Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke on the House floor today to overturn President Obama’s veto of a bill repealing Obamacare and defunding Planned Parenthood.
Leader McCarthy’s full remarks are below, or watch online here.
“I thank the gentleman for yielding. I thank the Chairman for his work on this issue.
“Mr. Speaker, today the House is keeping its promise to the American people. We showed we can defund abortion providers like Planned Parenthood and increase funding for thousands of women’s health centers across the country. And we showed we can send a bill repealing Obamacare to the President’s desk even when Democrats are trying to stop us.
“Now this is big. That means that when a Republican president takes office next year, we know we can get this passed. We don’t have to worry about the filibuster. We don’t have to worry about a veto. With simple majorities and the stroke of the pen, Obamacare can be gone once and for all.
“You know, Democrats see that. They know that Obamacare in particular is hanging by a thread. And you know what? They are terrified. So you’re going to hear a lot of mocking on the other side of the aisle today. Mr. Chairman, they’re saying that Republicans are at it again trying to repeal Obamacare. They’re trying to make it seem like this vote doesn’t matter.
“You see, they tried to stop us at first with arguments and debate. But they have lost that debate. The people aren’t happy with what the Democrats sold them. Few are enrolling, premiums are skyrocketing, and deductibles are so high it can make insurance practically worthless.
“So the Democrats—they’ve given up on debate, they saw that they lost, and they’ve tried their next tactic. They tried to tell us that there’s nothing we can do, that Obamacare is the ‘law of the land,’ and we better just give up.
“But then they realized we didn’t give up. Year after year, we listened to the American people and the people voted for representatives to repeal Obamacare. And year after year, the American people saw the health care promises that Democrats in Congress and President Obama mad—that they were just exactly what they were: empty. You can keep your doctor. You can keep your plan. Your premiums will drop. Nobody—not even the President—believes that anymore.
“So we didn’t give up. We fought for the American people and we put a bill repealing this law on the President’s desk.
“And now, the Democrats have no more defenses. Their law is failing. The people aren’t on their side. The end of Obamacare is coming, and in its place we can create something that delivers so much more than just broken promises.
“I yield back.”