It doesn’t matter how many abortion bans the House Republicans pass, President Obama has vowed that they won’t become law.
After House Republicans had to drop a bill that would have banned all abortions after 20 weeks, they passed a bill that was even worse.
President Obama made it very clear that he will veto the House abortion funding bill.
The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 7. The legislation would intrude on women’s reproductive freedom and access to health care; increase the financial burden on many Americans; unnecessarily restrict the private insurance choices that consumers have today; and restrict the District of Columbia’s use of local funds, which undermines home rule. Longstanding Federal policy prohibits the use of Federal funds for abortions, except in cases of rape or incest, or when the life of the woman would be endangered. This prohibition is maintained in the Affordable Care Act and reinforced through the President’s Executive Order 13535. H.R. 7 would go well beyond these safeguards by interfering with consumers’ private health care choices. The Administration strongly opposes legislation that unnecessarily restricts women’s reproductive freedoms and consumers’ private insurance options.
If the President were presented with H.R. 7, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto this bill.
The bill is never going to make it to the president’s desk. The legislation is DOA. Mitch McConnell has promised to allow a vote on the bill, but it is unlikely that there are six Senate Democrats who will support it. In the off chance that the bill would pass the Senate, President Obama will immediately send this empty show vote to the legislative trash can.
House Republicans are promising that they will bring the abortion ban bill back. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise vowed to bring the abortion ban bill back, “We’re going to bring this bill back. This is a fight that’s not over. We’re going to continue working to get this bill passed.” House Republicans can bring the abortion ban bill back, but President Obama has promised to veto it if it gets to his desk.
Republicans and their media water boys are fooling themselves into pretending that what they are trying to do is popular. The reality is that House Republicans are reminding men and women who care about liberty why they rejected the extremist Republican agenda in 2012, and they are likely to do so again in 2016.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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