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Bill Flores Discusses This Week in Washington

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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 5, 2019 | Andre Castro (202-225-6105) | comments

U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-Texas) released the following statements regarding his support of the discharge petition for H.R. 962, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, his vote to support President Trump’s veto, his votes against H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, and H.R. 1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, and a progress report on the House Democrat Majority’s first quarter of the 116th Congress:

Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act
“Over the last several months, Republicans have gone to the House floor to ask the Speaker for a vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. To date, the Democrat leadership has blocked consideration of the bill 29 times. This week, I joined my fellow colleagues in signing a discharge petition to force a vote on this important bill to protect newborns who survive abortions. With a handful of states removing restrictions on late-term abortions, there will be a higher likelihood of born-alive abortion survivors. All newborn children have a right to life-saving protections, and it is time that Congress vote to protect that right.”

Supporting the President’s Veto
“Last week, I voted to uphold President Trump’s veto as House Democrats worked to block the president’s border security emergency declaration. The president was well within his legal and constitutional authority to address the security and humanitarian crisis along our southern border by declaring a national emergency. Even President Obama’s former Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, has stated publicly that a crisis exists at our southern border. Though H.J. Res. 46 failed to get the votes needed for a veto override, we once again see the House taking obstructionist votes rather than working to fix our broken immigration system and keep hardworking American families safe by securing our southern border.”

Paycheck Fairness Act
“Discrimination of any type and anywhere is unacceptable and must never be tolerated. While the title of the Paycheck Fairness Act sounds admirable, a better title would be the ‘No Trial Lawyers Left Behind Act.’ I voted against this bill because it does not take any steps to provide new protections against pay discrimination. Instead, this bill opens the door for trial lawyers to file frivolous lawsuits against job creators and employers at the expense of the hardworking Texans the bill claims to protect. Additional litigation and burdensome reporting costs hurt the ability of small businesses and start-ups (a majority of which are now started by women) to hire new employees, including women. 

“If House Democrats are serious about creating solutions to address pay disparities, they would work with House Republicans to pass the Wage Equity Act, authored by Elise Stefanik (R-NY). I am a cosponsor of this commonsense bill which empowers workers with protections on salary negotiations and incentives for businesses to proactively rectify pay disparities rather than providing a handout to trial lawyers.

“It is worthwhile to note a recent study which indicates that the gender ‘pay gap’ between men and women has shrunk to two percent when measuring median salaries for women and men with the same jobs and qualifications. While this reflects improvement, it is important for policymakers and businesses to work collaboratively and in a bipartisan manner to reduce this gap to zero.”

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act
“In late 2018 and early 2019, my House Republican colleagues and I worked to reauthorize and extend the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for the remainder of the fiscal year while Congress worked on a longer-term reauthorization. The House Democrat Majority, however, stripped this reauthorization provision from a larger bill and allowed the program to lapse in February.

“Rather than focusing on providing critical services to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, the partisan reauthorization bill that was put on the floor this week was used as a political tool to advance liberal priorities. It rolls back important provisions related to child sex trafficking from current law and weakens Second Amendment rights. It also creates programs that could further put victims at risk by forcing them into situations where they are confronted by their perpetrator. Lastly, it allows males access to shelters and facilities intended for women and children.

"While I did not support this bill, I am a cosponsor of legislation to provide a clean extension of VAWA. Looking forward, I anticipate that the VAWA bill which passed the House this week will be amended by the Senate to remove the offensive provisions added by House Democrats. It is my intention to support that amended bill when it comes back to the House for consideration. It is my hope that the House will then work in a bipartisan, bicameral manner to reauthorize VAWA which can be forwarded to President Trump to sign into law.”

1st Quarter of 116th Congress
“This week marked the end of the first three months of the 116th Congress. When you compare the work done during the first three months of this Democrat-controlled Congress with the previous Republican-controlled 115th Congress, it is clear that productivity and effectiveness under the new Democrat House Majority has been hyper-partisan and well-short of what is needed to address the nation’s challenges.  

“During the 116th Congress, very few House committees have been effective – spending most of their time on partisan investigations and resistance-oriented activities directed at the White House, rather than producing solutions. In a few days, this Congress will pass its ‘first 100 days’ landmark and I will provide an update to you on the numbers of bills reported out of House committees, the numbers passed by the House, the bills passed by the Senate, and the party breakdowns of those bills.

“When I was sworn into the 116th Congress last January, I was optimistic that we could continue the strong bipartisan track record of the 115th Congress to provide economic growth, opportunity and security for all Americans. As we close out the first quarter, it seems the House Majority is more interested in playing political games and resistance. House Democrats must put aside the partisan politics to continue improving economic opportunities for hardworking American families and to protect America’s promise, prosperity and security.”


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