This week’s E News focuses on two major issues that came about this week. Thank you for your continued input on the issues facing the State of Illinois. Also, this week my long time friend and legislative aid Beckie Johnson has decided to retire and enjoy time with her grandchildren in Florida. I am so happy for Beckie and I want to publicly thank her for her friendship and hard work for the people of Illinois. Beckie has been a dedicated public servant having worked for Senator John O. Jones for many years. Beckie will truly be missesd. All the best to her!
HB 40 – I Voted NO on Taxpayer Funded Abortion
I spoke forcefully against a bill that would vastly expand access to elective, taxpayer-funded abortions during a more than hour-long debate on HB 40 on Tuesday. I also voted no on the measure,
This bill goes to the core of my faith. I believe a life begins at conception and no one has a right to take that life. The sponsors of this bill routinely introduce legislation and support bills to use Medicaid dollars to help the most vulnerable among us. The same value set that drives those votes does not square with using Medicaid dollars to terminate the lives of the weakest, most helpless, and vulnerable of those among us, the unborn.
During questioning, the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) admitted that the bill will expand the use of Medicaid to pay for elective abortions. The Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) has estimated that the bill could result in an extra $60 million of Medicaid spending to cover abortions per year.
The bill’s sponsor also admitted that the bill allows women to choose abortions for any reason, during any stage of pregnancy. In, just my lifetime, we have moved from allowing 1st trimester, to 2nd, then 3rd trimester and now partial birth abortion. HB 40 provides taxpayer funded abortion on demand and I cannot in good conscience support this attempt to expand the taxpayer’s financial burden to fund these barbaric practices.
On Tuesday, hundreds of women descended on Springfield to march in support of equal pay for women, expanded abortion access, and a host of other issues. I find it bewildering that on ‘Women’s Day’ in Springfield, Chicago Democrats advanced a bill to vastly expand abortion access. Their failure to recognize the unfulfilled potential of the millions of female lives that have been aborted in the decades that have passed since Roe vs. Wade is a truly perverted twist on the issue of equal opportunity for women.
Governor Rescinds Layoffs of Department of Corrections Nurses
State Representative Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) issued the following statement on Thursday in response to news that Governor Rauner has rescinded previously planned layoffs and will return to the negotiations with the Illinois Nurses Association.
I was extremely disappointed and concerned when I learned of the planned layoffs of more than 120 Illinois correctional facility nurses. I was a proud chief co-sponsor of a bill that passed the House that would have rescinded the layoffs of the nurses that work in Illinois’ correctional facilities.
As a retired, 20-year veteran of the Illinois Department of Corrections, I understand the difficult environment that these hard-working nurses face every day. I was pleased to learn on Thursday that the Administration has in fact rescinded the layoffs and expressed their willingness to return to the negotiating table.
I believe that the layoffs and subcontracting can be permanently solved if both sides negotiate seriously and in good faith. I urge both sides to stay at the table as long as it takes to come to a reasonable and fair agreement.
Page for a Day
It was my honor to host Woodlawn 7th grader Angelina Bruggen as my Page for a Day on Thursday. Thank you for visiting us in Springfield!
My office in Mt. Vernon is open Monday through Friday and my office in Murphysboro is open Monday through Thursday, each from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. You can find me on Facebook to keep up with my travels throughout the district. You can also contact me directly through the Contact Form on my website at www.repbryant.com – Your opinions on important topics facing the State of Illinois are invaluable to me. Keep them coming!