Congressman John Shimkus

Representing the 15th District of Illinois


Shimkus Votes to Override Obama's Veto

Feb 2, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) voted Tuesday to override President Obama’s veto of legislation to repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood. The vote, which required a two-thirds majority to pass, failed 240-186.

“With today’s override vote, Congress succeeded in taking the fight against Obamacare all the way to its Constitutional end,” said Shimkus. “While the outcome means this misguided law will survive the final year of the Obama Administration, it also shows a way around the Senate filibuster and a clear path to repeal under a new president.”  

The legislation also would have ended all taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood.

“I’ve voted at every opportunity to fully defund Planned Parenthood,” said Shimkus. “The reality is that, like repealing Obamacare, tightening those purse strings will take nothing less than a bill signed by the president. That’s a goal I support because every life has dignity, and every life is precious, from conception to natural death.”