Campaign 2010

Jun 18, 2013

DCCC Releases Video Highlighting House Republicans’ Wrong Priorities

After House Republicans spent half the day avoiding debate about jobs so they could instead restrict women’s rights, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a video highlighting House Republicans’ focus on the wrong priorities.

Americans consistently rate jobs and the economy as their greatest concern, not re-fighting battles over a woman’s right to choose. Instead, House Republicans insisted on voting to restrict a woman’s right to choose to “appease [their] vocal base,” according to the New York Times. In fact, the measure that radical House Republicans forced on the American people is so extreme that it was shepherded through committee hearings by anti-woman zealot Trent Franks of Arizona, who last week said that the incidence of pregnancy from rape is “rare.”

 

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“Jobs took a backseat today so that House Republicans could exert their radical ideology and roll back women’s rights to the Stone Age,” said Emily Bittner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “America is tired of watching this Republican Congress wage the same ideological battles they’ve been fighting for years, instead of trying to strengthen our economy or solve our problems. It is clear that this Republican Congress wants partisanship, not progress.”

BACKGROUND

Bill Sponsor Trent Franks Said “Instances of Pregnancies From Rape Were Actually ‘Very Low.’” “Legislation that would outlaw nearly all abortions after the 22nd week of pregnancy was put on a fast track to the House floor on Wednesday after being approved in committee on a party-line vote… Republicans found themselves once again wading into politically perilous territory on a subject — reproductive rights — that badly tripped them up in the 2012 elections after Republican candidates made indelicate and erroneous comments about rape and contraception. Indeed, a brief aside before Wednesday’s vote from the bill’s Republican sponsor, Representative Trent Franks of Arizona, showed how the issue continues to present problems for Republicans. Responding to criticism from Democrats that the bill contained no exception for rape victims, Mr. Franks said that instances of pregnancies from rape were actually ‘very low.’” [New York Times, 6/13/13]

NYT: “Republican Leaders Acknowledge That its Purpose is to Satisfy Vocal Elements of Their Base.” “After Republicans lost the presidential election and seats in both the House and the Senate last year, many in the party offered a stern admonishment: If we want to broaden our appeal, steer clear of divisive social and cultural issues. Yet after the high-profile murder trial of an abortion doctor in Philadelphia this spring, many Republicans in Washington and in state capitals across the country seem eager to reopen the emotional fight over a woman’s right to end a pregnancy. […] The bill stands no chance of becoming law, with Democrats in control of the Senate and the White House. Republican leaders acknowledge that its purpose is to satisfy vocal elements of their base who have renewed a push for greater restrictions on reproductive rights, even if those issues harmed the party’s reputation with women in 2012.” [New York Times, 6/17/13]

  • Headline: 'War on women' returns [Politico, 6/05/13]
  • Headline: G.O.P. Pushes New Abortion Limits to Appease Vocal Base [New York Times, 6/17/13]

The 113th Congress Has Passed Thirteen Laws and “None of the New Measures Have Been Focused on Employment.” “In the six months and four days since the 113th Congress began, it has passed 13 laws. And, despite lawmakers constantly beating the drum on boosting jobs, none of the new measures have been focused on employment.” [National Journal, 6/07/13]

  • Headline: Congress Has Passed 13 Laws This Year—None of Them Have to Do With Jobs [National Journal, 6/07/13]