Wasserman Schultz: GOP "opposed to letting women voice their opinions on health care"

By Emily Wales on
November 9, 2009
Debbie Wasserman Schultz

We were shocked to watch Republican members of Congress attempt to silence members of the Democratic Women's Caucus as they spoke on the House floor this Saturday. But as frustrating as it was to watch, it must have been even more maddening for the women members who couldn't finish a sentence.

As EMILY's List alum Florida Cong. Debbie Wasserman Schultz pointed out, however, it wasn't just unbelievably rude. It also revealed exactly how GOPers view their women colleagues -- and women in general.

"We already have had a clear sense that Republicans were opposed to our efforts at advancing women's health interests. Now we know that they are opposed to letting women voice their opinions on health care as well...I've been in office for 17 years, and I have never seen a more disrespectful display than the one put on by my colleagues on the other side of the aisle Saturday morning, when they literally shouted down a group of female members who were just trying to discuss how the House health care reform bill will help women."

During a conference call with reporters today, Wasserman Schultz referred to the GOP actions as "Republicans' 'back-of-the-hand' treatment to women."

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