“NO” on CR that Funds Planned Parenthood (H.R. 719)

In the next few days, the Senate will likely consider a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government’s discretionary operations until December 11, 2015.  That bill will also continue taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, an organization that will commit more than 70,000 abortions between now and December 11.  Planned Parenthood has been accused of manipulating abortion procedures to secure higher prices for the sale of baby parts from aborted children.

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

On Tuesday, the Senate will hold an important procedural vote on the House-passed Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), introduced by Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) 89%. This legislation will protect unborn children by preventing abortions five months after fertilization, at which time scientific evidence suggests the child can feel pain.

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. Last year Quinnipiac  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 Lee Motion to Repeal Obamacare

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) 100% will likely make a motion on H.R. 22 to fully repeal Obamacare at a 51-vote threshold.

This will likely be the second vote Senators take to repeal Obamacare.  The first will be a show vote designed by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 54%.  Heritage Action will not score that vote and no Republican Senator will receive any public praise for their vote on the McConnell show vote.  However, Lee noted Friday that an opportunity for a real vote could exist shortly thereafter.  Lee’s office explains:

After cloture is reached on the Export-Import Bank amendment, senators will still be allowed to offer germane amendments to the highway bill, each of which would only require a simple-majority to pass. If the Chair rules that the Obamacare amendment is non-germane, Senate Rule 22 also allows any senator to appeal that ruling to the full Senate. At that point, a simple-majority of Senators would have the power to add the Obamacare repeal amendment to the highway bill.

Heritage Action supports adoption of the Lee motion and will include any relevant vote as a key vote on our legislative scorecard.

“YES” on Cruz Amendment on Israel’s Right to Exist

On Friday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% offered an amendment to the highway, transit and Export-Import Bank bill (H.R. 22) to prohibit the President from providing sanctions relief to Iran until the Government of Iran recognizes Israel’s right to exist and certain United States citizens are released from Iran.

“NO” on McConnell Amendment to Save the Export-Import Bank

On Sunday, the Senate will vote on an amendment to the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act (H.R. 22).  The amendment, offered by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 54%, would resurrect the now-expired Export-Import Bank.  Earlier this week, the bank’s largest customer, Boeing, said “There are multiple commercial credit sources available today” and the absence of the bank “doesn’t create risk” for the company.

Heritage Action opposes the McConnell Amendment and will include it as a key vote on our legislative scorecard.

Heritage Action’s Scorecard
WSJ: Ex-Im works against U.S. interests abroad
Real Clear Politics: Ex-Im: Welfare for Commodity Traders and China
Cincinnati Enquirer: Ex-Im Bank not essential to GE Aviation jobs
Reuters: Emirates airline says Ex-Im Bank not critical for its plane financing
Real Clear Markets: Ex-Im doesn’t create jobs in America
Mercatus: The Biggest Beneficiaries of the Ex-Im Bank
Mercatus: The Export-Import Bank’s Top Foreign Buyers
Wall Street Journal: Boeing: We could find alternative funding sources
Heritage: Companies have massive backorders, won’t shed jobs when Ex-Im expires
Examiner: Ex-Im is “free money” for big banks
Wall Street Journal: Ex-Im works against U.S. interests abroad
Reuters: Massive corruption at Ex-Im