Democrats Pass Underwood Amendment to Defund DOJ’s Texas Lawsuit

Washington, DC— Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to block funding for Trump’s lawsuit that would overturn our health care laws including striking down protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL-14) offered an amendment that would block Trump’s Department of Justice from using federal funds to litigate their current lawsuit to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Every House Democrat supported the amendment but it was overwhelmingly opposed by Republicans in Congress. In response to the passage of this amendment, Protect Our Care executive director Brad Woodhouse issued the following statement:

“Congresswoman Underwood and her Democratic colleagues are leading the charge to protect Americans’ health care by using every tool in their shed to fight the Trump administration’s disastrous Texas lawsuit. This amendment stops Trump from using taxpayer money to support his reckless attempt to strike down our health care in court – eliminating protections for people with pre-existing conditions and raising the cost of prescription drugs. Every single Republican who voted against this amendment has again endorsed Trump’s approach to health care: repeal, overturn and strike down. Americans rejected this approach in 2018 when they sent scores of Republican House Members packing, and they are no more supportive of the GOP’s repeal and sabotage agenda today.”