House: Votes We Score

H.R. 21, the Consolidated Appropriations Act 

Nancy Pelosi’s first act as Speaker of the House in the 116th Congress was to offer the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019 that would overturn a major pro-life policy, Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance (PLGHA). Overturning this policy would force taxpayer funding for international NGOs that promote or perform abortion. The American people have repeatedly voiced their opposition to taxpayer-funded abortion and in implementing the PLGHA, President Trump honored their will by taking immediate action to stop U.S. exportation of abortion around the world on taxpayers’ dime. Susan B. Anthony List strongly opposed efforts to overturn this important policy. A vote against H.R. 21 is a pro-life vote.

Procedural vote on H.R. 21, the Consolidated Appropriations Act 

This procedural vote offered by Republicans sought to amend the Consolidated Appropriations Act to restore Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance (PLGHA). The PLGHA is the modernized and expanded Mexico City Policy, implemented by President Trump to stop U.S. taxpayer funding of international NGOs who perform or promote abortion overseas. Susan B. Anthony List strongly supports the PLGHA. A vote for the procedural vote is a pro-life vote.

H.R. 5, the Equality Act

The Equality Act’s redefinition of sex and sex discrimination would put abortion on equal standing as pregnancy, while stipulating that any attempt to withhold abortion services constitutes discrimination. The bill’s definition of sex discrimination has already been interpreted by courts to put abortion in the same category as pregnancy and childbirth. The Equality Act could roll back decades of pro-life policy on the state and federal level, and force health care workers and entities to participate in abortion. Efforts to make this bill abortion-neutral were rejected. Susan B. Anthony List strongly opposed this attempt to massively expand so-called abortion rights. A vote against this bill is a pro-life vote.

Cole Amendment #1 to H.R. 2740, the Labor Health and Human Services Appropriations Act

The H.R. 2740 appropriations package includes Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) appropriations. A rider was added to the underlying bill that blocks the Trump administration’s Conscience Protection rule. The Cole amendment would amend the House LHHS appropriations text to restore the Trump administration’s conscience protection rule. Susan B. Anthony List strongly supports the Conscience Protection rule and efforts to stop the blocking of its implementation. A vote for the Cole amendment is a pro-life vote.

Roby Amendment #9 to H.R. 2740, the Labor Health and Human Services Appropriations Act

The H.R. 2740 appropriations package includes Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) appropriations. A rider was added to the underlying bill that blocks the Trump administration’s Protect Life Rule, which would ensure that Title X family planning grant recipients be “physically and financially separate from abortion-providing facilities.” This amendment would amend the House LHHS appropriations text to restore the Trump administration’s Protect Life Rule (Title X). Susan B. Anthony List strongly supports the Protect Life Rule and efforts to stop the blocking of its implementation. A vote for the Roby amendment is a pro-life vote.

Pocan Amendment #1 to H.R. 2740, the Labor Health and Human Services Appropriations Act

The H.R. 2740 appropriations package includes Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) appropriations. The Pocan amendment would amend LHHS appropriations by blocking the Trump administration’s protections against taxpayer funding for research involving organs and tissue from aborted babies. It would accomplish this by blocking the creation of ethics advisory boards to review applications and renewals for research involving human fetal tissue. Susan B. Anthony List strongly supports the policy regarding fetal tissue, and strongly opposes this effort to block the policy’s implementation. A vote against the Pocan Amendment is a pro-life vote.

Lesko Amendment #78 to H.R. 2740, the Labor Health and Human Services Appropriations Act

The H.R. 2740 appropriations package includes State and Foreign Operations appropriations. A rider was added to make available a greater amount of money through Global Health Programs for family planning and reproductive health, making the funding level of $750 million a floor rather than a ceiling figure. While Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Policy prevents funding to foreign non-governmental organizations that promote or perform abortion, domestic abortion promoters still receive these funds and would benefit from this increased funding floor. The Lesko amendment would strike this requirement. Susan B. Anthony List strongly opposes increases in international family planning money, and strongly supports efforts to curb such spending. A vote for the Lesko amendment is a pro-life vote.

H.R. 2740, the Labor Health and Human Services Appropriations Act

The H.R. 2740 appropriations package would overturn the President’s Protect Life Rule, Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance, Conscience Protections, and pro-life policy on fetal tissue research, while also increasing foreign aid for US-based groups that promote abortion overseas. President Trump promised to veto any legislation that weakens pro-life protections, saying in a letter to Speaker Pelosi, “I will veto any legislation that weakens current pro-life Federal policies and laws, or that encourages the destruction of innocent human life at any stage.” Susan B. Anthony List strongly supports each of the President’s pro-life policies under attack in this appropriations package, and strongly opposes efforts to block their implementation as well as to increase funding for groups that promote abortion overseas. A vote against H.R. 2740 is a pro-life vote.

H.R. 3351, the Financial Services Appropriations Act 

The H.R. 3351 appropriations bill includes hostile language that would gut the longstanding Dornan Amendment, also known as the D.C. Hyde Amendment, which prevents taxpayer funded abortion in Washington, D.C. President Trump promised to veto any legislation that weakens pro-life protections, saying in a letter to Speaker Pelosi, “I will veto any legislation that weakens current pro-life Federal policies and laws, or that encourages the destruction of innocent human life at any stage.” In 2009, Democrats succeeded in temporarily repealing the amendment, which was quickly restored in 2011. During that time, taxpayers paid for no less than 300 abortions in Washington, D.C. Susan B. Anthony List strongly supports the Dornan Amendment and strongly opposes any efforts to weaken it and allow taxpayer funded elective abortion in our nation’s capital. A vote against H.R. 3351 is a pro-life vote.

Discharge Petition on H.R. 962, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act 

Because Speaker Pelosi refuses to allow a vote on the underlying bill, this procedural effort to force a vote on the bill is being treated as a vote on the Susan B. Anthony List National Pro-Life Scorecard. If a majority of the House members sign a discharge petition, a vote will be automatically triggered without needing Speaker Pelosi’s approval. The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act builds on the 2002 Born-Alive Infants Protection Act by creating standards of care by which abortion survivors must be treated, establishing penalties for healthcare workers who fail to comply, and giving mothers a private right of action to sue for civil remedies. Signing the discharge petition is considered a pro-life vote.

Vote to amend H.R. 535, the PFAS Action Act 

This vote to amend by offering a motion to recommit with instructions (MTR) offered by Republicans sought to amend a bill that regulates chemicals that may be toxic, to recognize the unborn as a class of potentially vulnerable populations. Susan B. Anthony List strongly supports the effort to include the unborn as a protected class. A vote in favor of this motion is a pro-life vote.

H.J.Res. 79, Removing the deadline for the ratification of the equal rights amendment 

H.J.Res. 79 attempts to revive the ratification process for the long-expired Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) – an amendment that has been interpreted by the courts to install a sweeping legal mandate for abortion on demand, funded with taxpayer dollars, into the United States Constitution. The ERA finds the enactment of any law that imposes a rule or condition that applies to one sex and not to the other as discriminatory on the basis of sex; thus, any law limiting abortion or imposing upon it such conditions as a funding limit could be struck down as violating the ERA. Susan B. Anthony List strongly opposes the ERA and any attempts to revive it. A vote against H.J.Res. 79 is a pro-life vote.

Vote to amend H.R. 2339, the Protecting American Lungs and Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act

This vote to amend by offering a motion to recommit with instructions (MTR) offered by Republicans sought to amend a health-related tobacco bill by attaching the text of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Because Speaker Pelosi had refused to bring up the bill for a vote, this was a successful, strategic effort to force a vote on the Born-Alive bill. The amendment would create standards of care by which abortion survivors must be treated, establish penalties for healthcare workers who fail to comply, and give mothers a private right of action to sue for civil remedies. Susan B. Anthony List strongly supports the effort to include the Born-Alive bill text in a health-related bill. A vote in favor of this motion is a pro-life vote.

H.R. 6800, the Heroes Act

This bill spends trillions of dollars exploiting a national emergency while foisting a radical abortion agenda on the American people. The bill includes funding for abortion and health insurance plans that cover elective abortion, offers subsidies for the abortion industry, and provides hazard pay for abortion providers during the pandemic. Though previous pandemic-related relief bills had applied the Hyde Amendment, this bill pushes funding for abortion in direct violation to the Hyde Amendment.

H.R. 51, the Washington, DC Admission Act

A constitutionally suspect issue of turning the seat of the federal government of the United States into a state and removing it from federal jurisdiction, D.C. statehood would also lead to an increase in funding for abortion through Medicaid. It would remove the ability for the federal government to limit funding for elective abortion in Washington, D.C. through the Dornan Amendment (also known as the D.C. Hyde amendment). Additionally, the admission of D.C. as a state would add two Democratic senators to the Senate who would stand in the way of pro-life legislation designed to defend our most basic rights, and would vote in lockstep against originalist judicial nominations or any nominees who would not conform fully to Roe v. Wade jurisprudence.

H.R. 1425, the State Health Care Premium Reduction Act 

This bill would increase federal funding of abortion coverage by amending and expanding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), pouring millions more dollars into health plans that include elective abortion. To date, Obamacare is the largest single deviation from the Hyde amendment, and this bill would only increase the amount of money going to insurance plans that cover abortion in direct violation of Hyde.

H.R. 7608, the State and Foreign Operations, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2021

In violation of the Bipartisan Budget Agreement for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021, this appropriations package eliminates President Trump’s Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance, the modernized Mexico City Policy, and prevent its future implementation. It would dramatically increase funding for international family planning that without the PLGHA can flow to both foreign and domestic groups who perform or promote abortion overseas. It also funds the UNFPA, an organization with a long history of being complicit in coercive abortion practices overseas, while weakening the Kemp-Kasten amendment that prohibits funding for organizations that support or participate in the management of programs involving coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization. Additionally, the bill includes expansive language on assisted reproductive technologies for veterans without any pro-life protections, leaving no limit to the number of embryos potentially destroyed. 

H.R. 7617, the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Financial Services Appropriations Act, 2021

In violation of the Bipartisan Budget Agreement for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021, this appropriations package eliminates President Trump’s Protect Life Rule and restores grant funding for organizations – like Planned Parenthood – that use abortion as a method of family planning. It overturns the Trump Administration’s vital conscience protection rules as well as the recent rule clarifying that the federal definition of sex discrimination under the Affordable Care Act (Section 1557) does not include abortion. The bill also prevents implementation of the Trump Administration’s rules regarding religious and moral exemptions that the Supreme Court recently upheld in the case of the Little Sisters of the Poor. The bill would also gut the longstanding, lifesaving Dornan Amendment, also known as the D.C. Hyde Amendment.