Washington Weekly Review

January 27, 2017

Senator Ernst Speaks at March for Life

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst today addressed the crowd at this year’s March for Life rally. In her remarks, Senator Ernst announced she will introduce two pieces of legislation on Monday: a bill that redirects funds from Planned Parenthood to other eligible women's health care providers, and a measure to scrap the Department of Health and Human Services’ new rule to amend regulations implementing the Title X Family Planning Program. 

The following is the full text of Senator Ernst’s remarks:

God bless you all! Thank you so much. Thanks for being here.

What I am wishing today, above all else. What I am wishing for all Americans whether they are born or unborn, is that they know peace, that they know love, and that they all might be touched by the grace of God... (READ MORE)

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Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act:

“The new Republican government has a unity of values and a unity of purpose. We are committed to defending life, not destroying it; and we are committed to ensuring taxpayer money is not used to support a practice that millions of Americans are deeply and morally against.

“By reinstating the Mexico City Policy, President Trump ensured American taxpayer dollars wouldn’t be used to support groups that provide and promote abortions abroad... (READ MORE)
 
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Washington, D.C. ­– House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement supporting President Trump’s decision to restore the Mexico City Policy and announcing the House’s intention to vote tomorrow on H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act:

“Days after President Obama took office in 2009, he overturned a longstanding policy initially instituted by President Ronald Reagan—the Mexico City Policy—that prohibited American taxpayer money from flowing to non-governmental organizations in foreign countries that provide or promote abortions. Not only is funding abortions abroad far outside America’s national interest, the decision to overturn this rule allowed money from the American people to be used to support a practice that millions of Americans are firmly against. Our foreign policy is shaped by our values, and supporting life is among our most sacred... (READ MORE)
 
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Today at a press conference with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker Ryan detailed his working relationship with President Trump and his administration:

"We are on the same page with the White House. We’re going to be hearing from the president today. We’ve been working with the administration on a daily basis to map out and plan a very bold and aggressive agenda to make good on our campaign promises and to fix these problems: To repeal and replace and repair our broken health care system; to reform our tax code to get jobs and economic growth; to clear out the regulatory underbrush so we can get economic growth going... (READ MORE)
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the challenges that President Trump is inheriting from the last administration:

“Last week, President Trump gave his first major address to the nation. The week before, President Obama gave his last.  These are different men. They come from different parties. But their speeches were more similar than you might think, and there were some common themes... (READ MORE)

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