WASHINGTON – Today, the House is expected to vote on H.R. 2740, a “minibus” appropriations bill which would set funding for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and related agencies. The legislation has become highly controversial as House Democrats have added numerous provisions reversing Trump administration policies and advancing a staunchly progressive cultural agenda. Some of these elements include:

  • Eliminating conscience protections for doctors and nurses by forcing them to perform abortions and sex change surgeries they conscientiously oppose on religious or scientific grounds.
  • Forcing taxpayers to fund scientific experimentation on aborted babies, euphemistically referred to as “fetal tissue research.”
  • Banning religious freedom protections for faith-based adoption and foster care providers.
  • Reversing President Trump’s decision to limit transgender individuals from serving in the military, instead mandating that taxpayers fund sex change surgeries for these individuals.
  • Reversing President Trump’s pro-life “Mexico City” policy, instead mandating that taxpayers pay for abortions overseas.

In response, Terry Schilling, executive director at American Principles Project, released the following statement expressing strong opposition to the bill:

The House Democrats’ Minibus bill is obnoxiously ideological and utterly despicable. If progressives truly cared about bettering the lives of Americans, they would have worked to pass funding priorities that can obtain even a reasonable amount of bipartisan support. But that’s not what this is about. This is about virtue signaling to the media and radical progressive donors. It’s about playing the worst kind of politics. And it’s shameful.

This legislation is filled with so many totalitarian assaults on the basic freedoms and liberties of Americans — it might even make Chinese President Xi Jinping cringe. We urge sensible Members of Congress to do the right thing and kill this absurd bill. It’s time to go back to the drawing board.

To schedule an interview with Terry Schilling, contact Paul Dupont at (o) 202-503-2010 or pdupont@americanprinciplesproject.org.

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