In a House of Representatives controlled by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrats, it’s difficult for Republicans to secure any legislative victories. But they achieved one Tuesday night when they were able to use parliamentary tactics to block a bill that would have promoted killing more babies in abortions at taxpayer expense.
House conservatives came up with a way to derail a bill Pelosi and her pro-abortion cohorts attempted to fast-track through the House to the Senate. The measure, called the Equal Access to Contraception for Veterans Act, would have facilitated government-funded access to abortion drugs through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
But Republicans stopped the bill because Pelosi tried to ram it through under suspension of the rule, which required a two-thirds vote.
In an interview with Breitbart News, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), the House Freedom Caucus chairman, called the defeat of the bill “stunning.” The abortion bill failed with 240 voting for it and 188 opposing it, making it fall short of the two-thirds necessary to pass.
After an effort led by Biggs and other House conservatives like Reps. Matt Rosendale (R-MT) and Chip Roy (R-TX) among others, the bills failed to achieve the two-thirds necessary to make it through the House and were stopped from passing the chamber for now.
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“What the deal is on these suspension bills, they have to get two thirds to get them across the line,” Biggs told Breitbart News. “The significance of taking down the suspension votes is that the Democrats are trying to change all the rules and traditions of the House and force all of their agenda even if it’s not radical — but the radical parts and the non-radical parts — they’re trying to force it down our throats. Our position has always been that that is — it is that we have to fight on every issue. That’s why we ask for roll call votes on the suspension votes because we want transparency for the American public number one, and number two we want everybody to be recorded on how you vote, and number three we want to put the speed stick down. That’s what that’s been all about.”
Rosendale added in a statement exclusive to Breitbart News that this development is a significant loss for the Democrats and the left.
“The failure of these bills shows that the Freedom Caucus strategy to fight the Democratic majority using all the procedure at their disposal is working,” Rosendale said. “Combined with members willing to fight for principle, it worked to knock down two Democratic bills last night. One of the bills, which would have facilitated access to abortion drugs, I have been fighting since there were bipartisan efforts to move it through the VA committee. It was good to see the efforts of so many come together and hand the Left a defeat even in the minority.”
The pro-life Republicans told Breitbart they would use this tactic more often to require votes on legislation Democrats try to pass under suspension of the rules.
“In the Freedom Caucus, we’ve been doing this for months,” Biggs said. “Some of our own colleagues were ticked at us for doing it and said it was gimmicky. I kept trying to sell it like, so they would understand, that we get leverage points back and we slow it down and we’re fighting. It’s what our base wants us to do. All of those things are important. That it worked is good. Now we need to make it work on a regular basis and if we do that things are going to change up.”
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Author: Steven Ertelt
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