Pelosi Statement on 178 Democratic Members Calling on Speaker Ryan to Disband Select Panel to Attack Women's Health

May 24, 2016
Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill/Evangeline George, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after 178 House Democrats wrote a letter to Speaker Ryan calling on him to disband Republicans' Select Panel to Attack Women's Health:

"Republicans' Select Panel to Attack Women's Health is engaged in a level of misinformation and intimidation which has not been seen in Congress since Joseph McCarthy. 

"Since the day it was created, it was clear that Republicans had no interest in the facts – only in abusing taxpayer funds to fan the flames of their anti-women radicalism.  Now, the Select Panel's contempt for the truth and reckless disregard for safety is putting lives in danger and having a chilling effect on life-saving research, including on Zika.

"Republicans' conduct of the Select Panel is a disgrace, and increasingly a threat to the lives of those who Republicans have chosen to harass.  Speaker Ryan should heed the voices of the American people and disband this abusive Select Panel immediately."

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