“YES” on the Conscience Protection Act of 2016 (S. 304)

On Wednesday, the House is scheduled to vote on the Conscience Protection Act of 2016 (S. 304), initially introduced by Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) 90% as H.R. 4828. This bill is a critical and timely response to a decision by California’s Department of Managed Health Care which forces all health plans under their jurisdiction to cover elective abortions for any reason, including late term abortions and sex-selective abortions. The Department is even forcing plans provided by churches and other religious organizations to cover these life-ending procedures, despite their religious convictions.

This California edict, first issued in 2014, is a blatant violation of current federal law, known as the Weldon and Hyde amendments, which prohibit states receiving taxpayer funds under federal law from discriminating against health insurance plans that don’t cover abortion. Even more troubling, than California’s disregard of these protections, however, is the Obama Administration’s refusal to enforce them. 

The Daily Signal reports:

Amendments to House Interior-EPA Appropriations (H.R. 5538)

Heritage Action will key vote the following three amendments to H.R. 5538, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act:

Key Vote Alert: “NO” on Graham-Jolly Amendment to Restrict Coastal Exploration Research

This week the House will vote on an amendment offered by Rep. Gwen Graham (D-FL) 16%, Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) 41% and Rep. Curt Clawson (R-FL) 87%, to H.R. 5538, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill for FY 2017. This amendment would prohibit funds to be used to research, investigate, or study offshore drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico Planning Area of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

“NO” on Mandatory GMO Labeling Act (S. 764)

This week, the House is scheduled to vote on S. 764, a Senate-passed bill authored by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) 53% and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) 2% that would create a new federal labeling requirement for GMO products.

The new GMO labeling requirements passed by the Senate stand in stark contrast to the approach advocated by the House. In their “A Better Way” blueprint — a product of Speaker Ryan’s task force on the economy and regulations — House Republicans embraced voluntary labeling standards:

“YES” on Separation of Powers Restoration Act (H.R. 4768)

This week, the House is expected to vote on H.R. 4768, the Separation of Powers Restoration Act (SOPRA), sponsored by Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) 95%.  

As one of the legislative proposals in the Constitution Task Force, SOPRA would end decades of excessive judicial deference to executive branch agencies when interpreting statutes, a practice known as Chevron Deference. Established by a 1984 Supreme Court decision, Chevron, U.S.A., Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., Chevron deference has created a dangerous precedence of having the court defer to the agency when reviewing interpretation of an ambiguous law, as long as the agency’s interpretation is not “unreasonable.”  But by doing so, the courts have made the executive branch stronger at the expense of Congress.

Amendments to Financial Services Appropriations (H.R. 5485)

Heritage Action will key vote the following six amendments to H.R. 5485, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act:

Key Vote Alert: “YES” Davidson “Draft Our Daughters” Prohibition

This week, the House will vote on an amendment offered by Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH) 90% to H.R. 5485, the Financial Services Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2017. His amendment would prohibit the use of funds to change the Selective Service System registration requirements to force young women between the ages of 18 and 26 to sign up for the Selective Service. This amendment would confirm the previous House opposition to this policy during consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act.