For Immediate Release
Brett Abrams, 516-841-1105, firstname.lastname@example.org
MoveOn: House Could Pass Trojan Horse Bill Without Conference Committee
WASHINGTON - Statement of MoveOn.org Washington Director Ben Wikler:
“The Senate today is poised to consider health care repeal legislation that will take away care from 16 million people, raise premiums by 20 percent or more, destabilize the insurance markets and our economy, and de-fund Planned Parenthood.
“Many in the media and elsewhere are mistakenly treating this bill as a procedural vote -- an effort to simply to advance the process to a conference committee, in which the substance is irrelevant. In truth, if this bill passes the Senate, the House could simply pass the same bill. Senators who vote for this repeal legislation are endorsing its consequences, and will be held responsible.
“Of course, if the bill does end up in a conference committee, it is likely to get even worse, with the addition of massive Medicaid cuts. But that’s a big if, as the House may bypass that process altogether.
“A vote on a Trojan Horse bill is not a process vote. It cannot be viewed as another procedural prelude in a flurry of rhetorical grandstanding. The substance of the bill matters. Today’s vote must be called what it is -- an effort to strip care from millions and make health care worse for everyone, and a bill that could easily become law without alteration. MoveOn members are committed to holding every senator who votes for a such a bill accountable at the ballot box, regardless of whether the bill fails in the Senate, advances to conference committee, or -- as is entirely possible if it passes the Senate -- is rubber stamped by the House and sent to the president’s desk.”
FRIENDS: Help Us Fight
Independent journalism has become the last firewall against government and corporate lies. Yet, with frightening regularity, independent media sources are losing funding, closing down or being blacked out by Google and Facebook. Never before has independent media been more endangered. If you believe in Common Dreams, if you believe in people-powered independent media, please support us now and help us fight—with truths—against the lies that would smother our democracy. Please help keep Common Dreams alive and growing. Thank you. -- Craig Brown, Co-founder
The MoveOn family of organizations brings real Americans back into the political process. With over 3.2 million members across America – from carpenters to stay-at-home moms to business leaders – we work together to realize the progressive promise of our country. MoveOn is a service – a way for busy but concerned citizens to find their political voice in a system dominated by big money and big media.