Congress Should Focus on America's Top Priorities

Floor Speech

Date: Jan. 22, 2015
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. KILDEE. Mr. Speaker, just the night before last the President
addressed this body and laid out an agenda that we all might not agree
with certain elements, but there are elements that we could certainly
act upon.

We could take up an infrastructure bill. We could take up legislation
that would assure every young person the ability to go to community
college. We could take up the big questions that the American people
expect us to address that are important to growing our economy. But we
are not doing that.

Instead, this morning, the leadership will present to this body
legislation that will again seek to curtail the health care rights of
women, not because you have some expectation that it will become law,
but I believe because it is just another attempt to pander to the more
extreme voices of the base.

The President and others have called to us to elevate the dialogue in
Congress and elevate our aspirations for our country.

We have legislation before us that would put limitations on the
choices that women have and even deny access to abortion services to
save the life of a mother. This is the wrong direction. We need to
reject it.