Schakowsky Blasts Select Panel Republicans' Secretive and Flawed Final Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky released the following statement in response to the Select Panel Republicans’ final report, which was drafted in secret, without any input from Panel Democrats:

“History will not look kindly upon this Panel.   Panel Republicans spent nearly $1.6 million taxpayer dollars chasing inflammatory lies being peddled by anti-abortion extremists.  Their inappropriate working relationship with these groups put law-abiding doctors and researchers at risk. 

“After fifteen months investigating the secretly-recorded and deceptively-edited video allegations, Panel Republicans have uncovered no evidence of wrongdoing.  Yet, rather than ‘follow the facts where they lead,’ as Chair Blackburn promised, Panel Republicans ignored them. 

Ranking Member Schakowsky Calls on Chairman Upton to Follow Regular Order

December 28, 2016

 

The Honorable Fred Upton

Chairman

Committee on Energy and Commerce

2125 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Chairman Upton:

Attached is the report of the Democratic Members of the Select Investigative Panel, “Setting the Record Straight: The Unjustifiable Attack on Women’s Health Care and Life-Saving Research.”  As detailed in our report, and after fifteen months and nearly $1.6 million taxpayer dollars, the Select Panel found no evidence of wrongdoing by health care providers, researchers, or tissue procurement companies. 

Panel Democrats Denounce Republicans' Continued Reliance on Secret, Withheld "Evidence"

Panel Democrats Call on Speaker Ryan to Intervene

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky and the Select Panel Democratic Members sent a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan asking that he take immediate steps to ensure that Panel Democrats have access to documents and source information obtained by Panel Republicans and used as the basis of Republican allegations of criminal misconduct.

Democrats Release Select Investigative Panel Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Democratic Members of the Select Investigative Panel issued a 112-page report entitled, “Setting the Record Straight: The Unjustifiable Attack on Women’s Health Care and Life-Saving Research”

“Fifteen months after the Select Panel was created and after spending more than $1.5 million in taxpayer dollars, the American public deserves an accurate accounting of what the Select Panel has learned,” wrote the Members.  “Despite the repeated false rhetoric of Panel Republicans, this investigation has found no evidence of wrongdoing by researchers, health care providers, clinics, or companies who help facilitate life-saving research.”

Schakowsky Blasts Additional Funding for Select Investigative Panel

Total Cost to Exceed $1.5 Million

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Select Panel Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky spoke on the House floor in opposition to H.Res. 933, which provides another $800,000 for the Select Panel – bringing the total to more than $1.5 million.   

Prepared Remarks of Rep. Jan Schakowsky

“Madam Speaker, I rise in opposition to this resolution to fund the Select Investigative Panel - the panel that we call the Select Panel to Attack Women’s Health.

It should come as no surprise that one of the Republicans first acts upon returning to Washington is to approve additional funding for the Select Investigative Panel - doubling its budget - and putting it on track to spend nearly $1.6 million of taxpayer funds by the end of this year.

Schakowsky Blasts Additional Funding for Select Investigative Panel

Total Cost to Exceed $1.5 Million

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Select Panel Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky released the following statement in response to the Committee on House Administration’s approval of a resolution providing an additional $800,000 for the Select Investigative Panel:

“One of the Republican Congress’s first acts upon returning to Washington was to approve additional funding for the Select Investigative Panel, doubling its budget and putting it on track to spend over $1.5  million of taxpayer funds by the end of this year.

Schakowsky Denounces Select Panel on Its One Year Anniversary

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Select Panel Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky released the following statement on the one-year anniversary of the Panel:

“When Congress spends over a million dollars, hardworking Americans should expect that something good will result – that their taxpayer dollars will be used to make their lives better. 

In the case of the Select Investigative Panel, the results are the exact opposite.  This purely partisan effort has caused affirmative harm – not just attacking women’s access to health centers and reproductive services but undermining potentially life-saving medical research.  Studies and clinical trials on diseases and conditions that impact millions of Americans have been delayed or halted.   Some doctors have been put at risk because their names have been released by Panel Republicans.

Schakowsky Denounces Select Panel's Chilling Impact on Life-Saving Research

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Select Panel Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky delivered the following statement denouncing the Panel’s dangerous, chilling impact on life-saving research and renewing the call to disband the Panel.

Floor Remarks of Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky as Prepared for Delivery

Last week, Republicans on the Select Panel voted to recommend criminal contempt against a small biotech company and its owner and also released publicly the name of a doctor who had been interviewed privately by the Panel.  These actions are a disgrace to the House.

Democrats Condemn Illegal Meeting on Contempt

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Democratic Members of the Select Investigative Panel released the following statement:

“Chair Blackburn and the Select Investigative Panel have no authority to report contempt to the House or the Speaker.  This illegal meeting is a continuation of the Republican inquisition designed to harass, intimidate, and drive companies away from fetal tissue research.  That work has been critical to our understanding of human biology and efforts to find new treatments for a wide variety of life-threatening diseases – from A to Z – Alzheimer’s to Zika.”

“Chair Blackburn and the Republicans’ abusive, dangerous, and unlawful actions need to end.  We will fight this abuse of congressional authority every step of the way.”

Ranking Member Schakowsky Condemns Republican Threat of Contempt Against Small Biotech Company

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky issued the following statement in response to the announcement that the Select Investigative Panel will be meeting to consider a report recommending that the House of Representatives hold StemExpress in criminal contempt of Congress:

“Chair Blackburn has manufactured a controversy over information that she does not need.  Her threat to punish a small biotech company and its owner is particularly outrageous given the company’s compliance with her unilateral subpoena demands.  The McCarthyesque threat that StemExpress ‘name names’ of all employees or face congressional contempt is disgraceful.   We will fight this continued abuse of congressional authority every step of the way.”

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