Rallying his colleagues before Wednesday afternoon’s vote on the budget reconciliation bill, Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) said it’s about time Congress followed through on promises made to the American people.
“Many of my constituents have told me, ‘We gave you the House majority in 2010, what have you done? We gave you the Senate majority in 2014, what have you done? Why can’t you get something to the President’s desk,’” Shimkus said. “Well today we do. We send a bill to the President’s desk that repeals Obamacare and defunds Planned Parenthood. And it’s about time.”
Unlike more than 60 bills or amendments Shimkus has supported to repeal all or part of Obamacare, and numerous votes the congressman has cast to defund Planned Parenthood, Senate Democrats could not use the filibuster to block the budget reconciliation bill before the House on Wednesday.
“Obamacare distorts the market, raises prices, and deprives our citizens of choice,” said Shimkus. “The bill today will eliminate the individual mandate and the employer mandate. Government forcing our citizens to buy a product they do not want is un-American and costly. I say good riddance!”
In addition to dismantling Obamacare, the budget reconciliation bill does what the National Right to Life says last year’s omnibus spending bill could not do: defund Planned Parenthood.
“We were all aghast over the recordings released highlighting Planned Parenthood selling of baby parts. As a Member who believes that individual, distinct life beings at conception, Planned Parenthood’s lack of remorse or even concern highlights their dark business,” Shimkus said. “Today we send a bill to the President’s desk to defund Planned Parenthood.”
The House is expected to pass the reconciliation bill on Wednesday afternoon. Since the bill already passed the Senate on December 3, it will be sent to the White House without delay.