Washington, D.C. — Following his vote yesterday for the Democrat rules package, U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) released the following statement:
“I supported the Rules package before the House today because I stand firmly in my support for the set of principles put forth by the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus to make the House run more efficiently. Bills with broad support will now be considered quickly and the legislative process will become more transparent. I am hopeful that with these changes, the institution will function in a more bipartisan manner.
“I also stand by my pledge to support protections within the Affordable Care Act for individuals with pre-existing conditions. Last Congress, I joined a bipartisan resolution expressing the need for Congress to act swiftly to reinstate these protections should they be hindered by any court ruling. The Rules package I supported today contains provisions allowing the House to defend these protections. With the changes made today, I urge Democrats to use this authority to fight for those with pre-existing conditions – not abuse their power to explore or re-visit decided legal challenges within the Affordable Care Act.”