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Musgrave Votes To Put Pregnant Women At Risk - 3/9/2006


For Immediate Release
March 9, 2006

Contact: Gary Chandler 970-308-0986 or Angie Paccione (970) 227-8886

Musgrave Votes to Put Pregnant Women at Risk

By Voting Against an Amendment by Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) to the Uniformity for Food Act, Musgrave Voted Against Protections for Pregnant Women

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(Fort Collins, CO) – In a late vote yesterday, Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave voted “no” on an amendment by Florida Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-20) that would have provided essential information and protection to pregnant women and newborn children. Schultz’s amendment calls for warnings on food in order to inform consumers about methylmercury exposure which can lead to child motor retardation and impaired memory, attention, and language skills.

“Here she goes again,” said Angie Paccione, who is challenging Musgrave in the 4th Congressional District of Colorado. “Musgrave says one thing, and she does another.  She claims she’s pro-family, but her votes tell the true story. She’s made some very harmful anti-family votes in the past, but to vote against protecting pregnant women is a new low even for her.”

Musgrave Votes Against Protections for Pregnant Women.  Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) introduced a methylmercury protection amendment to the National Uniformity for Food Act (HR 4167) to add protection for pregnant women exposed to dangerous levels of methylmercury. Methylmercury exposure is toxic to the developing brain.  Extreme parental exposure can lead to child motor retardation and impaired memory, attention, and language skills. [H.R. 4167, Vote #30, 3/8/06]

Angie Paccione is currently the State Representative from District 53 in Northern Colorado. In the State House, Paccione has made healthcare, education, and jobs her main priorities. “The families that Musgrave represents were done a real disservice yesterday,” said Paccione. “Come this November, voters will hold her accountable for not protecting mothers.”

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