Democratic Women Protest Republican Leadership’s Unfair Decisions

Democratic women in the House of Representatives delayed action on the FY 1998 agriculture appropriations bill on July 17 to protest the Republican leadership’s decisions on amendments to the Foreign Operations spending bill. The women were able to halt consideration on the appropriations bill by using a series of procedural votes, so most Republicans relented and voted to suspend work on the bill. The Foreign Operations bill should go to the House floor this week. The Democratic women vehemently oppose an amendment the Republican leaders have allowed to be offered that would “reinstate the gag rule on international family planning and…defund the U.N. Fund for Population Activities.”


Reuters -July 21,1997

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