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Congressman Luis Gutierrez

Representing the 4th District of Illinois

Rep. Gutiérrez on Planned Parenthood Fight: “We Should Be Voting On Consequential Matters That Have A Chance Of Becoming Law, Not On Theatrical Message Bills.”

September 18, 2015
Press Release

Rep. Gutiérrez on Planned Parenthood Fight: “We Should Be Voting On Consequential Matters That Have A Chance Of Becoming Law, Not On Theatrical Message Bills.”

Rep. Gutiérrez votes against defunding women’s health and for keeping the government open past October 1.

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) voted against measures to defund Planned Parenthood that House Republicans put forward and are using as part of a threat to shut down the government – again – on October 1.  The Congressman is a strong supporter of keeping the U.S. Government open, a strong supporter of funding for women’s health services, and a strong supporter of funding for Planned Parenthood.  The following is a statement from Rep. Gutiérrez:

“This is a legislature, not a theater.  We should be voting on consequential matters that have a chance of becoming law, not on theatrical message bills to mollify elements of the Republican base.  The Republican Party’s agenda is so thoroughly disconnected from reality that they feel they must waste the nation’s time with these message bills.

“The fact is that federal funds do not pay for abortions and that Planned Parenthood is one of the most important healthcare providers for women in our nation.  We should be finding ways to make good health care policy for women and everyone else, not playing politics with people’s health.”

Rep. Gutiérrez represents the Fourth District of Illinois, is a Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, and is the Co-Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. 

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Note: Rep. Gutiérrez was one of nearly 80 House Democrats who have asked Speaker Boehner to keep the House in session until a government shutdown is avoided: