Senate: Votes We Track

Senate: Votes We Score

Vote to advance S. 109, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act

S. 109 would codify the Hyde Amendment, by establishing a permanent, government-wide prohibition on federal funding for abortion, prohibiting federal subsidies in the form of Obamacare tax credits for health plans that include abortion, and strengthening disclosure requirements for plans that include abortion. This procedural, cloture vote would end debate on the bill, allowing it to move forward for a vote on the bill itself. Cloture votes have a 60-vote threshold, whereas a vote on the underlying bill would require only a simple majority. Susan B. Anthony List strongly supports this bill and the cloture to allow the bill to proceed. A vote for cloture is a pro-life vote.

Vote to advance S. 311, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

S. 311 would build on the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002 by criminalizing infanticide and clarifying the standard of care that must be given to babies born alive after failed abortions. Failure to provide this standard of reasonable care would lead to criminal prosecution of the abortionist, not the mother. In addition, the mother has a civil remedy of action against the abortionist should he fail to comply with the law. This procedural, cloture vote would end debate on the bill, allowing it to move forward for a vote on the bill itself. Cloture votes have a 60-vote threshold, whereas a vote on the underlying bill would require only a simple majority. Susan B. Anthony List strongly supports this bill and the cloture to allow the bill to proceed. A vote for cloture is a pro-life vote.

Vote to advance S. 3275, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

S. 3275 would protect unborn children after five months post-fertilization based on their ability to feel excruciating pain. Previous uninformed notions that unborn and newborn babies could not feel pain, or misinformation on the ability of preterm infants to survive, are refuted by a growing body of scientific evidence. The Pain-Capable bill is an important step in matching public policy with the growing body of scientific evidence of pain and advancing perinatal medicine.Cloture votes have a 60-vote threshold, whereas a vote on the underlying bill would require only a simple majority. Susan B. Anthony List strongly supports this bill and the cloture to allow the bill to advance toward a final vote. A vote for cloture is a pro-life vote.

Second vote to advance S. 311, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

This was the second attempt this Congress to try to advance to a vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. S. 311 would build on the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002 by criminalizing infanticide and clarifying the standard of care that must be given to babies born alive after failed abortions. Failure to provide this standard of reasonable care would lead to criminal prosecution of the abortionist, not the mother. In addition, the mother has a civil remedy of action against the abortionist should he fail to comply with the law. This cloture vote would end debate on the bill, allowing it to move forward for a vote on the bill itself. Cloture votes have a 60-vote threshold, whereas a vote on the underlying bill would require only a simple majority. Susan B. Anthony List strongly supports this bill and the cloture to allow the bill to advance toward a floor vote. A vote for cloture is a pro-life vote.

Senate: Important Past Votes

2015: Vote to Advance H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

H.R. 36 would protect unborn children halfway through pregnancy based on their ability to feel excruciating pain. Previous uninformed notions that unborn and newborn babies could not feel pain, or misinformation on the ability of preterm infants to survive, are refuted by a growing body of scientific evidence. The Pain-Capable bill is an important step in matching public policy with the growing body of scientific evidence of pain and advancing perinatal medicine. Cloture votes have a 60-vote threshold, whereas a vote on the underlying bill would require only a simple majority. Susan B. Anthony List strongly supports this bill and the cloture to allow the bill to advance toward a final vote. A vote for cloture is a pro-life vote.

2015: H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015

Using a budget reconciliation process that only requires a simple majority to pass the Senate, this bill would eliminate the largest sources of federal funding to Planned Parenthood, through Medicaid and other mandatory spending programs. Instead, about $400 million would be redirected to Community Health Centers and other Federally Qualified Health Centers, which, unlike Planned Parenthood, provide comprehensive health care for women and do not perform abortions.

2017: H.J. Res. 43, a Congressional Review Act Nullification of Obama Administration Title X Rule

The Congressional Review Act provides a way for Congress to overturn agency rules put in place by a President. At the end of his second term, President Obama issued a Title X family planning funding rule through the Department of Health and Human Services, forbidding states from defunding abortion providers of these funds and redirecting such funds to other health centers that do not perform abortions. Pro-life members of Congress successfully repealed this rule that came to be known as President Obama’s parting gift to Planned Parenthood.

2017: Confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court

President Trump nominated Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch to replace and carry on the legacy of the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch is a distinguished jurist with a strong record of protecting life and religious liberty, as evidenced by his opinions in the Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor cases, and in his doctoral dissertation in which he wrote that “human life is fundamentally and inherently valuable.” He also wrote a forceful dissent to the Tenth Circuit of Appeals’ ruling against Utah’s efforts to defund abortion providers.

2017: Vote to Advance H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017, allowing consideration of the Better Care Reconciliation Act

Using a budget reconciliation process that only requires a simple majority to pass the Senate, this bill would eliminate the largest sources of federal funding to Planned Parenthood. Instead, funds would be redirected to Community Health Centers and other Federally Qualified Health Centers, which, unlike Planned Parenthood, provide comprehensive health care for women and do not perform abortions. The bill would also repeal and replace Obamacare, rolling back the Obamacare abortion expansion which is the greatest deviation from the principle of the Hyde amendment ever – specifically allowing taxpayer funding for health coverage that includes abortion. Though the Senate took up the House bill American Health Care Act, in a procedural move, it substituted its own version known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act.

2017: Vote to Advance Amdt. 667, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, amending H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act

This amendment would allow the House and Senate to form a conference committee to further consider legislative details to defund abortion providers and repeal and replace Obamacare. It was a modified version that narrowed the scope of the Better Care Reconciliation Act while seeking a path forward.

2018: Vote to Advance S. 2311, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

S. 2311 would protect unborn children after halfway through pregnancy based on their ability to feel excruciating pain. Previous uninformed notions that unborn and newborn babies could not feel pain, or misinformation on the ability of preterm infants to survive, are refuted by a growing body of scientific evidence. The Pain-Capable bill is an important step in matching public policy with the growing body of scientific evidence of pain and advancing perinatal medicine. Cloture votes have a 60-vote threshold, whereas a vote on the underlying bill would require only a simple majority. Susan B. Anthony List strongly supports this bill and the cloture to allow the bill to advance toward a final vote. A vote for cloture is a pro-life vote.

2018: Paul Amendment #3967 to H.R. 6157, the Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act

This amendment to the Labor, Health and Human Services appropriations (spending) bill would cut off direct taxpayer funding through Medicaid and other mandatory spending programs from abortion businesses, including Planned Parenthood, for fiscal year 2019.

2018: Confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court

President Trump nominated D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy on the United States Supreme Court. Judge Kavanaugh is an experienced, principled jurist with a strong record of protecting life and constitutional rights, as evidenced by his opinions in Garza v. Hargan and Priests for Life v. HHS. In these cases, Judge Kavanaugh forcefully rejected the ACLU’s assertion of a new constitutional right of abortion on demand for illegal immigrant minors in U.S. custody, and refused to apply Obamacare’s burdensome HHS abortifacient mandate to religious entities.