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Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) delivered the following statement from the House floor yesterday, during debate on H.R. 1216, which eliminates guaranteed funding for the Teaching Health Center program. The Congresswoman joined her colleagues in the Congressional Progressive Caucus during a two hour-long mini-filibuster to expose the Republican plan to end Medicare as we know it:
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) offered an amendment today to H.R. 1213, a bill to repeal mandatory funding provided to the states to set up Health Benefit Exchanges as part of the historic health care reform law passed last year. Health Benefit Exchanges are marketplace-like entities required by the health care reform law where people can shop around for different health care options.
The one-year anniversary of the new health reform act will be marked today with celebratory success stories - and, for critics, renewed calls to appeal the landmark legislation.
A flurry of state and national groups have issued statements condemning the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, warning of its cost and impact on free choice.
"Our health care system is too large and too complex to manage at the federal level," according to a statement by Health Care Compact Alliance, which advocates for state's rights.
"It has been one year since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, and what a difference a year makes!
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) entered the following statement into the Congressional Record today in opposition to amendment 267 offered by Rep. Steve King of Iowa (R), which would defund the Affordable Care Act passed in the last Congress. The amendment is part of H.R. 1 - Fiscal Year Continuing Appropriations Act for FY2011:
"I rise to oppose the King amendment.
by Amanda Terkel
Despite campaigning on a platform of creating jobs and boosting the economy, some of the first pieces of legislation Republicans have taken up in the 112th Congress are measures that would restrict women's access to abortion and family planning services.
At a press conference ahead of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution hearing on H.R. 3, the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" today, House Judiciary Democrats staunchly rejected Republicans' characterization of the bill as a federal funding measure. In their remarks, Judiciary Democrats, led by Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) entered the following statement into the Congressional Record today during floor debate on the Republican legislation to repeal health care reform.
"Thank you Mr. Speaker, and I thank the Judiciary Committee's Ranking Member, my friend Mr. Conyers, for yielding the time.
I'm proud to join my Democratic colleagues on the floor this afternoon to state our unequivocal stance against health care reform repeal.