Ayotte Needs to Stop Playing Politics with Trafficking Victims, Strip Measures Restricting Women's Access to Health Care from Bill
“From holding funding for homeland security hostage, to signing a reckless letter to the leaders of Iran undermining U.S. foreign policy, to playing politics with a human trafficking bill, Kelly Ayotte has repeatedly put partisan politics before our national security and public safety,” said former New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Kathy Sullivan. “There is no place for measures restricting women’s access to health care in a human trafficking bill. Kelly Ayotte needs to listen to the House Republican sponsor of the bill and call for the removal of the measures restricting women’s access to health care.”
The House Republican sponsor of the bill, Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN), told the Minneapolis Star Tribune, “There is no reason it should be included in these bills. This issue is far too important to tie it up with an unrelated fight with politics as usual… To me, this is about saving lives.”
It’s hardly the first time that Ayotte has sided with Republican leadership against the interests of the people of New Hampshire.
On the issue of why Kelly Ayotte signed the discredited Iran letter while other Republicans like Maine’s Susan Collins refused, NHPR’s Josh Rogers said, “This was something that leadership in the Republican Senate, they went for this and [Ayotte] tends to go along with them.”