standard of care to state or federal law enforcement authorities. and any person, remember we are talking doctors, cleaning crew, receptionists that fail to comply with these requirements is threatened with fines and up to five years in prison.
that why is why the 58,000 physicians -- that is why the 58,000 physicians of the american congress of obstetricians and gynecologists oppose this bill and say that it represents gross interference in the practice of medicine and they insert a politician in between a woman and her doctor. let us not forget, politicians are not doctors. we should be concerned about doing our jobs and fully fund high quality women's health care instead of trying to keep doctors from doing theirs. i strongly urge my colleagues to oppose this dangerous bill. it the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yield back. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. goodlatte: thank you, madam speaker. at this time for purposes of
closing our debate i am pleased to yield to the house majority whip, the gentleman from louisiana, mr. scalise. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from louisiana is recognized for 2 1/2 minutes. mr. scalise: thank you, madam speaker. i want to thank the gentleman from virginia for yielding. and i want to rise in strong support of the abortion survivors protection act by my friend, born alive survivors protection act, by my friend and colleague, trent franks. madam speaker, this bill is about standing up for the sanctity of life. specifically this bill deals with babies that are born alive . whether it was the result of an bortion or normal birth, all people in this country deserve that same protection, madam speaker. why should a baby that's born alive be denied that same
right? our founding fathers in the declaration of independence made it crystal clear, we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal. that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. madam speaker, the first unalienable right mentioned by our founders, these were not rights given to us by our founders. thee were given to us by our creator. and that first right is life. and if a baby is born alive, they ought to have that protection. that's what this bill is about. it's about giving that protection that's enumerated in the constitution and in the declaration of independence itself. to say they ought to have that protection. in law that if they are born
alive, that they ought to have that same medical protection. madam speaker, when you saw the president come out yesterday and say that he would veto this bill, how extreme can somebody be to say they would not stand up for a baby that's born alive to have the same protection that the declaration of ndependence enumerates as an unalienable right? this should be a place where we can all come together. a place where we can all agree that we as a house can come together and stand up and give that protection in law to those babies that are born alive. i would hope that all of my colleagues would join in. that we could send this bill over to the senate. the same debate and agree to pass that on and ultimately the president would recognize that this is a bill that ought to become law. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. all time for debate has
expired. pursuant to house resolution 421, the previous question is ordered on the bill. the question is on engrossment and third reading of the bill. so many as are in favor say aye. spone. -- those opposed, no. the aye vs. t third reading. the clerk: a bill to amend title 18 united states code to prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives and abortion or attempted abortion. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on passage of the bill. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the aye vs. it. for what purpose does the -- ayes have it. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? ms. chu: i ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed.
madam speaker. pursuant to house resolution 421 i call up h.r. 3134, and ask for its immediate consideration in the house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3134, a bill to provide for a moratorium on federal funding to planned parenthood federation of america incorporated. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to house resolution 421, the amendment printed in house report 114-262 is adopted and the bill as amended is considered as read. the bill shall be debatable for one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on energy and commerce or their designees. the gentlewoman from tennessee, mrs. blackburn, and the gentlewoman from florida, ms. castor, each will control 30 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from tennessee, mrs. blackburn. mrs. blackburn: thank you, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and and to heir remarks
include extraneous material on h.r. 3134. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. miss blark burn: -- mrs. blackburn: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. blackburn: i rise in strong support of h.r. 3134, the defund planned parenthood act of 2015. madam speaker, we all remember the images of kermit gosnell killing babies who were born alive after a botched abortion. we know that those are sickening, and we know that they have renewed the demand for accountability from the american people. that is why we come before you today with h.r. 3134, the defund planned parenthood act of 2015. new documentation of these
heinous practices that we have seen in videos, videos that have come out of planned parenthood abortion clinics, of harvesting the body parts of babies, as part of the abortion process, have raised serious questions about the possible systematic and repeated violation of state and federal laws. h.r. 3134 provides a one-year moratorium, a freezing, a freezing, on the federal funding to planned parenthood federation of america and all of its affiliates while investigations are ongoing regarding the practices of the abortion speaker. madam speaker, most people think that is common sense. if there is reason to investigate, then there is reason to withhold taxpayer dollars during that period of time.
those dollars would be given to other facilities that provide women's health services. the american taxpayer has been very clear for a long time that they do not want taxpayer money spent on abortion. 68% of americans oppose. what is so interesting to me is that we know that 71% of all millennials oppose this. i would remind my colleagues, madam speaker, there's no difference between men and women on this. there is bipartisan opposition from men and women to this practice. additionally, the majority of americans are opposed to the le of body parts of babies obtained after abortion. so the discussion today is not about videos or women's health access.
we know there are other ways to get that access. it is about our most basic right. it is about the right to life. it is also about doing what the taxpayers sent us to d.c. to do. it is also about continuing the process to protect our most vulnerable citizens. innocent little babies. at this time i will reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from tennessee reserves. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. castor: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. castor: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, i rise in strong opposition to the deny women health care act. madam speaker, congressional approval ratings are at an all time low and here's another example of why. republicans in congress have failed to fulfill their
fundamental responsibility to our great nation again. republicans have pushed america to the brink of another government shut down, and we are a mere five legislative days away. republicans in congress have refused to sit down and negotiate a bipartisan appropriations plan despite the urging of democrats, business leaders, military service members, and citizens all across america. the bill brought to the floor today is an attempt by republican leaders to distract the american public from their failure to do their job. last spring we urged republicans in congress to sit down and hammer out an appropriations plan. they refused. instead, the congress adjourned at the end of july. nothing happened in august. and nothing has happened since the congress has returned after labor day. now, the republican dysfunction
in this house will have very serious consequences for our neighbors back home. a republican shut down would hurt thousands of disabled veterans, disadvantaged children, small businesses, working families, and taxpayers. the last time republicans shut down the government for 16 days, the economy lost $24 billion and 120,000 private sector jobs. here's what will happen. the republican shut down stalled veterans disability claims creating needless delays for our heroes seeking help. hundreds of critically sick americans were prevented from enrolling in n.i.h. clinical trials with 98% of the national fond foundation, and 2/3 of c.d.c. employees furloughed. head start grantees serving thousands of children were forced to close. american entrepreneurs and small businesses were cut off from millions of dollars in s.b.a. loans, and small businesses with government contracts faced abrupt payment
delays and cutbacks. and almost $4 billion in i.r.s. refunds were delayed. the republican congress is continuing dysfunction and inability to govern are having real impacts on hardworking americans. the american people are tired of their relentless failure to govern and the culture of crisis. again and again republicans have chosen to put their radical special interest agenda ahead of the priorities of hardworking americans. the american people deserve better. especially in this case because the deny women health care act is a cynical attack on the ability of women across america to receive the health services that they need. at trusted planned parenthood clinics. i know many are passionate about these personal issues. that's why the republicans advance this bill on this topic. they know it is sure to inflame passions, but to date despite
congressional inquiries into these false videotapes, there has been no wrongdoing uncovered whatsoever. . to evidence to substantiate the allegations. what happened is that coordinated broad-based smear campaign based on false videos that are full of distortions and misinformation. the bill is one more assault in the long list of republican assaults on women's health care over the last two decades. because simply defunding planned parenthood would leave millions of american women without key preventative services, including birth control, family planning, life-saving cancer screenings, testing and treatment of infections, well-women exams and advice on family planning. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida reserves. the gentlewoman from tennessee,
mrs. blackburn, is recognized. mrs. blackburn: thank you, madam speaker. i was beginning to think we were all -- off on a different bill there for a minute. yielding myself 15 seconds to respond. we are not on a bill about a government shutdown. we are on a bill that will make certain that women have access to health care. h.r. 3134. will remind my colleagues of that. it does remove the funds from planned parenthood, and it does able them to go women health clinics. i yield to the author of this legislation and who has been such an advocate for addressing women's health care needs, mrs. black from tennessee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from tennessee, mrs. black, is recognized for three minutes. mrs. black: thank you, madam speaker. as a nurse for more than 40 years and a believer in the
god-given purpose of every human being, i am passionately pro-life. but you know what, you don't have to agree with me to support this bill. no matter our views on abortion or the party label beside our name, we should have all have an interest in ensuring that laws are followed and that the taxpayer dollars are spent responsibly. if a law is broken, particularly by those receiving government money, that should be remedied. that's not a political statement. that's quite literally is our job here in congress. two months ago a series of undercover videos were released implicating planned parenthood in the illegal trafficking of aborted baby tissue and organs. now, some of my colleagues have tried to dismiss these videos, even without ever watching them. i get it. it's easier to try to discredit the source than to defend what's happening on these tapes.
well, madam speaker, i did watch these videos and i saw full conversations of planned parenthood employees in their own words discussing potentially law-breaking activities. congressional investigations are under way, but there are more than enough lingering questions to stop the flow of money, taxpayer dollars, to this abortion giant until our work is complete. for this reason, i've introduced the defund planned parenthood act of 2015. this legislation enacts a one-year moratorium on all federal money going to planned parenthood. it does not reduce women's health funding by a single dime . as a matter of fact, we actually increase funding by over $200 million. instead, this legislation reallocates the funding to more than 13,000 -- 13,500 facilities nationwide that
provides true preventative care to those that need it the most and they do not perform abortions. what's more, planned parenthood can get their money back. read the bill. they can get their money back if they fully commit to what they talk about in doing women's health care and stop performing abortions for this year. if there exists even a possibility that planned parenthood violated our laws, as i believe they did, then pro-life and pro-choice members of congress alike must act to reallocate the funds now so we're not trying to chase down the taxpayer dollars that already went out the door later on. this is ensuring that our laws are followed, that americans know that their money is being spent and that the conscience rights of taxpayers are respected. i urge a yes vote on 3134, and
i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from tennessee reserves. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. castor: thank you, madam speaker. i'll reiterate again, there's no evidence whatsoever of any wrongdoing, and i maintain this is a distraction from the republicans' fundamental failure to pass a budget five legislative days before a government shutdown. and i'm honored to recognize mr. pallone from new jersey, the ranking member of the energy and commerce committee. the speaker pro tempore: for how much time? ms. castor: one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized for one minute. mr. pallone: thank you, madam speaker. i listened to the previous republican speaker and the deception she poses to this congress is unbelievable, in my opinion. first of all, she talks about these videos, which we know have been misleading, edited, all kinds of changes have been made to them. the accuracy of them is totally unacceptable. they are not accurate. then she says, well, just because they may be accurate
that we should pass this bill defunding planned parenthood. but when did this congress get into the business of saying, well, before we decided whether you've actually broken the law and before we have any evidence you've done so, we're just going to shut you down? that's not how we operate. that's not due process. that's not the american way. and then she suggests that somehow this money is going to be given to other providers. i think she's probably talking about community health centers. well, i will tell you from my own experience with community health centers, they don't have the ability to provide the women's health needs that are being proposed here that are actually provided by planned parenthood. that is not going to happen. those women are going to be deprived of health care. so let's not continue with this deception about what's actually going on here. the republicans just want to shut the government down if we don't defund planned parenthood. that's what they're all about. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. blackburn: thank you,
madam speaker. at this time i yield one minute to mr. guthrie, a member of the energy and commerce committee and vice chair of the health subcommittee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky is recognized for one minute. mr. guthrie: thank you. i thank the gentlelady for yielding. madam speaker, i rise today in support of 3134. this bill would defund planned parenthood and its clinics for one full year. is summer a series of videos showed gruesome practices being done across this country. no one disputed that employees of planned parenthood said what they said in the video. these videos have shocked and appalled countless americans. federal dollars should not be going to an agency that is involved in such horrific and disturbing practice. i voted in the past to defund planned parenthood and i will do so again today. life is a precious gift, and i firmly believe we should do all we can to advance and support it. today i urge my colleagues to support this legislation to stop planned parenthood from
continuing these practices, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from tennessee reserves. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. castor: madam speaker, i yield one minute to mr. engel of new york. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized for one minute. mr. engel: madam speaker, i rise in opposition to this bill. we're here because some have chosen to reignite the same tired battles of years' past and bring our government to the brink of shutdown. i should not be deciding what's best for a woman's health. she should and her doctors should. that we're even having this debate based on contrived, substantiated -- unsubstantiated allegations about an organization that provides critical care to more than two million americans is not only outrageous, it's downright irresponsible. more than half of planned
parenthood centers are in rural or medically underserved areas where access to health care is already too limited. yet, my colleagues want to make it even harder for women and men to access h.i.v. and s.t.d. tests, breast cancer screening, cervical skin cancer screenings and other life-saving services. this attempt to demonize planned parenthood is disgraceful and, again, it is important to underscore that federal insurance coverage of abortion is already restricted. so to defund planned parenthood is to defund the preventative services that keep our constituents healthy. i urge a no vote. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york's time has expired. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. blackburn: thank you, madam speaker. i'm going to yield myself 10 seconds to respond. again, refocusing us on the bill. we're talking about being certain there is access to health care. cancer screenings and prevention services from
planned parenthood have been cut in half over the past seven years. they do not perform mammograms. they perform over 300,000 abortions annually. at this time i yield one minute to vice chairman of veterans' affairs and a member of energy and commerce, mr. bilirakis of florida. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized for one minute. mr. bilirakis: thank you, madam chair. i rise today in support of the defund planned parenthood act, a bill i'm proud to co-sponsor. as the energy and commerce committee continues to investigate the troubling planned parenthood videos, it is crucial we do everything in our power to protect human life and hold organizations such as planned parenthood accountable. with this legislation, we have the opportunity to both save lives and respect the rights of the american people. taxpayers should not be forced to financially support organizations whose behavior is
at best unethical and possibly illegal. when it comes to defunding planned parenthood, the issue should not be partisan. this is about protecting the rights of taxpayers, but more importantly, protecting the basic right of human life. i will continue to give a voice to our most fragile americans who cannot speak for themselves. i thank representative black for her efforts on this important piece of legislation. i urge my colleagues to support it and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. castor: madam speaker, i yield two minutes to ms. degette of colorado. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from colorado is recognized for two minutes. ms. degette: madam speaker, planned parenthood provides basic health services to millions of americans. pap smears, breast cancer screenings, family planning and birth control. in fact, there were over four
million visits to planned parenthood clinics last year and over 90% of this was basic women's health care and not abortions. so why are we talking about this today? why are we talking about this legislation? planned parenthood does these services and no federal funds are spent on abortion services that planned parenthood does provide. but yet the majority will take the radical step of denying women the basic health care they need. this radical agenda is wrong. it's wrong for american women and it's wrong for us when the federal budget expires in just 13 days. i, too, have reviewed the videotapes. our committee reviewed the videotapes and as ms. castor said, and it bears repeating, no wrongdoing was shown. there's no criminal charges. there's no charges at all that are pending whatsoever against planned parenthood. madam speaker, yesterday in the
energy and commerce committee my republican colleagues in their radical effort went so far as to show a voteo of a stillborn baby, implying that that baby was a fetus being used for fetal tissue development. what's worse, that photo was shown without the woman's consent. it had no relation to planned parenthood. it was used without the mother's consent, and what i want to know from the majority, is this the evidence that you're using to decide that you're going to deny funding for planned parenthood and all the well-women visits they use? my colleagues ought to be ashamed of showing this, and my colleagues ought to be ashamed of putting this bill on the floor today. we are seeing shamelessness right here on the floor today. my colleagues on the other side are trying to do everything they can to insert themselves between american women and their right to make their own health care decisions.
it's wrong and i urge a no vote on this legislation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. blackburn: thank you, madam speaker. i'll never be ashamed of standing up and defending life ever. and i find it so interesting that our efforts to protect life are termed radical. that is an interesting turn of events, if i say so myself. at this time i yield to a member of the energy and commerce committee, dr. bucshon. the speaker pro tempore: for how much time? mrs. blackburn: one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. bucshon: thank you. with all due respect, the radical agenda is protecting an organization that dismembers body parts and sells them for profit. madam speaker, for the record, i'm probably the only member of this body to have operated on babies as young as 23 weeks gestation. in fact, the smallest baby i operated on weighed only 650 grams. as a physician, i spent my career caring for patients regardless of their situation, so i take access to health care
very seriously. i find it troubling that the other side, most of whom never spent a day caring for patients, continue to mislead the american people about the facts of planned parenthood. here are a few. planned parenthood only treats 2% of the nation's women for any reason. planned parenthood doesn't offer women some basic primary care, doesn't provide services like mammograms, cardiovascular blood tests or bone mass measurements. they cut cancer screenings by half while increasing abortion services by 40%. across the country, 1,300 federally qualified rural health centers can provide basic health services compared to only 700 planned parenthood facilities that really don't provide these services at all. madam speaker, taxpayers should not be forced to fund this organization when we have so many alternatives. thank you. i yield back. mrs. blackburn: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from tennessee reserves. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized.
ms. castor: i yield a minute and a half to the gentlewoman from illinois, ms. schakowsky. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from illinois is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. ms. schakowsky: the previous speaker said something completely false. planned parenthood does not -- fetal tissue the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman will suspend. for what purpose does the the gentlewoman from tennessee ise? rs. blackburn: we'll withdraw. ms. schakowsky: a complete falsehood was just stated. planned parenthood does not sell any body parts for profit. that is a fact. so here we go again. republicans threatening to shut down the government in order to deny women access to health care. when the republicans took control of the house in 2011, the first thing they did was
nearly shut down the government over funding for planned parenthood. four years later republicans are once again seriously, seriously considering shutting down the government over the exact same thing. this time they have manufactured a witch-hunt based on heavily edited videos that were clearly intended to mislead the public and the congress. they have wasted time and resources on futile investigations that have proved absolutely no evidence of wrongdoing on behalf of planned parenthood. in contrast there is growing evidence the center for medical progress broke several laws. i recently sent a letter to the department of justice and the california attorney general asking to look into practices of this organization. my letter raises concerns about fake identification that was used to gain access to planned parenthood facilities. fraudulent tax documents filed to create a fake company,
corporate entity, and violations of california's invasion of privacy act. in response the california attorney general has initiated an investigation. there are also several legal actions pending against the center for medical progress. enough is enough. i urge my colleagues to oppose this harmful bill for women's health. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. blackburn: at this time i yield one minute to a member of the energy and commerce committee and chairman of the republican women's policy committee, mrs. ellmers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized for one minute. mrs. ellmers: thank you, madam speaker. i thank the gentlelady from tennessee for holding this important discussion today. i'd like to thank chairman upton, chairman pitts, and the full committee and staff of energy and commerce for their hard work. madam speaker, i support h.r. 3134 and i proposed an amendment to be included within
that bill which redirects $235 million to health centers across this country. madam speaker, i'm a nurse and my husband is a general surgeon. and one of the favorite places in the world is our back porch in north carolina where we sip on wine and have a wonderful time and we discuss good health care in this contry. let me tell you and the american people, planned parenthood is not good health care. you can see this chart clearly, clearly shows that the 13,000 federally qualified health care centers in this country provide comprehensive health care for women. you can see this chart is just a mere example of 17 provided basic health care services for women to planned parenthood's six. basically what you have been told, what women in this country have been told is a false choice. my i request 30 more seconds? thank you to the gentlelady.
false choice for american women from planned parenthood. that false choice says that if one planned parenthood facility is defunded, thousands of women and children who are in need will go without health care. let me tell you that false logic that basically says in dunne, north carolina, if there are 18 groceries stores, one closesis doors, thousands of families, including my own, will starve. this is absolutely untrue. and we need to support everything we can in this country for good women's health care. this chart provides the actual truth. the truth. good health care takes care of the whole woman not just parts. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. castor: madam speaker, the nonpartisan congressional budget office has established that not all services currently provided by planned parenthood could be furnished by other health clinics and medical
practitioners if planned parenthood were defunded. george washington university professor confirmed this in a column this week. the reason why is that so many of the services provided relate to gine could helogical services and personal female health care needs. at this time i had would be happy to yield a minute and a half to mr. kennedy of massachusetts. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. mr. kennedy: thank you, madam speaker. i want to thank my colleague for the recognition, my colleague from florida. madam speaker, i think it is important that we do get our facts straight. this year over two million babies will be born to women on medicaid. that is nearly half of all of the births in this country. at the same time more than half of medicaid providers in our country are not accepting new patients. that leaves hundreds of thousands of expectant mothers
without access to essential prenatal care and treatment. and that is where planned parenthood comes in. the unjust prenatal care, they provide lifesaving cancer screenings, s.t.d. tests, compassionate counseling to millions of women, men, and families who often have nowhere else to turn for their basic health care needs. 80% of the patients that planned parenthood serves have incomes at or below 150% of the poverty line. those patients are sitting inside waiting rooms at planned parenthood centers across the country at this moment facing some of the most emotional decision and challenging tests of their entire lives. the practitioners and nurse who is will treat them won't just attend to their immediate medical needs, they'll make sure that patient knows that he or she is not alone. if we pass this bill, we are turning our backs on those patients. we are telling low-income
families in every corner of this country that we count their health and happiness less. i urge my colleagues to consider those patients and the impact of this legislation. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. blackburn: thank you, madam speaker. yielding myself five seconds to respond, for 98.5% of the pregnant women who receive pregnancy related service at planned parenthood, that service was an abortion. at this time i yield one minute to a member of the energy and commerce committee, mr. cramer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north dakota is recognized for one minute. mr. cramer: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, north dakotans affirm life every day through strong stable family structures and a culture that values life and that, frankly, the values ending the circumstances that cause a woman to believe that her best option is an abortion. but we have over 70,000 square
miles and thousands of women who need health care services, but we don't have a planned parenthood clinic because north dakota women somehow don't need their business model. there are, however, compassionate providers offering more comprehensive services across my state. this map shows the localities of 71 federally qualified health centers who provide quality care to underserved and low-income women in rural and urban communities throughout my state. the patients who come through the doors of these clinics, they are treated as valued community members not as a fee for service, certainly not as a $45 specimen. this congress and its relevant committees must complete a thorough investigation of the disturbing accusations evidenced, yes evidenced in the planned parenthood videos that we have all seen. before another taxpayer dollar goes to this controversial organization. these funds can be better used providing legitimate health services for women in places like north dakota. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman's time has expired. the the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. miss katzor: madam speaker, i'm pleased to yield 1 1/2 inform minutes to ms. matsui from california. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. ms. matsui: i rise in strong opposition to this bill which should be named the defund planned parenthood act, official name, we should call it the depriving women of the health care act. this bill is just the latest political attack on millions of american women. this bill is a step backward for our nation's health care system. defunding planned parenthood would deprive american women and their families of access to preventive services like cancer screening. access to contraception, and prenatal counseling that helps women maintain healthy pregnancies. sadly i'm not surprised that my republican colleagues continue this relentless attack on the autonomy of women. we have seen it countless times before. congress telling this country
that the judgment of politicians is superior to that of american women. what does surprise me, however, is that now republicans are willing to shut down our government and put our economy at risk in order to deny women access to the health care provider of their choice. we can't allow members of congress to substitute their judgment for women's rights to make decision abouts their own body. this bill does nothing more than take away health care options for low-income women because of a difference and belief over 3% of the many vital services that planned parenthood provides. congress needs to get back to work on the real issues facing american women and their families. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. blackburn: thank you, madam speaker. at this time i yield one minute to the chairman of the pro-life caucus, mr. smith. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman from new jersey is recognized for one minute. mr. smith: undercover videos show and expose planned parenthood directors cheerfully talking about dismemberment and crushing babies to death all while altering abortion methods in a way that preserves organs and body parts for sale. watch the videos. one senior director is talking about preserving liver says they use ultrasound guidance. of course, that's so they know where the for except can go. for except are used to literally rip the child to pieces in what is called a dismemberment abortion. one technician talks about getting brain tissue and said her supervisor gave me the scissors and told me that i had to cut down the middle of the face. i can't even describe, she says, what that feels like. some of our colleagues on the other side have said there is no evidence. watch the videos. there is ample evidence. but i would suggest and i would
ask congresswoman cast trow, -- cassor, join us, on a letter, asking -- castor, join us on a letter asking the attorney general of the united states to investigate this. will you? i yield to the lady, will you? ms. castor: madam speaker, the repeated reference to these false videos is a true disservice to this congress. and the people all across america. these false claims against planned parenthood have been widely -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman would be talking on her own time. ms. castor: i thought he yielded to me. mr. smith: i asked you if you would join us in a letter in an investigation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. castor: thank you, madam speaker. again the repeated reference to this -- these false videos do a real disservice to this congress and people all across america.
the false claims against planned parenthood have been widely discredited. the videos that so many have referenced are heavily edited. they have edited content out and they have edited false images in. politicians who are latching on to the smear campaign do so to further their personal agendas at the -- to the detriment of women's health care across america. what has happened here since these videos were released in july is a coordinated smear campaign against trusted planned parenthood clinics. let me give you some direct evidence directly from my home state of florida. in july with absolutely no evidence of wrongdoing, florida republican governor rick scott ordered investigations of planned parenthood clinics. had all the trappings of a witch-hunt.
in august after the agency for health care administration had determined and written a draft press release that said however there is no evidence of the mishandling of fetal remains of any of the 16 clinics we investigated across the state, that didn't fit governor scott's political narrative. so his office scrubbed the press release of that language. . what i'm going to ask unanimous consent to submit to the record is the press release that was drafted by the agency for health care administration for florida before governor scott's office scrubbed the language on the finding. in fact, the press secretary for the agency said, i would have thought a line on no handling of fetal remains would be included. that's what questions will be on. the agency's secretary wrote back and said, she agreed. but reporters subsequently obtained the scrub press
release. apparently these had to go to the governor's office to be purified and sankified. what happened earlier this week is that the communications director for the florida agency for health care administration resigned. this is another example of the coordinated smear campaign based upon the false videos that have captured the attention. they're outrageous. but they're false. and they've been proven to be false. i'll reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the material referenced by the gentlewoman from florida will be entered into the record. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. blackburn: thank you, madam speaker. yielding myself 10 seconds to respond. we are hearing words such as deny, depriving, detriment to women's health care. we are increasing women's health care. tennessee has four planned parenthood clinics and 26 federally qualified health clinics. also, i would remind my
colleagues, the investigation is ongoing. it is ongoing. it started yesterday at energy and commerce. we will continue through this to get to the bottom of it. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. mrs. blackburn: at this time i yield one 911 the chairman of the financial services committee, mr. hensarling of texas. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for one minute. mr. hensarling: madam speaker, life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness. as a people we have no more sacred values and the right to life is foremost among these. recently shocking, appalling, horrific videos have come to light that show senior employees at planned parenthood casually discussing the harvesting and selling of organs of aborted children. in ways toality aer their procedures in order to -- to alter their procedures in order to sell fetal can daffers. the most chilling video, we see one of had these so-called in tact fetal cadavers with its heart still beating.
madam speaker, its heart was still beating. madam speaker, whether one considers themselves pro-life or pro-choice, can we not agree that the harvesting and trafficking of baby organs violates the sanctity with which every child created in the image of god is entitled to? how can a fair, civilized and compassionate society come to any other conclusion? madam speaker, today i rise to plead with my colleagues, to speak up for the voiceless and the defenseless by voting to deny planned parenthood further taxpayer subsidies for the harvesting of baby body parts. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. castor: madam speaker, i'm pleased to yield a minute and a half to mrs. capps of california. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. mrs. capps: i thank my colleague for yielding. madam speaker, i rise today in staunch opposition to this dangerous bill.
planned parenthood provides exactly the types of interventions that prevent unintended pregnancies and the needs for abortion in the first place. like birth control options. and medically accurate sexual health education. but if this bill becomes law, these important services planned parenthood brings to our communities will disappear and the health of our communities will pay the price. we keep hearing that the work of planned parenthood would be done by other health care providers. mostly community health centers. while that might sound like an easy shift, it doesn't work that way. madam speaker, i have a letter here from the california primary care association. in it they quote, they write, and i quote, eliminating planned parenthood from our state's comprehensive network of care would put untenable stress on remaining providers. we do not have the capacity for such an increase in care. this is a direct quote from the health centers that the majority expects to pick up the slack if planned parenthood is defunded. it would be untenable. supporters of this bill are
willfully putting their head in the sand. they think it's no big deal to shut down hundreds of clinics, offering essential services that are not available anywhere else. they think it's worth shutting down the government to achieve this goal. this political theater has to stop. we need to trust women and their health care providers to make their own medical decisions. it's not the government's business. i strongly urge a no vote on this dangerous bill, ask unanimous consent to enter the letter from the california primary care association into the record. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman's request for inserted material will be honored. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. blackburn: thank you, madam speaker. at this time i yield one minute to mr. boustany who chairs the human resources subcommittee at ways and means. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from louisiana is recognized for one minute. mr. boustany: thank you, madam speaker. as a newly minted physician fresh out of medical school, i took an oath to protect life.
as a cardiovascular surgeon i worked day and night performing thousands of cardiovascular operations on premature infanlts all the way up to elderly. and now in congress i intend to uphold that oath of -- that i took to save life. the practices we have seen described recently released in the undercover videos of top planned parenthood executives detailing the methods they employ to harvest tissue and organs during abortions performed at these clinics is nothing short of atrocious. after the release of the first video in july, i joined my pro-life colleagues to call immediately for a thorough investigation into this activity. now these investigations are under way. the american people deserve, they need to know the truth. and while these investigations are ongoing, it's important that we take action to prevent taxpayer dollars from going to this type of activity. i have long supported
legislation to end funding for planned parenthood and am proud to be an original co-sponsor of this bill. it's a very important bill. i urge my colleagues, defend the culture of life in this country and let's vote in favor of this bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. castor: i'm pleased to yield 1 1/2 minutes to ms. speier of california. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. ms. speier: i thank the speaker and my good friend from florida for yielding me time. lanned parenthood provides 865,000 pap smears and breast exams a year. that is more than the entire population of states like wyoming, south dakota, north dakota. i want to introduce you, members on the other side of e aisle, to colleen from albany, new york. 27 years old.
i want you to look into her eyes and i want you to tell me that you'd rather see her dead. because she went to planned parenthood because she was in between jobs and sought health care. she received a breast cancer exam at planned parenthood, she had stage two breast cancer and she is alive today because it was identified at a planned parenthood clinic and they operated and she is healthy. she's not the only one. women e 86,000 men and who seek services at planned parenthood every year for breast cancer or for pap smears , for cervical cancer, who are identified as having a positive test result. as a result they get care.
86,000. so what you're saying is, it's ok for 86,000 people to die because that's how they were accessing their health care. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. blackburn: thank you. i yield myself 10 seconds to respond to some of the comments and reminding my colleagues, this investigation that we're conducting is ongoing. cancer screenings and prevention services have been cut in half at planned parenthood over the past seven years. they do not perform mammograms, they outsource it. they perform over 300,000 abortions annually. that is their own numbers. 98.5% of the pregnant women who go there go for an abortion. at this time i yield one minute to the chairman of the health subcommittee, mr. pitts. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for one minute. mr. pitts: thank you, madam speaker. this morning we're debating actually two bills. one is the delay of funds to
planned parenthood until the investigation's over and redistributing that money to the rural and federally qualified community health clinics of which there are over 13,000. only 665 planned parenthood clinics. and they only do women's health like mammograms, as we have heard, and other issues. not just refer. so, i would urge support for that. and the other one, which is sometimes infants are born alive after an abortion. we had two witnesses last week before the judiciary committee who were survivers. one of them said she was in contact with 203 other abortion survivors. and all we're doing is putting enforcement language, some penalties, in there because born alive is the law. but it's not enforced. and this would permit that to be enforced. finally, with pope francis coming next week, he said this, the defense of the unborn life is closely linked to the defense of each and every other human right it.
involves the conviction that a human being is always sacred and in invaluable, in any situation, every stage of development. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. castor: thank you, madam speaker. while the investigation may be ongoing, there have been no cases of born alive. the one case from some time ago, a doctor's in prison for that. this simply is not accurate. what we know from ongoing investigations here currently is there has been no substantiated allegation against planned parenthood. but what we have seen is this center for american progress that posted these youtube videos, they have made a number of misrepations that may have -- and may have broken several federal and state laws, including violating federal tax laws, violating criminal laws, violating the invasion of privacy act out of california, violating california's penal code by making false charitable
solicitations. and now we've heard that the for neys for the director, c.m.p., his attorneys have advised a federal district court that he intends to invoke his fifth amendment in the investigation of him for his violation of federal and state laws. at this time i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentlewoman from florida. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida is recognized for one minute. ms. wasserman schultz: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today in strong opposition to the defund planned parenthood act of 2015. this bill is possibly the most dangerous bill for women's health to come to the house floor this congress. state and federal investigations of planned parenthood have produced no evidence of violations of laws or medical standards and independent auditors confirm the videos referenced were heavily altered. what really happens in planned parenthood clinics every year is this. 2.7 million americans receive critical health services. 7% of which live below the poverty -- 78% of which live
below the poverty level. doctors deliver 400,000 pap smear exams and women receive nearly half a million breast exams, including screenings to 88,000 women whose cancer was detected early. this legislation threatens those services and the health of patients, including 7,000 women in my district annually who rely on planned parenthood for health care. as a woman, mother and breast cancer survivor, i refuse to take that threat lying down. republicans' own investigations turned up nothing. yet some of their members are willing to risk women's lives just to score political points. enough is enough. i urge all members who truly value women's health to vote against this outrageous witch hunt. thank you. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. blackburn: i yield one minute to mr. bam lorn -- to mr. lamborn. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from colorado is recognized for one minute. mr. lamborn: i thank the gentlelady for yielding. madam speaker, i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting h.r. 3134, the defund planned parenthood act of 2015.
recent videos released by brave whistleblowers have definitively shown that it's well past time to defund planned parenthood. for far too long and to the tune of one half a billion dollars a year, taxpayers have been forced to subsidize planned parenthood's abortion on demand. and thanks to these unsettling revelations, we now know that taxpayers have also been subsidizing the trafficking of aborted baby body parts. this is not health care, madam speaker. there are over 13,000 publicly supported health centers in our country that do provide excellent women's health care. in my home state of colorado, there are 240 such health care alternatives versus 21 planned parenthood locations. this important legislation will not remove funds from women's health care, but shift it to responsible providers. taxpayers won't have to fund planned parenthood's deplorable barbarism. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and i yield back the
balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. castor: madam speaker, i'm pleased to yield one minute to mr. van hollen of maryland. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized for one minute. mr. van hollen: thank you, madam speaker. and i thank my colleague. this legislation is the latest attempt to take essential health care services away from women. . our republican colleagues know that none of the planned parenthood federal fund are used for abortion. they know that there is no evidence that planned parenthood has violated any federal laws. they know that 90% of planned parenthood services go to essential cancer screenings, family planning counseling, pregnancy tests, contraceptive care, and other things. this bill will deny women those services. when this bill fails in the senate, our republican colleagues are apparently prepared to shut down the government in order to shut down those women's health services. mr. speaker, a republican -- our republican colleagues are entitled to their views but they should not harm our economy, they should not harm
america's women, they should not shut down the government to try to impose their views on the country. thank you, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yield back. the the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. blackburn: yielding myself 10 seconds to respond. madam speaker, they sure want that government shut down and i do want to remind them that we have over 13,000 community health centers in the contriment planned parenthood has cut -- country. planned parenthood has cut their cancer screening service in half in the past several years, they do not perform mammograms. they do over 300,000 abortions. at this time i yield one minute to dr. roe, who is a member of our tennessee delegation. -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized for one minute. mr. roe: i rise today in support of h.r. 3134, the defund planned parenthood act of 2015. as an ob-gyn physician who has delivered close to 5,000
babies, i was sickened and disturbed by the release of several videos showing planned parenthood executives carbleually discussing the dismemberment of babies to sell body parts. madam speaker, this bill isn't about whether you are pro-life or pro-choice, though i'm proud to say i will always be a defender of the right to life, this is about the gruesome practices of an organization that receives over $500 million a year from the federal government. as legislators, we carry the responsibility and privilege to protect those who do not have a voice and to ensure that tax dollars are supporting organizations that truly provide health care for women. i have seen the videos and i can tell you that is not health care. i have spent my entire life caring for patients and it's important to knows that there are alternatives for women to receive care besides planned parenthood. i strongly support withholding tax dollars from planned parenthood until congressional investigators have had a chance to review the matter. i'm proud to encourage my
colleagues to support this important bill. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. castor: may i please inquire how much time is left on each side? the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida has 8 1/2 minutes. and the the gentlewoman from tennessee has 11 1/4. ms. castor: thank you, madam speaker. before i yield a minute to mr. payne of new jersey, i again the videos keep being referenced here on the floor. i want members to understand anti-merm public to understand that the first short videos released on youtube have 40 separate slices and edits that remove crucial context. they remove exyou will pa torrey statements like nobody should be selling tissue. that's not the goal here. and this is not a service they should be making money from. it's something they should be able to offer to their patients in a way that doesn't impact them. or we are not looking to make money in this. our goal is to keep access
available. one of the videos there are at least 16 substantial unexplained edits, including the removal of nine instances where planned parenthood staff said there is no profit related to tissue donation. doesn't it seem misleading and fundamentally dishonest to remove statements like that and then base a smear campaign and bring it to the floor of the united states congress for policymaking? i think so. that's why these videos have been denounced across the country by inpent editorial writers. they have called them distorted and unfair. dishonest. grossly misleading, and politically irresponsible and swift voting. at this time i'm pleased to yield a minute to my friend, mr. payne of new jersey. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized for one minute. mr. payne: i'd like to thank the gentlelady from florida for allowing me this opportunity. madam speaker, i rise today in strong opposition to h.r. 3134, the defund planned parenthood act. there is nothing thoughtful about this legislation.
this is a shameful and shocking sham. this has always been about republicans wanting to restrict the right of women to make their own health decisions. t me say, these doctored videos on youtube, my children watch youtube. and you can see whatever you want on youtube. can you see a man punt a basket through a basket from 500 feet. you can see whatever you want. i'm not surprised that these doctored videos are on youtube. mammograms, you know, are done in imaging centers so no health certainty does an actual mammogram. so let's stop trying to mislead the american people with this sham. if you like youtube so much and that's where you're going to get your information, i have
another video you can watch right now on youtube. it's called dumb and dumber. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. blackburn: thank you so much, madam speaker. at this time i am going to yield one minute to mr. walberg. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan is recognized for one minute. mr. walberg: i thank the gentlelady. madam speaker, it's been said that men are so blind that they will not see. and so i rise today on behalf of the unborn babies who can't stand up for themselves. many of my colleagues have already described the horrifying videos that shock the conscience and have sparked several congressional investigations. no matter what party you belong to, we should all agree that taxpayer dollars should not be used for harvesting baby parts for profit. but the debate today is about
more than these barbaric practices. it's about the very character of our nation. will we turn a blind eye to this callous disregard for human life? is this the country we want to be? two weeks ago today my newest granddaughter, naomi, was born. after emergency c-section from a doctor who understood the need for life for both the mother anti-child. holding her in my arms was a vivid reminder that all life is sacred and every child deserves dignity, respect, and a chance for a full life. america was founded on the values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. and, madam speaker, it all begins with life. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. castor: madam speaker, i yield one minute to ms. lee of california. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california is recognized for one minute.
ms. lee: thank you, madam speaker. i want to thank representative castor for yielding and for her tremendous leadership. i rise in strong opposition to h.r. 3134, which is nothing more than yet another ideological attack on women's health care. it would defund planned parenthood for a year, leaving millions of women across the country without access to critical health care services. planned parenthood septemberers often serve as a primary care health facility for women seeking birth control, cancer, and s.t.d. screenings and other preventive care. in 2013 alone planned parenthood provided health care services to more than 800,000 californians and provided more than 93,000 pap tests and 97,000 breast exams. denying access to these health care services such as planned parenthood provides, it will harm those who most need these services the most. including low-income women and women of color. this bill is shameful, it's disrespectful, it's wrong. politicians shouldn't be
interfering any way in a woman's personal health care decision. it's past time republicans stop their war on women and stop these ideological attacks and stop using women's health care to divert attention from a looming government shut down because the republicans refuse to pass -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman's time has expired. the the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. blackburn: thank you so much, madam speaker. i'm yielding myself 20 seconds to respond to something. our colleagues across the aisle have a colleague from new jersey who previously spoke and i want to reference a press release that was sent out august 15 from his office on community health centers. community health centers attend to hard to reach populations and are a vital resource that have a significant impact in improving health in new jersey. talking about reaching hard to serve populations. this is what we are doing.
let's put the money where it meets the most needs. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. mrs. blackburn: at this time i want to yield one minute to mr. duffy, who is the author of h.r. 3495, the women's public health and safety act, and commend him for his commitment in those efforts. i yield to mr. duffy, one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from wisconsin is recognized for one minute. mr. duffy: thank you, madam speaker. it's a boy. or it's a girl. any parent knows that phrase and it's one of the most memorable moments that they will ever have in their lives. recently we heard that same phrase but it was said by an abortion provider at planned parenthood. and it was as that provider, we'll use that term loosely, was serveoning the little bodies parts of a baby taking hearts and lungs for sale but noticed it's a boy. what a proversion. what a proversion of who we are as a people. i think calls into question
this debate, this is not a debate about women's health. we are providing the same mount of money for women's health to great clinics that provide great care. it's about planned parenthood. why is it about planned parenthood? if you watch this debate you have to ask, how could anybody defend the practices at planned parenthood? harvesting body parts. how could anyone defend that? easy answer, look at political season. millions of dollars, millions of dollars are spent by planned parenthood to elect democrats to the house of representatives and to the senate. this isn't about babies, this is about money. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. castor: madam speaker, i'm pleased to yield one minute to ms.delbeney of washington. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from washington is recognized for one minute. ms.delbene: thank you, madam speaker. this feels like deja vu. once again the house is
ignoring the challenges facing our nation in order to attack women's health. already this year the house has voted to restrict reproductive health care in private insurance. enact a sweeping 20-week abortion band, and allow employers to discriminate against their workers for using birth control. now with just five legislative days before a shut down, we are wasting our time on a bill the president has said he'll veto. it's past time for congress to stop focusing on ideology and start focusing on the facts. and the fact is defunding planned parenthood would have a devastating effect on women's access to health care. that care includes cancer screenings, immunizations, and birth control. and as my colleagues are well aware, current law already prevents federal funding for abortion services. it's shameful that the house is allowing the reckless actions of a few extremists to jeopardize the critical safety net provided by planned parenthood. we can't let that happen. i urge my colleagues to vote no
and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. blackburn: thank you, madam speaker. i yield one minute to mr. gibbs. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized for one minute. mr. gibbs: thank you for yielding. we have seen in the videos released this summer the horrific practices of harvesting the body parts of aborted children for profit. we have also known that planned parenthood provides abortion procedures and the prolife moment for years worked very hard to ensure that no taxpayer dollars would be used to fund the procedure of abortion. planned parenthood is not about women's health care. we know this because not one clinic performs mammograms. but the despicable actions uncovered in these videos show the true nature of planned parenthood. it shows their complete disregard for life. how carelessly they treat our most vulnerable and innocent with respect. we cannot give taxpayer dollars to an organization that profits from the sale of organs from aborted children. planned parenthood officials
have been caught haggling over the price of body parts and been recorded on cameras fearing the consequences if their actions were revealed to the world. we have two house committee investigation who is have an obligation to spend federal funding -- suspend federal funding to planned parenthood. now it's the time for all americans to reflect on the fragile nature of life and how we treat the unborn. i want to thank congresswoman black for leading this effort. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from florida. ms. castor: i roff. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida reserves. the gentlewoman fromtown tfpblet mrs. blackburn: i ask for time remaining. the speaker pro tempore: the the gentlewoman from florida has 4 1/2 minutes remaining. the and the gentlewoman from tennessee has eight minutes remaining. mrs. blackburn: at this time i he yield one minute to mr. deli -- kelly. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for maint. mr. kelly: i stand before you as a fell human being.
i wonder how did we get to this point? how did we somehow compromise in our mind what it is we are talking about today and i want to you disconnect from any organization orer agency and concentrating on the act of what is taking place. . this is not a blob of tissue. this is one of america's sons or daughters waiting to be born. they're taken from their mother's womb, the safety of their mother's womb, and they're taken out very carefully so they can harvest certain body parts. hearts, lungs, heads. you can sit here and try to make it something about an agency and turn a blind eye to the act that's taking place in a country that will go to any lengths to protect life, in a people that believes in the sanctity of life from its very conception to its natural death , and somehow harvesting the parts from these little baby boys and girls has become a
political issue? this is an issue human being to human being. this is an issue of conscience and conviction. please do not make it a political battle. this is about our sons and daughters. this is about a horrific act that is repulsive and repugnant and has no place in america and america's taxpayers refuse to pay for that type of an act. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. kell kell wake up -- mr. kelly: wake up. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. the gentlewoman from florida reserves. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. blackburn: thank you, madam speaker. i yield mr. davis one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois is recognized for one minute. mr. davis: thank you, my colleague, mrs. blackburn, and thank you to the many colleagues who stood here and stand with me to rise in support of ensuring that hard-earned taxpayer dollars do not go to private entities that are trafficking in fetal baby parts.
we have to put a stop to this heinous practice, we have to ensure that this problem is investigated. we have to ensure that the federal government is not condoning these actions. i believe that we need to sure that planned parenthood understands that the money that they have access to from the federal treasury, it's not mandatory that that money is given to that agency. we need to ensure that women's health is a priority, but let's put the tax dollars into the agencies and the community health sents that are are providing access -- centers that are providing access to women's health care every day throughout this great nation. we can do that. let's stand together. let's ban this heinous practice and let's make sure we move forward. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. castor: i yield one minute to ms. frankel of florida. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida is recognized for one minute.
ms. frankel: thank you, madam speaker. thank you, representative castor. madam speaker, i rise in opposition to the defund planned parenthood act. i want to say this as respectfully as possible. but this bill is dumb, it's foolish and it's mean-spirited. with only one purpose. and that is to punish one of our country's premier health organizations because it provides women access to an array of services that we need to lead healthy lives. the bill is based upon lies and exaggerations. now, if you want to have a truthful debate, then let's talk about the 400,000 pap smears, the 500,000 breast exams, the 4 1/2 million s.t.d. and h.i.v. tests that planned parenthood does each year.
now, that's saving lives and that's the truth. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. blackburn: thank you, madam speaker. at this time i yield mr. pittinger one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized for one minute. mr. pittenger: thank you, madam speaker. many years ago i was in london with my family at the british museum and watched a little movie about the development and growth of a baby inside a mother's womb. the video was all about life, tracking the baby's development week by week. recently we've all watched videos where planned parenthood executives candidly talked about death. how can anyone defend the sale of a little baby's body parts? why should federal employers -- taxpayers support organizations that rob little ones of their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? planned parenthood has betrayed
the rights and life of america's most defenseless. today i'm asking that you join me in supporting the defund planned parenthood act of 2015, which effectively halts federal funding of planned parenthood for one year or until they can certify their affiliates and clinics are not and will not perform abortions. thank you to congresswoman diane blackburn for her leadership on this issue. the character of our nation is at stake. we must restore the value and sanctity of every life and fight back against those unfathomable acts. life is precious, let's cherish each and every one. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. castor: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida reserves. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. blackburn: i yield to mr. rothfus 30 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. rothfus: thank you, madam speaker. what we've learned about planned parenthood through these videos is appalling,
barbaric and indefensible. we've been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, so i'm not going to crush that part. using a less crunchy technique to get more whole specimens. we're going to procure brains, what do you is you go through the face. and when diss can -- and when discussing the sale of body parts, a planned parenthood official asked, why don't you start by telling me what you're used to paying? madam speaker, our nation is so much better than this. the cold indifference shown in these videos is the inevitable result for an organization that does hundreds of thousands of abortions every year. federally funded clinics that serve women's health and do not perform abortions outnumber planned parenthood clinics by 20-1. let's send the funds to those clinics. i urge my colleagues to support this legislation and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. castor: pleased to yield one minute to mr. farr of california. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. mr. farr: thank you very much
for yielding. i don't think anybody on your side's read the bill. it doesn't do anything that you've talked about. doesn't stop abortions. doesn't stop any of those other issues that are already illegal. it does one thing. it shuts down planned parenthood clinics. i represent the largest affiliate of planned parenthood in the united states. and guess what? 22% of the patients in that are men. so you're going to deny access not only to women, but to men. you say, oh, we'll shift the money somewhere else. there is nowhere else. these are the only clinics around in many of the communities. so what you're doing is taking this angry white man's caucus on the republican side that have been for years trying to use this as a political issue, using a bill that says you're going to do all these things and it only does one thing it. penalizes planned parenthood -- thing. it penalizes planned parenthood. it penalizes us all. it's about access to health care. and particularly access to health care for women. stop beating up on women.
stop trying to make these a political issue. the reason we haven't been able to legislate against abortion is because you can't find a law that you can enforce it. this is really a moral issue and a medical issue that ought to be discussed with women and their doctors and congress members ought to stay out of this. we haven't been successful in solving these problems and this just only hurts people. and particularly people in rural areas because the majority of planned parenthood clinics are in rural areas. stop being so mean. solve problems, not create them. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to address their remarks to the chair and not to other members. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. blackburn: thank you, madam speaker. 15 seconds to respond. i would encourage all members to read the bill. it's very short. it's about three pages. and what it will do is to freeze this funding for a year. so we can do the investigation. and sends it to some of the 13,000 community health sents
country -- in the sents that are are in the country. we've got -- centers that are in the country. we've got a press release from one of those health centers. at this time i yield 30 seconds to mr.al an. the speaker pro tempore: the entleman from georgia -- -- to mr.al an. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman -- mr. allen. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized. buck allen this should spur deep concern -- mr. allen: this should spur deep concern in every american. i asked the secretary whether the department of health and human services would probe into these ases -- allegations but she radio radio -- refused. we have a moral responsibility to act to investigate this organization's action and hold them accountable. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. castor: madam speaker, can i inquire how much time is left and how many speakers are left
on the majority side? the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida has 2 1/2 minutes remaining. the gentlewoman from tennessee has 3 3/4 minutes remaining. and the gentlewoman from tennessee will have to answer how many speakers they have. mrs. blackburn: thank you, madam speaker. i have two speakers remaining and then i will close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. blackburn: at this time i ield 30 seconds to mr. hice. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. hice: madam speaker, i thank you for this opportunity to support this. the recent allegations and videos that have come forth have literally shocked the world by showcasing the morally bankrupt practices of planned parenthood. i'm honored to stand with my colleagues to try to prevent tax dollars from going to this organization that has now stooped to the practice of trafficking innocent baby parts , they say for the purpose of advancing medical research.
but we all know that it really -- there's no excuse that can possibly be given to provide for the moral bankruptcy of planned parenthood. it's time to defund this while the investigation occurs. the blood and body parts of children should be looked at as a sanctity entity rather than an industry with that i yield back. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. castor: i yield one minute to ms. pingree of maine. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from maine is recognized for one minute. ms. pingree: thank you very much. i thank my friend for yielding and for her excellent remarks on the floor this morning. madam speaker, defunding planned parenthood would have a real profound negative impact on the 10,000 people in maine who get health care from planned parenthood every year. many of whom have no other access to a care. planned parenthood provides basic health care like cancer screenings, vaccinations, wellness exams and s.t.d.
testing. basic care that will mean the difference between health and sickness, prosperity and poverty, or even life and death for women in my state. let's be clear. who is really behind the attempts to defund planned parenthood? radical anti-abortion groups who want to shut down planned parenthood and deny women access to safe and legal abortions. these are groups who want to deny women the right to make a private, personal medical decision. and in the process they want to take away the access to birth control, family planning services and even basic health care. and they have orchestrated a false, misleading smear campaign to try to accomplish their goal. a campaign we've heard a lot about today on the floor of the house of representatives. i urge my colleagues to vote no and to stand up for women's rights to make their own decisions about health care and protect their access to basic medical services. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. blackburn: thank you, madam speaker. i yield 30 seconds to mr.
farenthold. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. farenthold: thank you, madam speaker. during the recent presidential debates, carly fiorina dared president obama and hillary clinton to watch these appalling videos. i realize we only have a few minutes left before votes on this. but i want to dare members on the other side to watch these videos too. there are computers in the cloakroom where they can watch them. if they want to send one taxpayer dime to planned parenthood after watching it, shame on them. there are much better places to send it, like these community health centers, created under president obama's bill. there are lots of places women can go for health care, not just planned parenthood. go watch the videos. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. castor: pleased to yield 30 seconds to mr. blumenauer of oregon. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. blumenauer: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my
remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. blumenauer: it's bizarre to watch the manufactured controversy surrounding ambush-type, heavily edited filming using to discredit planned parenthood. these attacks do not reflect my experience and knowledge of the amazing dedicated civic-minded men and women, pillars of our community, who built, supported and led planned parenthood in my community. there's no question, because of their efforts, tens of thousands of abortions never occurred. because of their efforts, 70,000 women last year received services. people who know their community's planned parenthood leadership understand that this heated rhetoric, outrageous claims and attack against service to low income women is not just false, it's wrong. the speaker pro tempore: the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. blackburn: i reserve.
the speaker pro tempore: the entlewoman reserves. the gentlewoman from florida as one minute remaining. and the gentlewoman from tennessee has 2 3/4 minutes remaining. mrs. blackburn: ok. at this time i yield 30 seconds to the gentleman from ohio. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 30 seconds. >> thank you. i'm very familiar with fqhc's. i might say they provide ervices, expansive services to men, and children. my wife and i are currently in the process of adoption. mr. wenstrup: it sickens me that we could take them, love them and nurture them into a wonderful life. i don't know how people look themselves in the mirror and think this is ok. and i yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. castor: madam speaker, the republican congress has fundamentally failed to fulfill its basic responsibility to work out an appropriations plan that will keep this government open. this bill, to inflame the passions that is based on false videos, distorted clips that was part of a coordinated smear campaign all across the country is being used as a foundation to close the government. i hope it doesn't happen. but it appears that the dysfunction in the republican congress is going to lead us down that path. at the expense of women's health care, their basic fundamental services all across this country. last spring we asked the republicans in congress, sit down, hammer out an appropriations plan. they refused. they adjourned at the end of july. nothing happened in august. nothing has happened here in ptember except for these
inflammatory bills based on false youtube videos. this congress' inability to govern is having real affects on hardworking -- real effects on hardworking women. this is an attack on american women to receive the health care they need. i urge a no vote and i urge my republican colleagues to keep the government opened for the hardworking americans. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. the gentlewoman has 2 1/4 minutes remaining. mrs. blackburn: thank you, madam speaker. i'm going to yield 30 seconds to the gentleman from texas. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. poe: madam speaker, where have we gone? where is the moral compass of the united states? do we want to continue the of e of taking body parts
babies and selling them on the open market and protecting that enterprise, or do we want to back up and say, if that's occurring, we're not funding it? and all this legislation does is say, wait a minute. if that's occurring in america, we are not going to tolerate it. until we find out, no more money and it should go to other agencies that don't harvest the body parts of babies. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. blackburn: thank you, madam speaker. and at this time i am going to close and kind of draw to an end this debate. i do want to remind all my colleagues, we're not discussing government shutdown. what we're talking about is a bill that would withhold funds from planned parenthood for a period of a year while we have an investigation. now, i know they called this a smear campaign. we are investigating the
operations of planned parenthood. why are we doing this? planned parenthood is big abortion in this country. 300,000 abortions a year as opposed to 1,800 adoption services. 98 1/2% of all women who go there for a prenatal service, it is an abortion. think about that. 98.5%. there is reason to review how they use taxpayer funding, and we are justified in withholding taxpayer funds until we finish that. now, our colleagues have chosen to say we are radical, dumb, shameful, disrespectful, foolish, extremist, deniers, deprivers, mean-spirited and beating up on women. think about that. l because we stand for life, for liberty. we stand for life rights, a
first right and these are the names. these are the names you attach to people who defend those rights. you know, saturday i went to a baby shower and an excited grandmother said, meet my granddaughter. it was an ultrasound, a 3-d ultrasound. her name is jessica. that is a baby with a life. and planned parenthood is aborting 300,000 of those lives each year. it is time for taxpayer money to be withheld. i support the bill. i yield back the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. all time for debate has expired. pursuant to house resolution
421, the previous question is ordered on the bill, as amended. the question is on engrossment and third reading of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. third reading. the clerk: a bill to provide for a moratorium on federal funding to planned parenthood federation of america, ncorporated. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from connecticut seek recognition? is the gentlewoman opposed to the bill? ms. esty: i am. the clerk: ms. esty of connecticut moves to recommit the bill h.r. 3134 to the committee on energy and commerce with instructions to report the same back to the house for thewith with the
following amendment. mrs. blackburn: madam speaker, i reserve the right to object. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentlewoman reserve a point of order? mrs. blackburn: yes, ma'am, i reserve a point of order. the clerk: at the end of the bill add the following, section 6, no impact on funding for organizations providing women's health services, notwithstanding section 3, nothing in this act shall impact the amount of funding available for any organization that provides women's health services such as preventive care and cancer screenings. an appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2016, including any continuing resolution. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from connecticut is recognized for five minutes in support of her motion. ms. esty: thank you, madam speaker. this is the final amendment to the bill which will not stop the bill or send it back to committee. if adopted, this bill will immediately proceed to final passage, as amended.
i rise today as a mother, as a woman and as a representative to offer this straightforward amendment to protect women's access to vital health care. contrary to what many americans have been led to believe, the bill before us today is not about abortion. this bill would, however, restrict women's access to health care all across the country by entirely eliminating all federal funding for planned parenthood. let's be very clear. no federal tax dollars go towards abortion, and none have since 1976. that is not what this bill is about. we all know a woman who has been diagnosed with cancer, cervical cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer. it may be your mother, your neighbor, your wife who sought
preventive care or screening from a doctor of her choice. and we know a woman who received quality medical care at planned parenthood. in fact, one in five american women have sought medical care from planned parenthood. it may be your daughter, it may be your boss, it may be your colleague. my amendment will ensure that any qualified organization that provides women health services can receive funding. it's simple and it's fair. we need more access to quality health care, not less. we need to stop trying to restrict access to life-saving cancer screenings, birth control and well-woman exams. we need to stop fighting 40-year-old battles on women's rights. defunding planned parenthood would have a devastating impact on women, especially low-income women, women in rural
communities and women of color. and it's not only women who receive health care at planned parenthood. men receive health care at planned parenthood too. here are some facts about planned parenthood's critical role in providing health services to americans every year. planned parenthood provides family planning, counseling and contraceptive care to 2.1 million americans. more than 1.1 million pregnancy tests, nearly 400,000 pap smear tests, nearly 500,000 life-saving breast exams. and let's remember that in many areas, planned parenthood is the only source of family planning services. that's why in 1976 as a college freshman i volunteered for planned parenthood because i had seen the impact on young women in my rural high school who had no access to family
planning services. too many got pregnant, dropped out of school and never pursued their dreams. today with only five legislative days left, we should be focusing on avoiding a reckless and unnecessary government shutdown. do you remember the last government shutdown, the one that cost us $24 billion? no wonder some don't think america is great right now. dysfunction in this congress is undermining the american people's faith in democracy, but we in congress have the power to act. we have the opportunity and we ve the duty to set aside ideological battles, instead take up the urgent business of the american people. we should authorize the export-import bank and pass a long-term well-funded highway trust fund bill, investing in america's infrastructure to
ensure america will continue to be great throughout the 21st century. i urge my colleagues to support my amendment, to ensure that american women have access to vital health care no matter where they live and no matter how much they earn. thank you and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. blackburn: thank you, madam speaker. i withdraw my point of order and i claim the time in pposition to their motion. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. blackburn: thank you, madam speaker. we all know that planned parenthood receives hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars. and for them to get that money while they are under investigation for profiting off the sale of body parts, baby body parts, is absolutely abhorrent. what this bill does is to put a one-year moratorium while we conduct the investigation. let's be real clear about that.
a one-year moratorium while we do our due diligence. that's what you call smart business. doing your due diligence. being a steward of the taxpayers' money. now, i have founded so interesting that they continue to say this will cut access to women's health care. no, it will not. do you know planned parenthood sees less than 2% of all american women in a given year? there is an amendment on this legislation by mrs. ellmers. it redirects $235 million to the fqhc's, the federally qualified health centers. it will increase access because e have more of those centers in more underserved areas, and they are required to provide services which include doing nostic lab and radiological services. planned parenthood has cut those screenings and cancer
screenings and those services in half over the last few years while they have increased their abortions to 300,000 a year. we are right in restricting these funds to planned parenthood while we conduct this investigation. we are right to be a steward of the taxpayer money, and at this time, madam speaker, i am going to yield back my time and urge a no on the recommit and a yes
>> on the next "washington journal," they will talk about the removal of john boehner from his position as house speaker and the possibility of a government shutdown. later, issues important to black women in campaign 2016 melanie campbell of the black women's roundtable public policy network and editor in chief of "essence" will join us. " welcomesn journal your comments on facebook and twitter. presidential candidate donald trump in the upcoming visit of pope francis led by white house
spokesman josh earnest. this is one hour and 50 minutes. >> tgif. this is the fourth of four consecutive briefings. i hope it goes well. i have the week ahead. i hope -- i will be happy to get right to it. let me do a short announcement and then i will take at least a couple of questions. on december 17, president obama announced historic changes to our cuba policy, beginning the process of normalizing relations between our countries. the embargo remains in effect. the administration has published regulatory changes to existing cuba sanctions.
today, the departments of treasury and commerce took additional steps to implement the president's new policy direction, announcing additional revisions to cuban sanctions that will further advance our goal of empowering the cuban people. the united states remains committed to our enduring objective of promoting a more prosperous cuba and protecting we will allow the united states to continue to advance our interests and improve the lives of ordinary cubans. it the fundamental human rights of all its people. we believe the changes made today will allow the united states to maintain our interest in improving the lives of ordinary cubans. for more details, i refer you to the department of treasury and commerce respectively. it is an important advancement in the policy changes the president announced last year. without out of the way, clash -- darlene, let's go to your questions.
darling: do you know why the administration thinks it was the right time for you to do it you are doing in terms of traveling [indiscernible] ? mr. ernest: this is part of the policy the president in visioned and kicked off in december of last year. for more than five decades, the united states has pursued a policy of isolation against cuba, and the thinking behind the implementation and strict enforcement of the policy is that by isolating cuba, we could compel them to change their habits when it comes to the governments respect for basic human rights. and for more than five decades, the cuban government essentially ignored the policy of the united states, freely engaged with a variety of other countries
around the hemisphere and around the world, and our efforts didn't have -- didn't yield the kind of results we were looking for. after more than five decades of that policy, the president determines that it would be more effective for the united states to begin engaging not just the cuban government, but also the cuban people. the goal of some of these policy changes is to deepen our engagement with the cuban people. i will cite just one example. you can get more detail from the treasury department. some of the policy changes enacted today relate to telecommunications and internet-based services, ensuring that the cuban people have greater access to information. that's one way we can give them greater opportunity and certainly more exposure to the kinds of values that we prioritize in this country. we believe that would be in the best interest of our goal of empowering the people. darlene: what steps has cuba taken or told you it will take as part of normalizing relations between the countries?
it seems like the u.s. [indiscernible] mr. earnest: obviously, the business community in the united states is strongly supportive of some of the steps announced by the administration, including regulatory changes. so, while our principal goal is empowering the cuban people, there is an intended benefit for the american people as well. it advances our interest in the hemisphere, and it certainly opens up business opportunities for american businesses interested in capitalizing on the markets that existing cuba. there is also the potential that some of these changes would ease travel restrictions and make it easier for individuals to travel to cuba. the embargo has not changed. we still want congress to take action to remove the embargo but
, these regulatory changes would enhance people to people exchanges between the united states and cuba. we believe that is good for the cuban people, but there are benefits for americans as well. again, that's a policy that would not have been possible if we had continue to it here to a failed policy of isolation that did not advance our interests or yield the changes on the island of cuba that we would like to see. >> by now you have probably seen on television donald trump in new hampshire yesterday and the question about the president being a muslim american. are you surprised that issue is still out there in the world and coming up? after the president tried to put it to rest two years ago. mr. earnest: it's funny the way you phrased the question. i had the opportunity to think through what my answer might be to this type of question. [laughter]
my first observation is, is anyone really surprised that this happened at a donald trump rally? i don't think anyone who has been paying attention to republican politics isn't also surprised. the reason for that is that the people who hold these offensive views are part of mr. trump's base, and mr. trump will be the first to tell you that he has the biggest base of any republican politician these days. now, it is too bad that he was not able to summon the same kind of patriotism that we saw from senator mccain, who responded much more effectively and directly when one of his supporters at one of his campaign events about seven years ago raised the same kind of false claims. now, what is also unfortunate is that mr. trump is not the first republican politician to countenance these kinds of views