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Congresswoman Clarke Urges Focus on Preventing a Government Shutdown

Brooklyn, N.Y. – Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke released the following statement on a letter she and twenty-two colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee sent to Chairman Fred Upton and other Republican leaders urging them to end politicized attacks on Planned Parenthood, which have included testimony from anti-choice extremists and the viewing of deceptively-edited videos.

“Unless Congress acts within the next two days, we will have another shutdown of the federal government, preventing access to critical services from the Social Security Administration and the Veterans Administration. Our national parks will close, and the Internal Revenue Service will not have the ability to issue refund checks. Yet, instead of focusing on keeping the federal government in operation, Republican leaders have allowed these false allegations about Planned Parenthood – an organization that provides health care services to 2.7 million men and women each year – to become a distraction. None of the evidence provided to members of the Energy and Commerce Committee has substantiated these false claims. Let us instead focus on preventing another unnecessary shutdown of our federal government.”

The letter was sent to Chairman Upton and Congressman Joe Pitts, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, and Congressman Tim Murphy, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. CMP Video Letter.2015.9.28.pdf

Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, a member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, and the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, the Committee on Ethics and the Committee of Small Business in the House of Representatives, proudly represents Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Gerritsen Beach, Madison, Midwood, Park Slope, Flatlands, Prospect Heights, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Sheepshead Bay, and Windsor Terrace.