WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Democratic Whip Katherine Clark (MA-5) took to the House Floor to urge the House to instruct conferees to remove MAGA Republicans’ anti-abortion amendment from the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2024. Below is a transcript of her remarks:

“A handful of issues has always transcended politics. Our troops – the guardians of our freedom – have always been one of them. But in the MAGA Republican Party, nothing is off the table. 

“Nothing takes priority over their goal of a nationwide abortion ban. Military promotions? Troops’ paychecks? Our national defense bill? All held hostage because extremists want to tear away the reproductive freedoms of the very people fighting for our freedom.

“I urge my colleagues: put our country first and instruct the conferees to deliver a defense bill that puts freedom over fascism.”

In keeping with their extremist agenda, House Republicans have amended the NDAA to roll back servicemembers’ reproductive freedom – targeting the Department of Defense's commitment to reimburse the travel of those seeking critical abortion care. 

To view the Whip’s remarks, click HERE. 

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