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SAINT PAUL, MINN. – House DFL representatives gathered this morning for a press conference to call out House Republicans for bringing Donald Trump’s extreme agenda to Minnesota. This session House Republicans have taken votes that put them squarely in line with the Republican Party’s presumptive Presidential nominee, including efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and restrict access to basic health care for women. And despite the economic challenges facing Minnesota families, they have blocked progress on things like paid family leave and efforts to reduce the cost of child care.
“House Democrats have been working for two years to increase access for basic health care for women and to support Minnesota families who are being squeezed, but this House Republican Majority has shut us down and instead pushed a divisive agenda that puts women and Minnesota families at risk,” said State Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL – St. Paul), House Deputy Minority Leader. “House Republicans may want to distance themselves from Donald Trump, but the reality is they can’t distance themselves from the Trump agenda they are trying to force on Minnesotans.”
Donald Trump has laid out an extreme agenda that would take health care access away from women and make children and families less safe. He said, “Planned Parenthood should absolutely be de-funded.” Trump has refused to support paid family leave. Trump opposes universal background checks, even saying he will ban gun free zones at schools on his first day in office. And Trump’s tax plan includes massive tax breaks for the ultra-rich. On each of these issues, House Republicans have closely aligned with Donald Trump’s extreme and divisive agenda.
“Minnesotans do not like Donald Trump’s extreme policy positions, but that’s exactly what House Republicans have embraced this session,” said State Rep. Melissa Hortman (DFL – Brooklyn Park), House Deputy Minority Leader. “We suggest that House Republicans use the remaining weeks of the session to listen to Minnesotans and to stop being a roadblock to the kind of priorities that will actually improve the health and well-being of all Minnesotans.”
The House Republican “Trump Agenda”
RESTRICTING ACCESS TO WOMENS’ HEALTH CARE
PUTTING WEALTHIEST MINNESOTANS AHEAD OF CHILDREN AND FAMILES
IGNORING CHILDCARE COSTS
BLOCKING EFFORTS TO KEEP WOMEN AND CHILDREN SAFE
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