97% of House Republicans vote to allow interstate abortion bans
209 House Republicans voted against abortion rights
All Republicans voted against the Women’s Health Protection Act (H. R. 8296), which enshrines the protections of Roe v. Wade into law. Reps. Cheney (WY) and Gonzalez (OH) did not vote.
One Democrat, Rep. Cuellar (TX), voted against the bill. Cuellar won a close runoff last month against progressive challenger Jessica Cisneros.
Rep. Cathay McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) took to the floor in opposition (clip):
This is the human rights issue of our generation. Do not close your ears. Do not close your eyes. Do not close your heart. Is it by dehumanizing life and promoting a culture that destroys the weakest among us, is that how we do it? Or is it by making abortion unthinkable, leading a new era where every person’s god-given unalienable human rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all, the way we will define ourselves. Let’s come together. Let’s protect the human rights of the unborn. We cannot deny life. To the most disadvantaged and marginalized among us, they have no voice to defend themselves.
205 House Republicans voted against protecting interstate travel for reproductive care
All Republicans except three voted against the Ensuring Access to Abortion Act (H. R. 8297), which guarantees the right to travel across state lines for abortion services. GOP Reps. Fitzpatrick (PA), Kinzinger (IL), and Upton (MI) voted with all Democrats in favor of the measure.
Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) took to the floor to “bet” Democratic lawmakers that they couldn’t tell him when “life” begins (clip).
195 House Republicans voted against protecting contraception access
All but eight Republicans voted against the Right to Contraception Act (H. R. 8373), which codifies the right to access birth control. GOP Reps. Cheney (WY), Fitzpatrick (PA), Gonzalez (OH), Katko (NY), Kinzinger (IL), Mace (SC), Salazar (FL), and Upton (MI) voted with Democrats to pass the bill.
In urging her colleagues to vote against the Right to Contraception Act, Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL) called the bill the “right to deception act” and claimed that it violated religious freedom (clip):
This jeopardizes constitutional rights of individuals and organizations across this great land by forcing providers to prescribe various forms of contraception that violates their religious rights. We are a nation that upholds and values religious freedom and this bill here today flies in the face of individuals with religious liberty concerns. As a constitutional conservative, I’m also disturbed by the provisions within this bill that attempt to provide a backdoor abortion service provider like planned parenthood to tap into more federal taxpayer dollars…
This bill is looking to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. But more than that, in seeking to solve a problem that doesn’t exist, you want to spend more of our taxpayer money to grow the size and scope of government and to allow more abortions to occur and kill our children. Cool. You all are a real piece of work. Folks back home—they see right through this and they’ll see through it in november. I urge opposition to this bill.
Six Republicans did not vote: Burchett (TN), Davis (IL), McCaul (TX), Miller (WV), and Steube (FL).
157 House Republicans voted against marriage equality
All but 47 Republicans voted against the Respect for Marriage Act (H. R. 8404), which requires the federal government to respect same-sex couples’ already-existing marriages.
The Republicans who broke with their party to support the bill include: Armstrong (ND), Bacon (NE), Bentz (OR), Calvert (CA), Cammack (FL), Carey (OH), Cheney (WY), Curtis (UT), Dacis (IL), Diaz-Balart (FL), Emmer (MN), Fitzpatrick (PA), Garbarino (NY), Garcia (CA), Gimenez (FL), Gonzales (TX), Gonzalez (OH), Hinson (IA), Issa (CA), Jacobs (NY), Joyce (OH), Katko (NY), Kinzinger (IL), Mace (SC), Malliotakis (NY), Mast (FL), Meijer (MI), Meuser (PA), Miller-Meeks (IA), Moore (UT), Newhouse (WA), Obernolte (CA), Owens (UT), Perry (PA), Rice (SC), Salazar (FL), Simpson (ID), Stefanik (NY), Steil (WI), Stewart (UT), Turner (OH), Upton (MI), Valadao (CA), Van Drew (NJ), Wagner (MI), Waltz (FL), and Zeldin (NY).
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) took to the floor to claim that the right to same-sex marriage is not at risk while at the same time defending the right of states to ban same-sex marriage, should “voters” choose to do so (clip):
As I said in the outset, and as Mr. Johnson and Mr. Roy have said, we think this legislation is unnecessary. Justice Alito was very clear: the Dobbs’ decision should not be mischaracterized to cast doubt on precedents that do not concern abortion. The court couldn’t have been clearer. The Obergefell decision undid what 35 states have on law in their respective states. In 30 of those states it was the vote of the people. But this legislation is going to go after the decision of the respective states, and as I said the voters in those states, and we have indicated this is an effort to intimidate the court.
Bills introduced last week
This is not a comprehensive list, just a small selection of bills.
Rep. Pete Stauber (R-MN) introduced a resolution, H. Res. 1252, demanding the Secretary of the Interior turn over documents and communications relating to mining in the Superior National Forest in northern Minnesota. Stauber is upset that the Biden administration and House Democrats intend to ban mining in the protected area:
For over 135 years, northern Minnesota has had a proud mining tradition that helped the United States win two world wars and provided prosperity for our Northland communities. It should be at the forefront of our current and future domestic mineral supply chains. However, House Democrats, inspired by the anti-mining Biden Administration, advanced a bill that directly threatens our mining industry, our union workforce, and our communities’ livelihoods.
Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) introduced a bill, H.R.8461, to prohibit government agencies from engaging with nongovernmental organizations “to conduct voter registration or voter mobilization activities on the property or website of the agency.” Reps. Claudia Tenney (R-NY), Ralph Norman (R-SC), Ronny Jackson, Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Mary Miller (R-IL), Scott Fitzgerald (R-WI), and Alex Mooney (R-WV) co-sponsored the bill.
“President Biden’s executive order empowering every federal agency to engage in electioneering on the taxpayers’ dime raises serious ethical and legal concerns. This sweeping directive is inherently partisan and directed primarily at groups expected to vote for one party over another,” [Budd said].
Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) introduced legislation, S. 4596, to prohibit the federal government from using the social cost of greenhouse gases to inform policy decisions. Co-sponsor Roy Blunt (R-MO) said in a statement that the social cost of carbon is used to “invent new ways to enact a radical, green-energy agenda that Americans cannot afford.”
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) reintroduced the No Shame at School Act (H.R. 8477) to “prohibit school districts from publicly identifying and shaming students who are unable to pay for school meals or hiring debt collectors to recover unpaid school meal debt.” The bill further allows schools to be retroactively reimbursed for meals served to a child.
“The right to organize is not just protected by law, it is the official policy of the U.S. government to encourage workers to exercise this right,” said Congresswoman Chu. “However, our tax code provides companies lucrative tax breaks for the hundreds of millions of dollars they spend yearly to upend pro-union action and organizing. The No Tax Breaks for Union Busting Act would not only end taxpayer subsidies for these anti-union efforts, but would give workers the fair shot they deserve to form a union.”