In this Vote Note, I want to tell you why I supported three bills, each designed to further eliminate funding for provisions of President Obama's 2010 health care law:
* Eliminate Slush Fund. On Tuesday, I voted to support H.R. 1213, which would repeal the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) unlimited Exchange Slush Fund. The President's 2010 health care law gave the Secretary of HHS complete freedom to determine how much money to spend on helping states cover the costs of implementing their mandated health care exchanges, without Congressional input or approval.
* Ban Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Finally, I was proud to support H.R. 3, which establishes a government-wide permanent ban on funding for abortion--including subsidies for abortion coverage under the President's 2010 health care law. This bill will ensure that U.S. taxpayers won't have to pay for abortions.
* Repeal Incomplete Construction Fund.I was also proud to support H.R. 1214, which would repeal the School-Based Health Center Construction Fund. This fund was created under the President's 2010 health care law and is set to spend $200 million in taxpayer money on the construction of "school-based health centers." Yet, funding to staff these clinics and provide health services was not included. In fact, the President's latest budget request, which would dramatically increase federal spending overall, did not include any funding for the grant program that actually provides care. Providing funds for construction without funds to staff these clinics and provide health services is an incoherent policy and a waste of taxpayer dollars.
I remain committed to the full repeal of President Obama's health care law. These votes will help ensure that U.S. taxpayer dollars will not be wasted or abused.
Thanks for reading,
Member of Congress