On Tuesday evening, Congressman Bill Huizenga (MI-02) spoke on the House floor in defense of the unborn, the upcoming March for Life, and how Congress must do more to prevent late-term abortions.
Tonight we rise, alongside the thousands of Americans who will be marching on D.C. this Friday, because we believe that giving even one more person the right to change the world is worth it.
For the last six years, I have come to the well of the House with my friend from New Jersey and my colleagues on the bipartisan Pro-Life Caucus to celebrate life and fight for the unborn.
On this seventh occasion, I rise with a renewed hope and optimism for our children’s future.
I commend President Trump for making one of his very first actions protecting unborn children around the world by preventing U.S. taxpayer dollars through foreign aid from being used to fund groups that promote abortion under the guise of “family planning.”
We can’t stop here. That’s just step one. Now is the time for action. When President Bush restored these protections in 2001 he wrote, “It is my conviction that taxpayer funds should not be used to pay for abortions or advocate or actively promote abortion, either here or abroad."
We took step two earlier today when a bipartisan majority of us here in the House voted to extend the Hyde Amendment across all government programs and to ensure that no tax dollars from hardworking taxpayers are used to fund abortions here in the United States.
Let’s take additional steps to fight for the ones who don’t have a voice.
This Congress should protect unborn children from the violence of a late-term abortion, protect medical professionals from being coerced to participate in abortions, and protect women from an industry that has put its financial interests above women's health.
Mr. Speaker, the government does not give us our rights. No, in fact, it exists to protect our God given rights that were given to us by our creator and to protect the next generation. All you have to do is look at those original founding documents and it's easy to see. We are here tonight for the same reason that thousands will march on Washington this Friday to fight for the rights of the next generation.
Many West Michigan families have already begun, or are about to begin their holiday weekend. As you climb into your car and get on the road, remember to travel safely. Enjoy the weekend with your family, friends, and loved-ones, but please keep in your hearts the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom as well as the veterans and families who carry their memory.
Update on the Great Lakes & President Trump's Budget. An important fact to remember in this discussion is that Congress, not the President, determines what programs are funded. I believe the Great Lakes are a national priority. In fact, Congress just supported fully funding the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for the remainder of the current fiscal year. By reaching across the aisle, I have worked in a bipartisan manner to reject cuts put forward by President Obama and President Trump to the GLRI. The health and vitality of the Great Lakes are instrumental to having sustained economic growth in Michigan and across the entire Great Lakes region. I remain committed to working with both Republicans and Democrats to prioritize, strengthen, and defend the Great Lakes.
This afternoon, the CBO's projection confirmed that the American Health Care Act will lower premiums and reduce the federal deficit. Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services released a study detailing how premiums for Michigan residents on the individual market have increased by 90% over the last four years alone. ObamaCare is collapsing and isn’t sustainable. We need to restore the ability for hardworking Michiganders to choose the health care plan that best meets their needs. The AHCA is a positive step in helping to achieve that objective.
My heart goes out to the families impacted by the heinous attack in Manchester. We must stand united with our allies across the Atlantic and around the globe to combat terrorism. Those who target and seek to harm innocent children are enemies of peace and freedom who must be held accountable for their actions.
The Congressional Review Act has allowed Congress to eliminate 14 burdensome regulations the Obama Administration finalized in its waning days - including my bill to eliminate a job-destroying provision of Dodd-Frank. We need to enact commonsense reforms that rein in "regulation nation" and allow our economy to grow.