LGBTQ Advocates Rejoice Halt of Trumpcare Vote, Schumer’s Promise to Filibuster Gorsuch Nomination



WASHINGTON, DC, March 24, 2017—The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund is welcoming the House of Representative’s decision to pull the so-called American Health Care Act from today’s scheduled floor vote. The legislation had failed to secure the necessary votes to pass, following weeks of public outcry and advocacy in opposition by LGBTQ activists, civil rights leaders, and health care advocates. 

“We are relieved to learn that Trumpcare has been pulled from consideration and that, at least for now, the Affordable Care Act still stands,” said Rea Carey, Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund. “Under the proposed Trumpcare, the so-called American Health Care Act, an estimated 24 million people stand to lose health care coverage. And while Trumpcare has been stalled for now, our work must continue to stop this very harmful piece of legislation.” 

The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund has been mobilizing its 200,000 members to take action against Trumpcare and the Administration’s attacks on freedom, justice and equity. Since the beginning of the year, the Task Force has organized actions in Miami, Orlando, Philadelphia and elsewhere calling on U.S. Senators to vote against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and Attorney General Sessions. 

“We are also ecstatic to hear that Senator Schumer plans to filibuster Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Gorsuch is an outlier judge, whose extremists opinions are the antithesis of the Court’s philosophies, and his confirmation poses a fundamental threat to the lives and wellbeing of LGBTQ people. We urge everyone to continue calling on their Senators to vote against Gorsuch’s nomination, and for members of Congress to use every tool at their disposal to defeat Trumpcare,” said Carey.

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