One Republican leader says he’s not giving up on efforts to force House Democrats to vote on legislation protecting newborn children who survive botched abortions.
In a Thursday interview with Blaze Media, Republican Study Committee Chairman Mike Johnson, R-La., said that despite efforts from Democratic leadership to keep the House version of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act off the House floor, he’s going to keep pushing for a vote.
“It’s one of these issues that’s waking a lot of people up in this country,” Johnson said of recent debate over late-term abortion and infanticide.
“This is about a child that’s actually born on the table. They can’t even make an argument that it’s an early-term pregnancy; this is a newborn.”
Earlier this week, House Republicans made yet another attempt to bring the bill to the floor; it too was blocked by House Democratic leadership. It was the 17th time the bill has been blocked so far this session, according to Johnson.
Democrats “are effectively endorsing infanticide” by opposing the bill, Johnson tells me. “We are going to continue to bring that up. We are going to do a discharge petition, if necessary, to try get this on the floor for a vote.”
A discharge petition is where members of the House can force a vote on the floor if they gather enough signatures to discharge the bill from a committee. Last session, Democrats and some Republicans tried to use the tactic to force Republican leadership to hold a floor vote on amnesty for illegal aliens.
“We want them on record,” Johnson told me. “The House Democrats can’t run from this.”
“We want them on record,” Congressman Mike Johnson, R-La., told Nate. “The House Democrats can’t run from this.” House Republicans keep pushing for a House vote against infanticide, and Democrats keep blocking it. But the new chairman of the Republican Study Committee says he’s not giving up.
Posted by Capitol Hill Brief on Thursday, March 14, 2019