(Washington, D.C.) – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement after voting in favor of the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act (H.R. 3762), legislation that would effectively end Obamacare and prevent federal funding of Planned Parenthood for one year. The bill has a special filibuster-proof designation, which will allow it to pass the Senate and reach the president’s desk.
“The Republican-controlled Congress promised we’d put legislation to stop Obamacare on the president’s desk, and that’s exactly what we’re doing,” said Rep. Graves. “After the House and Senate agreed to a budget this spring, we triggered a special legislative process called ‘reconciliation.’ This was impossible to do when the Democrats controlled the Senate. But now, under Republican control, the Senate can bypass the 60-vote threshold usually required to bring legislation to the floor and finally pass legislation to end Obamacare.”
“Although the House has passed many bills to stop Obamacare, all of which I have voted for, this will be a first for the Senate, and the first time such a bill has reached the president’s desk,” Graves continued. “Once this bill reaches the president, I hope he thinks about the millions of Americans who are suffering and joins us in stopping Obamacare, which has resulted in higher premiums, limited choice and the cancellation of millions of health care plans.”
Graves concluded, “Importantly, this legislation also prevents any federal funding of Planned Parenthood for one year, blocking these funds while the House continues its investigation of the horrific practices involved in fetal tissue harvesting and sales. I sincerely hope the president will not protect the people and organizations that participate in these horrendous practices.”
H.R. 3762 repeals key provisions of Obamacare, including the individual mandate, employer mandate, “Cadillac Tax” and medical device tax. Repealing these crucial mandates and provisions would essentially destroy Obamacare.
Additionally, H.R. 3762 places a one year moratorium on federal funding of Planned Parenthood and redirects the funds to community health centers that do not perform abortions.
H.R. 3762 passed the House by a vote of 240 to 189. After the legislation is passed by the Senate, it will be sent to the president’s desk.