Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

Congressman Serrano Speaks Out Against Passage of H.R. 3495

Sep 30, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC — Today, Congressman José E. Serrano released the following statement on the passage of the Women’s Public Health and Safety Act (H.R. 3495). Republicans introduced H.R 3495 as a way to keep public health care providers, including Planned Parenthood, from receiving Medicaid funding for reproductive health services. Congressman Serrano voted against the bill, which would prevent millions of women who use Medicaid from accessing critical preventative and primary health care.

“Time and time again Republicans have attempted to strip women of their right to access reproductive health services. The government has no place in dictating what a woman can and should do with her body. This bill would adversely compromise the health and well-being of millions of women who depend on public health providers. I cannot, and will not, stand by and watch women’s rights be violated. That is why I voted against this bill,” said Congressman Serrano.

H.R. 3495 passed the House of Representatives yesterday by a vote of 236 to 193.


Congressman José E. Serrano has represented The Bronx in Congress since 1990.