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Democrats Strike Down Wagner Legislation to Ensure Safe Access to Hospitals

Sep 15, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO), Chair of the House Suburban Caucus, released the following statement after House Democrats voted down H.R. 8251, her legislation to ensure safe access to hospitals and urgent medical care. 

“I am outraged at the hatred directed at our nation’s law enforcement officers that resulted in the attempted assassination of two innocent deputies in Los Angeles.  These horrific actions also put at risk more innocent lives when rioters blocked the entrance to a hospital where the officers were receiving critical care and shouted, ‘Death to the police’ and ‘We hope they die.’  

“Today I introduced commonsense legislation that would prohibit the intentional blocking of hospital entrances or exits by force, the threat of force, or physical obstruction in order to interfere with anyone who is trying to obtain or provide lifesaving medical treatment.

“It is shameful my colleagues on the other side of the aisle voted this down. We must stand together in condemning violent behavior that could prevent innocent citizens from receiving necessary medical care and ensure our hospitals are accessible for all.” 

Rep. Wagner spoke on the House Floor in support of this bill and you can watch her speech here.