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Pelosi On Health Markup, Romney Tax Returns

July 19, 2012
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called a GOP spending bill that includes cuts to implementing the Affordable Care Act and defunding Planned Parenthood "an immorality."

The Labor, Health and Human Services appropriations bill was marked up on Wednesday and includes major cuts to the the Labor and Health and Human Services departments and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds NPR.

"What they marked up, is really, in my view, an immorality, an immorality, to ignore scientific opportunity to make the American people healthier," Pelosi said during her Thursday press conference.

Pelosi also called upon House Republicans to schedule a Ways and Means Committee markup of tax legislation, although she acknowledged it's not that likely.

"We think a matter of this magnitude should have a markup in committee where both parties can offer amendments and there can be a full discussion in committee before it comes to the floor."

But Pelosi spent most of her time during Thursday's news conference answering questions about whether Mitt Romney should release his tax returns

"That is the custom for people running for president and why wouldn't you? " she said.

When pressed on whether members of Congress should be held to the same standard as presidential candidates, she told reporters that "some people think the same standard should be held for the ownership of the news media in this country who are writing these stories about all of this.  What do you think of that?"

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