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Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) [August 2015 file photo].

Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) [August 2015 file photo].

It appears that Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) has hit the right wingnut controlled House of Representatives select committee jackpot:

Boehner Appoints GOP Members to New Select Investigative Panel
October 23, 2015|Speaker Boehner’s Press Office

WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement today announcing the Republican appointments to the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s new Select Investigative Panel that will focus on the grisly practices of big abortion providers.

“Recent videos exposing the abortion-for-baby parts business have shocked the nation, and demanded action. At my request, three House committees have been investigating the abortion business, but we still don’t have the full truth. Chairman Blackburn and our members will have the resources and the subpoena power to get to the bottom of these horrific practices, and build on our work to protect the sanctity of all human life.”

Following are the Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s new Select Investigative Panel:

•Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Chairman (R-TN)
•Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA)
•Rep. Diane Black (R-TN)
•Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN)
•Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI)
•Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD)
•Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO)
•Rep. Mia Love (R-UT)

[bold emphasis added]

Ah, the brightest intellectual lights in the United States House of Representatives.

Earlier today, a press release from Representative Hartzler’s (r) office:

Hartzler Stands for Life, Liberty
Oct 23, 2015

WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) today voted to protect life and liberty with her vote in favor of the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, a measure aimed at dismantling key provisions of Obamacare and stopping the flow of federal funds to abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood.

“We were sent here to fight for the American people,” Hartzler stated. “They do not want their healthcare dictated to them by Washington and they don’t want their tax dollars going to abortion providers. If the numerous votes we have taken on these issues in the House—the People’s Chamber—were not signal enough to the President that this is what the people want, then this bill will be. He will soon have a choice: does he support the people and women’s health, or does he support Planned Parenthood and Washington mandates?”

“This bill puts people first, not politics,” Hartzler continued. “Obamacare continues to do real harm to Americans with soaring premium increases, outrageous deductibles, and stiff fines for not having it. By dismantling key provisions of Obamacare, we pave the way for patient-centered health care reform, allowing the people to decide what is best for them and their families. Our families are coping with a stagnant economy and cannot afford a health care system that costs them more yet gives them less. We can do better.”

“Additionally, this bill protects life by stopping the flow of taxpayer dollars to abortion providers,” Hartzler added. “The people have, for years, begged Congress to end the flow of taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood, especially in the wake of the recent horrendous videos showing Planned Parenthood officials exhibiting a blatant disregard for human life. This bill places a moratorium on funding of abortion providers and redirected those funds to community health centers—which are more numerous than Planned Parenthood facilities and provide more comprehensive care to women.”


Apparently the optics at the last right wingnut republican controlled House committee hearing on Planned Parenthood didn’t work out so well. And we all know that republicans like to do the same thing over and over…