(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement as Congress nears passage of a bipartisan appropriations bill free of poison pill riders on women's health.
“One budget fight after another, efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and undermine women’s health and rights disrupt what should be a simple, bipartisan process. I’m very glad it looks like we won’t have to deal with that threat to women this time around, and I hope Republicans take a lesson from this: getting things done in Congress is a lot easier when they stop trying to undermine women's health and choices.”
Throughout negotiations, Murray repeatedly made clear that policy riders intended to restrict women's reproductive rights or undermine women's health would be unacceptable to Democrats in any budget agreement.