On Tuesday, August 25, Congressman David Joyce (OH-14) joined active AMAC members in Solon, Ohio for what was the second AMAC town hall of 2015 in his district. AMAC attendees were particularly interested in learning what initiatives the Congressman has been spearheading in Washington, D.C. on their behalf and what efforts the Congress will be looking to pursue for the remainder of the year. Congressman Joyce ticked through a number of important issues that Congress has been working to address in recent months, including several issues that will be paramount upon their return to Washington in September.
AMAC members across the country have been deeply disturbed by recent videos that appear to show Planned Parenthood executives harvesting the organs of aborted fetuses, sparking a new conversation about whether or not the organization should continue to receive federal funding. Speaking about these atrocities with AMAC members, Congressman Joyce assured AMAC members in his district that he is a co-sponsor of the bill to defund Planned Parenthood – an effort that will continue to garner attention and scrutiny through congressional hearings and investigations this fall. Also, as a Member of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Joyce relayed that the Committee has passed a record 12 bills to fund government departments, including a bill that provides funding for the Department of Homeland Security. Foreign policy will also take center stage in September, with the vote on President Obama’s Iran Deal expected on September 17. Congressman Joyce expressed his reservations about this deal and indicated that he will vote against it.
Like AMAC members across the country, participants in the OH-14 town hall meeting respectfully voiced their frustration with the slow pace at which Congress works. Rep. Joyce stated that part of the problem is the ongoing, strategic use of the filibuster by Democrats in the Senate, which is holding up a number of bills that have been passed by the House and is preventing some legislation from coming to the Senate floor for a vote.
AMAC’s OH-14 Delegate, Victoria Todd-Smith, will be working with Congressman Joyce’s district office to schedule another town hall meeting for AMAC members during the congressional winter recess in early 2016.