Although Congress has been in session for 280 days and Americans are desperate for them to take up legislation that will get the economy moving, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives is focused on one thing: Abortion.
Yesterday, Republicans passed the “Protect Life Act” aimed at—once again—prohibiting federal funding for abortion. Although federal money cannot be used to pay for abortions under existing law, yesterday’s bill would doubly restrict funding, and to the horror of many women, it goes a step further.
The “Protect Life Act,” which are many calling the “Let Women Die Act,” would not only make it illegal for women to use government subsidies to purchase insurance that includes abortion coverage (even if women paid for an abortion themselves), it would also allow hospitals to refuse to treat pregnant women seeking emergency abortions, even if their lives are at stake.
During the discussion of the bill, House Democrats–led by Representative Jackie Speier of California—chided Republicans for their disastrous proposal. Rep. Speier, who previously shared her experience getting a life-saving abortion, once again argued that the latest anti-abortion bill was not only unnecessary, but also misogynistic.
Rep. Speier said: “What my colleagues on the other side of the aisle are attempting to do is misogynist. It is absolutely misogynist.”
“This bill goes to the farthest extreme in trying to take women down, not just a peg, but to take in shackles to some cave somewhere,” Speier said. “Basically what this bill would do is say that any hospital could decline to provide services to one class of people in this country, and that one class of people are pregnant women.”
Since taking control of the House, Republicans have introduced 10 bills pertaining to abortion; however, they have yet to take up one jobs bill. Not one.
Although Republicans chided President Obama for the country’s dismal jobs numbers, and chanted “Jobs, jobs, jobs,” since rising to power in the 2010 midterm elections they have yet to tackle the economy, but rather have focused on social issues such as defunding Planned Parenthood, passing abortion bills that have no chance of becoming law, and preventing a millionaire’s surtax.
Despite the overwhelming majority of the country imploring Congress to pass jobs legislation, they have decided against it. After the President introduced his jobs bill—which borrowed popular ideas from both Republicans and Democrats—the GOP shot it down. Despite 62% of the country being in favor of President Obama’s bill, and 14 million people out of work, Republicans said no to jobs.
Yesterday, I tweeted Speaker John Boehner and asked what many have been wondering: Mr. Speaker, where are the jobs?!
Predictably, he didn’t respond, but his silence, and his Republican counterparts’ inactivity on the issue, speaks volumes. While it seems counterproductive to continue to allow the economy to tank, I’m beginning to buy into the idea that Congressional Republicans are trying to sabotage our nation’s economy on purpose.
Why else would Republicans completely ignore the American people’s call to act on jobs? Why would they turn down a payroll tax cut that many economists say would encourage hiring? Why would they turn down billions in infrastructure spending that would put many of their constituents back to work?
Two words: Barack Obama.
When the President was elected, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said the “single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” And there you have it.
Republicans don’t seem to be interested in deficit spending, because if they were, they would have stopped Pres. Bush years ago. Despite their rhetoric, they aren’t really about limiting the size of government, because if that were true they would keep their hands off of our wombs. And it’s becoming increasing clear they are not concerned with putting Americans back to work, because if that were so, they would pass the damn bill, or really roll up their sleeves and work with Democrats to create a piece of legislation both sides can live with.
No. Republicans want to defeat President Obama and they are willing to hold our futures and our wombs hostage in order to do so.
Do you think Republicans are trying to sabotage the economy on purpose? Why do you think they are focusing on abortions and not jobs?