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Providing for Consideration of H.R. 45, Repeal of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. Speaker, I rise to oppose the Patients' Rights Repeal Act and the rule.

Now, there's nothing wrong with working to improve the Affordable Care Act. We should work to make quality health care more affordable and more available to all Americans. But repeal is not a solution and has real and serious consequences for folks in Connecticut. Even worse, this vote is a tremendous waste of time when we have serious work to do for our constituents.

Mr. Speaker, this bill is the 37th time--the 37th time--Congress is voting to repeal health care reform.

Five months after the tragic attack in Newtown in my district, House Republican leaders continue to refuse to allow a single vote--a single vote--on commonsense gun legislation to reduce gun violence. Instead of voting on enhanced background checks, a reform supported by over 90 percent of the American people, Congress has now devoted 15 percent of its time to trying to repeal health care.

Mr. Speaker, it's time for Congress to stop wasting time on pointless political gamesmanship and to get to work for the American people.

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