“YES” on No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 7)

Today, the House will vote on the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015 (H.R. 7).  The bill, sponsored by Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Christopher Smith43%House Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard43%, would establish a permanent, government-wide prohibition on federal taxpayer funding of abortion and health benefits plans that include coverage of abortion, as well as prevent federal tax dollars from being entangled in abortion coverage under Obamacare.

The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act is a good pro-life, pro-taxpayer bill that has earned Heritage Action’s support in the past.  However, the merits of this bill do not justify the House’s refusal to consider the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36)–a bill that would have saved 11,000 lives each year and had broad support among men, women, independents and all age groups, including millennials.  The Republican-controlled House should bring this bill to the floor without delay and without watering it down.

Regarding H.R. 7, The Heritage Foundation notes Congress failed to apply longstanding protections against federal funding of abortion or abortion coverage to the totality of Obamacare, potentially allowing large taxpayer subsidies to flow to health plans that cover elective abortion.   They explain, “taxpayers will now foot the bill for federal subsidies for the purchase of health plans on the exchanges… and some of those plans could cover elective abortion.”

Heritage added:

Under Obamacare, individuals and families who live in states that allow abortion coverage on their exchanges could end up paying directly for coverage of elective abortions, possibly without their knowledge. Individuals enrolled in one of the federally subsidized exchange plans that cover abortion will be forced to pay a surcharge of at least $12 per year – and possibly much more – out of their own pockets. Many individuals and families who would otherwise object to paying for abortion coverage may not even be aware of the surcharge. Insurers are allowed under Obamacare to disclose the existence and amount of the abortion surcharge only at the time of enrollment, and that warning may be as little as a single sentence in a massive plan document.

Taxpayers should be protected against all funding of abortion and abortion coverage.  Of course, to truly protect Americans’ freedom to purchase the health care plans that meet their needs and respects their values, Obamacare must be repealed.  In the meantime, this legislation provides essential protections to federal taxpayers from being forced to fund abortion or abortion coverage.

Heritage Action supports H.R. 7 and will include it as a key vote on our legislative scorecard.  

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Key Vote: “YES” on 5-Month Abortion Ban (H.R. 36)

“YES” on 5-month Abortion Ban (H.R. 36)

On Thursday, the House will vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), introduced by Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Trent Franks96%House Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard96%. This legislation will protect unborn children by preventing abortions five months after fertilization, at which time scientific evidence suggests the child can feel pain. In 2013, a similar bill passed the House by a 228-196 vote, but did not receive consideration in the Senate, which was controlled by Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Harry Reid10%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard10%.

The United States is one of only seven countries in which elective, late-term abortions are legal, putting us in the same company as North Korea, China and Vietnam. A Quinnipiac poll taken just two months ago found that 60 percent of Americans support a five-month ban, including 56 percent of Independents and nearly half of Democrats. Moreover, a 2013 survey conducted by the Washington Post revealed that 60 percent of women support this limitation as well.

“YES” on Amnesty Stopping DHS Appropriations Bill (H.R. 240)

On Wednesday, the House will vote on the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act (H.R. 240) and as many as five separate amendments.  Two of those amendments — Aderholt and Blackburn — would effectively stop President Obama’s dangerous and unlawful amnesty.

When President Obama took action to, as he said “change the law”, the outcry from Congress was widespread.  Republicans and Democrats alike took issue with the President on the process and the policy.  The half-measures and strongly worded statements that followed have been insufficient given the magnitude of the challenge.  As Mitch McConnell, the new Senate Majority Leader, observed, “The only tool we have is the power of the purse.”

By asserting such a sweeping expansion of presidential powers, President Obama has precipitated a crisis.  The only way Congress can retain its constitutional authority — and fight for hardworking Americans all across the country — is to swiftly deny funding and resources for the program.

“YES” on Keystone XL Pipeline Act (H.R. 3)

On Friday, the House will vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline Act (H.R. 3), introduced by Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Kevin Cramer38%House Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard38%, Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Bill Shuster60%House Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard60%, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Fred Upton46%House Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard46%, Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Pete Sessions68%House Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard68% and Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Rob Bishop70%House Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard70%. The project would increase America’s energy security, create thousands of jobs, and increase revenue in the states it runs through.

The 1,200 mile pipeline, which enjoys broad bipartisan support, would transport 380,000 barrels of oil daily from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf Coast and would create an estimated 15,000 jobs.  The State Department conducted numerous reviews of the project’s environmental impacts on soil, wetlands, water resources, vegetation, fish, wildlife, and endangered species and repeatedly confirmed it would be safe.

For too long, the politics of the left, radical environmentalists, and President Obama and his congressional allies have stood in the way of the pipeline’s construction.  Approval of H.R. 3 would represent a small but notable first step towards creating thousands of jobs for hardworking Americans.  The Heritage Foundation’s Nicolas Loris outlined five additional, easy steps for Congress to take:

“NO” on Cromnibus: A Blank Check for Amnesty (H.R. 83)

On Thursday, the House is expected vote on the cromnibus, formally entitled Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (H.R. 83).  The $1.1 trillion, 1,603-page bill would fund most of the federal government through September 30, 2015 while extending funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) until February 27, 2015.  Importantly, the bill does nothing to block President Obama’s unilateral, unlawful actions which include granting quasi-legal status, work permits and Social Security numbers to those who are in the country illegally.

When President Obama took action to, as he said “change the law”, the outcry from Congress was widespread.  Republicans and Democrats alike took issue with the President on the process and the policy.  The half-measures and strongly worded statements that followed have been insufficient given the magnitude of the challenge.  As Mitch McConnell, the incoming Senate Majority Leader, observed, “The only tool we have is the power of the purse.”