Prior to a state legislative committee hearing on Planned Parenthood, which Republican U.S. Rep. Diane Black planned to attend, Tennessee Democratic Chair Mary Mancini issued a press release decrying the GOP “witch hunt.” Black responded. So did state Republican Chairman Ryan Haynes. The press releases follow.
News release from Tennessee Democratic Party
“Tennessee Republican legislators are falling in lock step behind Diane Black and the Republican National Committee and publicly showcasing how they’d rather follow their leaders in Washington instead of working to address the very real problems that face Tennesseans today.
Here’s the reality: 280,000 hardworking men and women across the state still don’t have access to affordable healthcare because Republicans failed to pass Insure TN; Hundreds of corrections officers are being overworked and underpaid while Governor Haslam’s Tennessee Department of Corrections (TDOC) appointee says ‘no problems here;’ Thousands of maintenance and operations workers are about to lose their jobs so that politically connected corporations can line their pocket with state contracts; and hardworking Tennesseans still can’t make a decent living because the Republicans won’t raise the minimum wage. Yet these same Republican legislators want to waste time and taxpayer money looking for a problem that doesn’t exist in Tennessee to score political points like Diane Black, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell?