tv U.S. House Passes Abortion Funding Ban CSPAN January 24, 2017 12:00pm-2:01pm EST
th hlethofrees, wit t tfeja17, having been sworn in as california's attorney general, i will resign from my office as the representative of the 34th congressional district of california and u.s. house of representatives. there has been a distinct honor to serve the people of los angeles and my country and congress. i'm grateful for their support over the two decades. i leave my work in congress with mixed emotions, the peoples' house has been home to some of america's greatest patience and had a chance as we say in spanish to build a better america. and service to my country, i will always look for the best way to make the biggest difference working as attorney general on behalf of more than 39 million americans in
california. the sixth most vibrant economy in the world will give me the chance to share with values and opportunities that have made california so great. i submit my resignation from the house of representatives and i look forward to working with my colleagues in the future. signed mr. be ceasera, member of congress. the speaker: under clause 5-d rule 20 in light of the resignation of the the gentleman from california, mr. becerra, the whole number of the house is 433. the chair will entertain up to 15 requests for one minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition?
>> inauguration weekend. on the way back to their hotel on saturday night, a group of protestors threw project aisles through the windows and painted the bus. imagine that, a group of history students coming 13 hours across this great nation and wanting to participate in the peaceful transfer of power only to be intimidated. free speech is essential to our democracy. however, acts of violence and intimidation have no place. now, and now is the time, now is the time that both parties move to get past this political division that is going through this country. thanks. and with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. .
the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. defazio: i remember the bad old days of health insurance before the affordable care act. they could refuse to sell you a policy if you had ever been sick. they could refuse to renew your policy if you got sick. oh, and another thing called rescission where they could put a group of examiners on you and try to take away your policy if you got sick. this happened numerous times due to tents. they can't do those things anymore. they have a cap on their benefits if you had a really expensive disease, oh, sorry. your benefits are exhausted. you go die now. those things are gone. but if they totally repeal the affordable care act. they are likely to come roaring back. but republicans said competition will take care of that. there is no competition in the insurance industry. they are exempt from antitrust law. they can and they do included
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top met. tax returns provide an important basic disclosure because they contain highly instructive information, including whether the candidate paid any taxes, what they owned, what they borrowed, and from whom. whether they've made charitable donations, whether they've taken advantage of tax loopholes or offshore tax shelters. the president and his spokesperson have both recently said he will not release his tax returns because the american people, quote, don't care. i beg to differ. the top petition on the website of the white house calls for the release of the president's tax returns. with over 300,000 signatures already on it. a "washington post" abc news poll released last yeek found that -- a "washington post"/abc news poll released last week
found that 70% of people should release his tax returns. we want a conflict of interest-free president for all of these reasons -- conflict of interest-free president. for all these reasons, i urge my colleagues to reject the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the gentlelady is recognized. >> it's no surprise that our colleagues on the other side of the aisle would rather talk about just about anything other than the text and substance of the bill we're about to consider. the transparency important to this debate and relevant for this discussion today is transparency that is in the rule and in this bill that would require that insurance companies make sure that people understand what they're purchasing and whether or not they're purchasing a plan that will in fact provide abortion coverage. ms. cheney: i also want to note that although there may be some in this chamber who view "the
washington post" fact checker as the oracle and font of all wisdom , he got this one wrong as he has in many cases and in fact failed to understand that there are, as we meet here today, monthly advance payments of u.s. taxpayer funding going to insurance companies or to exchanges to pay for health insurance plans that subsidize abortion on demand. and now, madam speaker, i'd like to yield two minutes to the gentleman from georgia, mr. hice. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. hice: i thank my friend from wyoming. madam speaker, regardless of attempts from the other side to distract and derail what we are discussing, the vote today son the permanent application of the hyde amendment which would ban taxpayer dollars from being used for abortion. the truth is, taxpayers get up and go to work every day, they work by the sweat of their brow, the majority of them find the practice of abortion to be a serious violation of their
personal beliefs. under that situation and scenario, it is unconscionable that this body would even consider taking the must be of those hard working taxpayers and using their money to fund abortion. the hyde amendment has traditionally maintained bipartisan support. it's been signed into law by both democratic and republican presidents. since 1976. and in addition to that, the supreme court has upheld the law. doing so in 1980, ruling that regardless of the freedom recognized in roe v. wade to terminate a pregnancy, there is not a constitutional entitlement to use taxpayer money to finance such an act. the hyde amendment to save the lives of roughly 300,000 unborn children annually, it is bipartisan. it's been upheld by the supreme court. and it protects taxpayers who
have a conscientious objection. so i strongly encourage my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support h.r. 7 when it comes before the full house for a vote today. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: i would like to assure my colleague from wyoming that we're not trying to distract. we bring up the issue of the president's tax returns, but we have no opportunity here to be heard. we have the bill before us, as i mentioned in my opening statement, it's a closed rule. it's a putin rule if you will. where it's their way or the highway. no debate is allowed on alternative ideas. we had three thoughtful amendments brought before the rules committee last night, all germane, all in compliance with the house rules. they rejected all three of them. on the issue of the presidential tax returns, yeah, we're bringing it up, because the american people want to know whether there are conflicts of interest. they don't want the white house
to be known for being a place of corruption. they want our presidents to follow the rules and the laws of the land so people want to know. but we're given no opportunity to do that. so forgive me if we take procedural motions to try to make our point but you -- my colleagues in the republican -- on the republican side lock us out of any opportunity to be heard. the rules committee is a place where democracy goes to die. i'm sad to say. i hope that that changes. i'd like to yield one minute to the gentleman from michigan, mr. kildee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. kildee: thank you, madam speaker, i thank my friend for yielding. like many of us, i marched this past saturday with millions of women across the country claiming their human rights. claiming their basic, individual rights. speaker, the previous speaker on the other side made mention of the fact that the hyde amendment is the law of the land and it's been upheld by the united states supreme court. we know.
we get it. that's not what this is about. this is about going well beyond that. and actually limiting what women can do, what individuals can do with their own money when acquiring health care that includes reproductive health services that is the subject of this debate. how many times do we have to come to the floor to make the point that choice is about -- that choices about women's health care should be made between a woman and her doctor, not somebody in washington dictating to women what they can do with their own money and with their own bodies. you know what else is the law of the land? you know what else has been upheld by the supreme court? almost a half century ago, that fundamental right that women have over the determinations they make for themselves about their own body. that's been upheld by the united states supreme court as well. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired.
the gentleman from massachusetts reserves this gentlelady from wyoming is recognized. ms. cheney: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from texas, mr. babin. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. babin: i thank the gentlewoman from wyoming. for the past 30 years, through the hyde amendment, the u.s. congress has acted to prevent taxpayer moneys from being used to pay for abortions. the bipartisan hyde amendment has been an annual ride thorne appropriations bills. but obamacare bypassed this abortion funding prohibition, leading to the largest expansion of taxpayer funding of abortion in american history since roe v. wade. and that's why we desperately need to pass h.r. 7. the no taxpayer funding for abortion act, to permanently codify the hyde amendment and apply it across the entire federal government. this bill will also ensure that the prohibition is not subject to annual threats. it will close a massive loophole that was created by obamacare.
since 1986, the hyde amendment has saved the lives of over two million babies. roughly the same number of people that live in the city of houston, texas, where i serve as a u.s. representative. for the sake of these two million people and the millions more that will be saved, we must permanently codify the hyde amendment's pro life protections. furthermore, as obamacare presented the largest expansion of abortion since roe v. wade supreme court case, we must ensure that the hyde amendment covers all areas of the federal government. this will ensure that taxpayer dollars are no longer used to subsidize abortions. h.r. 7 is a critical piece of legislation that is supported by nearly 2/3 of the american people who do not want the government to be in the business of killing unborn babies. congress must act to preserve the hyde amendment for posterity and to put an immediate end to
the ongoing harm being done with taxpayers' money. i strongly encourage my colleagues to vote for the passage of this much-needed bill to end taxpayer funsing to have -- funding of abortion once and for all. i want to thank you and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expire. the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: i yield one minute to the gentleman from -- jerusalem from california, ms. sanchez. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. sanchez: thank you, madam speaker. i rise in opposition to h.r. 7, the misnamed no taxpayer funding for abortion act. just recently we celebrated the anniversary of roe v. wade affirming that a woman has the constitutional right to make a decision of what's best for her and her family. however, republicans have been relentless in their pursuit to deny women this constitutional right and h.r. 7 is another
reckless example. h.r. 7 will have devastating consequences on every single woman in america. it would deny women, families, and small businesses tax credits if they elect an insurance plan that covers abortion. the i.r.s. would be inserted into one of the most important and private decisions a woman can make. one that should be solely between her and her doctor. that is the most egregious and offense i have example of government overreach that i can think. mr. speaker, women are responsible, women are smart, women know what is best for them, and women can make their own choices. allow them to do that and vote against h.r. 7. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from wyoming is recognized. ms. cheney: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from illinois, mr. hultgren. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognize for two minutes.
mr. hultgren: i want to thank the gentlewoman from wyoming and so grateful to be here to talk on this important subject. thomas jefferson once said the care of human life and happiness is not -- and not their destruction is the first and only object of good government. it is with jefferson's words in mind that i rise today as an origin co-sponsor in support of the no taxpayer funding for abortion an abortion insurance full disclosure act this sustains mr. jefferson's vision of good government, it makes permanent the hyde amendment restricting federal funding for abortions, ensuring the care of human life and not its destruction. most americans oppose the use of tax dollars to pay for abortion. since 1976, the hyde amendment saved more than two million unborn children and continues to save more than 60,000 lives in the united states every year. americans also deserve to know before they purchase it if their health care plans cover elective abortion. h.r. 7 addresses the abortion secrecy clause of the affordable care act.
it requires qualified plans to disclose to enrollees at the time of enrollment whether a plan covers abortion. americans should never be forced to pay for someone else's abortion. this legislation will restore the status quo on government funding for elective abortions and make this policy perm then and consistent across the federal government. i commend congressman smith and congressman lipinski for their bipartisan cooperation in introducing this bill and i'm pleased to support it. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman is recognized. mr. mcgovern: i yield one minute to the gentlewoman from california, mrs. davis. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. mrs. davis: thank you, madam speaker. let me tell you about chelsea. a mother of two young children who was on medicaid when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. she never missed her birth control pills but when she went to the clinic for dream she was told she was pregnant and could not get the surgery she needed because of the pregnancy.
why? why is that? because of the hyde rule medicaid would not cover her abortion care she needed. an her cancer treatment was delayed. obviously, compromising her health. instead of our discussing ways to make chelsea's situation better, we are considering a bill that would make the ban on abortion care services under medicaid permanent. asking women to is not get free abortions, but about women being able to receive the care that they desperately need. we saw this weekend where millions of women took to the streets throughout our country in a historic movement. and let's show them we are listening and reject this bill. let's leave a woman's medical decision between her and her
doctor and reject this far-reaching bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady is recognized. ms. cheney: i yield two minutes o mrs. hartzler. mrs. hartzler: i'm just heartsick to hear my colleagues talk about how they were celebrating the 44th anniversary of roe versus wade. that is 60 million babies, little girls, little boys that have been aborted and no longer have a chance to live. we could have perhaps have a cure for cancer, alzheimer's. who knows what the potential of those lives could have been. how about a celebration of that. and using the terminology that this bill deals with abortion care. abortion isn't care. abortion services. it is taking a life. and this bill does nothing to
change roe versus wade, although i wish it could, but it says that taxpayers don't have to participate in it. the taxpayers who believe that every life is precious and work hard and send in their money every april 15 and they entrust it to us. we have national security issues, we have roads and education and don't want to see it go to something like taking a life through abortion. this is what we are doing today is simply making permanent a policy that we had to put in as an amendment to appropriations every year and fight for. and this is just taking sure that here in washington and america, the taxpayers that we invest in women's health care. we are not investing in abortion. we should be about saving lives, not taking them. that's what this bill does. and i urge my colleagues to support it. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentlelady yields back. the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman is recognized. mr. mcgovern: i yield one minute to the gentlelady from oregon. ms. bonamici: a dangerous attack on the rights of women to make their own decisions about their health and their bodies. on saturday, i joined the peaceful march in our nation's capital with hundreds of thousands of women and men and many more marched in oregon and around the world. this legislation, one of the majority's first priorities under the trump administration won't create jobs, it will create barriers. barriers to reproductive health care to countless women and will affect young women, women of color, women in rural communities and immigrant women. this bill turns back the clock risk. s women's libes at
restricting abortion does not make it go away but makes it unsafe. this bill will drive women to back alleys. i urge a no vote on the rule and h.r. 7. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the gentlelady from wyoming is recognized. ms. cheney: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. mr. mcgovern: i yield one minute to the gentlelady from california. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. lofgren: madam speaker, 44 years ago, the supreme court made an important decision. it said that women have a constitutional right to make decisions about their own health care and their own bodies. not the government. now, it was just a few days ago that millions of american women marched all across the united states reaffirming their
opposition to efforts to take away their rights. and that's what this bill would do. there has been a lot of discussion about taxpayers funding abortion. that's not currently the law, not only in the hyde amendment, but the affordable care act requires women who wish to have this coverage to pay for it themselves. you have heard about alternative facts recently, but the fact is, there is no taxpayer money for abortion in the united states. there hasn't ever been for many years. and that was also the accommodations that the supreme court made. let's make sure that the constitutional rights of women to control their own bodies is not attacked. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. and the gentlelady from wyoming is recognized. ms. cheney: i just want to make a point in terms of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle and constant reference
to women, women, women as though all women believe what they believe. they have very strongly held views on the other side of the aisle but gat gorizing all womens being pro-abortion are wrong and offensive to us to who have off different views. we aren't attacking women's rights. we are relentless and in defense of the unborn, the most vulnerable among us. i yield two minutes to the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. rothfus. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. rothfus: i rise to support this rule and the underlying bill h.r. 7. for decades congress has passed the hyde amendment, which has prevented any government program from funding or subsidizing elective abortion. the hyde amendment has saved two million unborn children including 100,000 lives in
pennsylvania. for decades, this annual restriction on taxpayer funding of abortion has been referred to as the hyde amendment because it was the late congressman hyde who sought to protect as many unborn children as he could during his service in congress. recollecting his own work, congressman hyde offered this reflection. when the time comes, when we face that awesome moment, the final judgment, i have often thought that it is a terrible moment of loneliness. you have no advocates. you are there alone standing before god and terror will rip your soul like nothing you can imagine. but i really think those in the pro-life movement will not be alone. i think there will be voices that have never been heard in this world but are heard beautifully and clearly in the next. they will plead for everyone who has been in this movement and
they will say to god, spare him because he loved us. henry hyde is not forgotten and this work goes on despite president trump's promise, the affordable care act appropriated funds for health care plans. this must stop. we must remember abortion is not health care and in no way should the government fund or subsidize the violent destruction of unborn children. it is the overwhelming opinion of americans including those identified as pro-choice that taxpayer dollars should not be used. this legislation is essential to apply the principles of the hyde amendment consistently across the federal government. hundreds of thousands marched this friday on the 44th anniversary of roe versus wade, i urge my colleagues to support this rule and the underlying bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from
massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: i yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentlelady from new york. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. maloney: i thank my good friend for his extraordinary leadership on this issue and so many others for standing up for women and i thank him for the time. the right to speak is a very special one and mr. speaker, the right to choose is meaningless without the access to choose. and that is what this bill is about. it is cutting off access to choice. and that is why the anti-choice movement is so strongly behind this bill. h.r. 7 is a cynical attempt to use the federal government's power of the purse to restrict a woman's access to her constitutionally protected right to an abortion. i oppose the hyde amendment and
believe we should be increasing access to comprehensive health care, not reducing it. but this bill makes hyde permanent and it goes further. it prohibits the affordable care act's tax credit for individuals and employers who choose plans that cover abortion. h.r. 7 would restrict abortion coverage or make such coverage too burdensome or expensive for many americans to afford. it's a step back towards a dark and ugly time when anti-abortion laws took a substantial toll on women's health and in many cases cost them their very lives. i urge my colleagues to join me in voting no on this rule and the underlying bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from massachusetts reserves and the gentlelady from wyoming is recognized. ms. cheney: i yield one minute to the gentleman from new jersey, mr. smith.
mr. smith: i remind members in order to gain votes from several pro-life democrats, president obama issued an executive order, saying affordable care act contains hyde restrictions and extend those restrictions to newly created health insurance exchanges. problem is, never happened. there were people who are saying there is no taxpayer funding for abortion. yes, there is. we went to the g.a.o. and asked them to do a study and audit and checked the plans that were subsidizing with taxpayer funding abortions. i remind my colleagues under the hyde amendment, plans that pay for abortion are precluding government funding. affordable er 1,036 care act exchange plans were found to have abortion on demand
being paid for by the taxpayers. had the hyde amendment been applied as the president said he would, there would have been zero coverage for abortions and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. . the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: i yield to the gentlelady from district of columbia 1 1/2 minutes. ms. norton: i stand here in a unique position, first to oppose this sweeping attack on women's reproductive health in its entirety, but i am compeled to discuss the unique provision that singles out the district of columbia, permanently barring the district of columbia from spending its local fund, not a cent of it raised in this house on abortion services for low-income women, thus uniquely
denying the district of columbia government the right that local and state governments exercise throughout the united states using their own local funds. madam speaker, h.r. 7 goes further. it insults the district of columbia just to make sure everybody understands that we do mean the district. redefines usly and the term federal government. what a terrible thing to a local jurisdiction. to include the district of columbia government so the district of columbia government is thrown in with the federal government. we are talking about the people i represent who are number one per capita in taxes raised to
support the to support the united states of america, this, of course, is an annual, this bill. less inclined to become law than to become part of an annual -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for an additional minute. ms. norton: less likely to become law and the upcoming march. we do not intend to let our colleagues get away with supporting democracy including the right of local government to end their own local funds on choice. everywhere on earth, supporting such a right except for the 700,000 people who live in your own nation's capital. i thank my good friend for yielding. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from massachusetts reserves.
s. cheney: all funds for the ms. cheney spks we in congress bear additional responsibility for the funds in the district of columbia. i would also note there are no limitations on the district of columbia on when an abortion can be performed and therefore if we were to lift this amendment if we were not to have this rule in place, you could potentially have the u.s. taxpayers in a situation where they were being forced to fund even late-term abortions in the district of columbia, which is fundamentally against the hyde amendment, fundamentally against everything we have supported and against the majority of the people in this nation. madam speaker, i would now like to yield two minutes to the chame of the rules committee, the gentleman from texas, mr. sessions. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. sessions: thank you very much. i want to thank the gentlewoman from wyoming not only for being on the rules committee, but also today for handling her first rule. welcome to congress and welcome to the rules committee. madam speaker, the bill that we have before us today is an
extension of really bipartisan agreement that we've had for 30-plus years. that we should not have abortions that are paid for by the taxpayer. the bottom line is, is that this is a very difficult issue, no matter which side you might be on it. but i believe that the right thing to do is to say that based upon the morality and -- and really the right thing that the federal government, the taxpayers should not be engaged in paying for abortions, killing of babies in this country. we believe it is morally wrong and all we're simply doing today is standing up and saying we're going to extend the same privileges we've had on a bipartisan basis for 30-plus years, not only with the hyde amendment but placing that acrossle -- across all parts of appropriations and bills and things that we do here in congress. this has absolutely nothing to do with taking away a woman's
right to choice, or to choose. it has nothing to do with dealing with the supreme court. it has everything to do with using taxpayer dollars. yesterday, we had a very appropriate and a very timely conversation at the rules committee that i think both sides handles their arguments and their agreements and disagreements well yesterday. it's my hope that we do this here today. but let me say this. that the gentleman from new jersey, mr. smith, came up as an advocate for women, as an advocate for women who were engaged in many scurrilous trade -- trading of women and misconduct with women and i think he was seen for what he is. he is a strong advocate for life and for women who need to feel safe in this country and he stood up yesterday as an the gentlewoman is recognized va --
advocate for saying we should not pay using taxpayer money for abortions. that's what this bill is. i thank the gentlewoman from wyoming for allowing me to be here. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: the distinguished gentleman from texas, the chame of the rule committees, says this bill has nothing to do with taking away a woman's right to choose. i would beg to differ. i think it has everything to do with taking away a woman's right to choose. but this is the rule. i was hoping maybe he'd address the fact that three thoughtful amendments were brought before the rules committee yesterday by democrats, all germane, all complied with the house rules. i was hepping he'd explain why they were all denid. especially since the bill before us didn't go through regular order. didn't go through a committee process to be brought to the floor. this was plopped into the rules committee and no amendments were made in order. that's not the way a deliberative body should be run.
there are disagreements on this issue. but don't be afraid of allowing opposing viewpoints to be heard on this house floor. apparently he didn't want to talk about that. at this point, i'd like to yield one and a half minutes to the gentleman, mr. panetta. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one and a half minutes. mr. panetta: thank you. i rise in opposition to h.r. 7, a bill which brings permanency to the hyde amendment a bill which attempts to take away low--- a low-income woman's reproductive rights. therefore i submit to you that it is a bill more about divisive politics than decent policy. this past saturday, i joined hundreds of my constituents on the national mall. we demonstrate our support for reproductive rights and for woman's health care across our nation. in my district, on the central coast of california, we have an organization that administers those types of essential ervices.
maramone planned parenthood provides over 600,000 wellness care visits each year. for some that's the only health care they can get or they can afford. madam speaker, the hyde amendment isn't going anywhere. whether we like it or not. so i submit to you that it is these types of bills that do nothing to bring congress together and everything to drive us apart. because it is bills like h.r. 7 that can harm the most vulnerable in my community and across our nation. that is why i respectfully ask my colleagues to oppose h.r. 7. thank you, i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the gentlelady from wyoming also reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: i yield one and a half minutes to the gentleman from new jersey, mr. gart
himmer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> 44 years ago this week, before i was born, the supreme court recognized that the government has no business coming between a woman and her doctor when it comes to making personal medical decisions, yet now, decades later, many in washington seem determined to turn back the clock on progress on women's health and women's rights. the new administration recently instituted a rule that would limit the ability of women around the world to access accurate information about their bodies and make their own medical decisions. mr. gottheimer: now the house is considering a radical bill that would undermine a woman's right to make her own health decisions but also her ability to choose her own health insurance plan. on top of that, the bill would raise taxes on small businesses who provide their employees with access to comp rehence i health cooverpblg and impose unfair -- health coverage and impose unfair burdens on the women of the united states military.
these are the facts. i will always fight back against efforts to limit choice and women's health. that's why i strongly oppose this bill. this past weekend, we saw millions of women around the country and around the world, including hundreds in my own hometown of wyckoff, new jersey, where i was, fight against these backwards policies. i urge my colleagues to turn their focus from turning back women's rights and to actually focus on getting things done for the people of this country. thank you and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from massachusetts is reck -- the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from wyoming reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: can i ask the gentlelady how many more speakers she has? ms. cheney: we're prepared to close. mr. mcgovern: then i will close for our side. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mcgovern: i want to ask unanimous consent to insert into
the record a letter from 23 faith-based communities urging members to reject h.r. 7 a letter from 44 women's health, religious and others opposed to h.r. 7 and a letter from the american association of the university of women urging members to oppose h.r. 7. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcgovern: madam speaker, let me begin my closing by reminding people that we're about to vote on the rule. the rule define house we're going to consider this legislation. this is a closed rule. this is a putin rule. this is a rule that allows no opposing viewpoints to be brought before this chamber, to be debated and voted on. it is completely closed. on toop to have that, it didn't go through regular order. i know my colleagues will say, well, it went through regular order in the previous congress. but there are 55 new members of the house in this congress. and i think they have a right to
expect regular order from the leadership of this house when legislation is brought to the floor. so the rule should be rejected because it is closed. i would urge my colleagues, even those who may be simp at the exto the underlying legislation, to at some point stand up to your leadership and say, enough of this closed process. open this place up a little bit. this is -- this is supposed to be the greatest deliberative body in the world. yet we do everything but deliberate. so at some point i hope some of my republican colleagues will be brave enough to stand with us who are calling for a more open process. i also urge my colleagues to vote no on the underlying bill. i want to offer unanimous consent -- ask unanimous consent to insert into the record an article from "politico" which is entitled "study: abortion rates fall to a record low." part of the reason is because
women have access to good health care. part of the reason the numbers is lower is because of organizations like planned parenthood that provide clinics and counseling and contraception to women. so we can avoid more people being in a situation where they have to confront the issue of abortion. yet my colleagues' next salvo is going to be going after planned parenthood. but the abortion rate in this country is going down. the underlying bill is not about making sure that taxpayer money doesn't go to fund abortion. that's what the hyde amendment does. the affordable care act, by the way, makes it clear that no portion of the premium tax credits may be used to pay for the portion of comprehensive health coverage purchased in a marketplace that relates to abortion services. that's not what this is about. this is basically the first attempt to go after the basic constitutional right for a woman to be able to choose when it comes to abortion services.
that's what this is about. the leadership of this house, indeed the president of the united states, has made it clear they want to repeal roe v. wade. they want to put justices in the supreme court who will repeal that decision. they want to pass legislation that will do everything to be able to deny women that basic right. that is what's going on here. finally, madam speaker, i'm asking people to vote no on the previous question so we can actually debate and vote on this issue of requiring presidential candidates and presidents to release their tax returns. i will -- i say to my colleagues in all sincerity, this president's refusal to release his tax returns, all these conflicts of interest that he has, this is a white house on a collision course with corruption. donald trump said he wanted to come to washington to drain the swamp but by not releasing his tax returns, by allowing all these conflicts of interest to remain, he's bring the swamp to the white house. -- wring bringing the swamp to the white house. enough -- bringing the swamp to
the white house. enough. let us vote for transparency here. let us vote in the way the majority of americans think we ought to do, to require this president to come clean, to show us what his tax returns are. to show us what he's hiding. to show us where his investments are. to show us if there are any dealings with russia or putin or whatever. so i urge my colleagues to vote no on the previous question. so we can have that opportunity to be able to debate that issue. because if you don't vote no, i can guarantee you the rules committee will never make it in order. the rules committee never makes anything in order that the the leadership of this house doesn't put its rubber stamp on and i think that's unfortunate. the rules committee is becoming a place where democracy goes to die. it's about time that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle stand up and say, enough. let's open this place up. with that, i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president.
the gentlelady from wyoming is recognized. ms. cheney: thank you so much. i'm heartened today, madam speaker, to hear so much concern for my colleague -- from my colleagues on the other side of the aisle about making sure that patients and individuals have the right to make decisions about their own health care. and i would expect then to see support from the other side of the aisle when we are in a position where we're putting in place our replacement for obamacare. that's one of the rain reasons we're repealing obamacare, getting the government out of the business of telling people what they can and can't have with respect to their own health care. that's not the issue that we're debating here today, however, madam speaker. i want to thank the gentleman from new jersey for his tireless work on this issue and for introducing this bipartisan bill. a majority of americans across the country share the view that we must continue to work to protect the lives of mothers and their unborn children. as you've already heard, madam speaker, the hyde amendment is responsible for saving the lives
of at least two million babies. the most vulnerable among us. codifying a permanent restriction on the use of taxpayer funding for abortions is long overdue. i urge adoption of both the rule and h.r. 7 so we can continue to protect and save lives. madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my time and move the previous question on the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the question is on ordering the previous question on the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. mr. mcgovern: i ask for the yeas and nays. 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 risen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. pursuant to clause 9 of rule 20, the chair will redouse to five minutes the min -- will reduce
to five minutes the minimum time for electronic vote on adoption of the resolution. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]