MR. HOLT: Our first priorities here in the House of Representatives must be helping foster job creation and supporting middle- class families. Yet, more than 4 months into this Congress, we have not considered one bill, not one bill that would achieve these goals.
Instead, we have before us today H.R. 3, one of the centerpieces of the Republican agenda, and it would limit the health care choices of women.
Now, even if all it did is what the name implies, to prohibit Federal subsidies for abortion, it would be redundant, unnecessary and misguided. But it's much worse than that. In truth, it's an unprecedented and extreme attempt to limit health insurance coverage for American women, to raise taxes on small businesses, to infringe on the legally protected right of American servicewomen, to make this legal, constitutionally protected medical procedure inaccessible to women.
I oppose H.R. 3, and urge my colleagues to vote ``no.'' And I urge the majority to get to work helping Americans to get to work.