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Keith Ellison

Democrat - Incumbent

Voting Record

"Don't Make Women Sick Again" Amendment [2017]
During the early morning hours of January 12, 2017, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) - along with Senators Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Patty Murray (D-Washington) offered an amendment to the Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2017 (S.Con.Res.3) that would object and oppose legislation that weakens women's health, including decreasing access to, or coverage of, critical reproductive health care services including contraceptive counseling, birth control , maternity care, and primary and preventive health care as afforded to them under the Affordable Care Act. Senator Gillibrand’s amendment would have protected women’s access to the care they need, including the 55 million women would lose access to no-copay preventive services, including birth control, STI screenings, and life-saving preventive services such as breast cancer screenings and pap tests. A vote IN FAVOR of the Gillibrand Amendment was considered a vote in support of women's health. The amendment required 60 votes for passage, and failed with a vote of 49-49.
Amendment to Strike Unfair And Unrelated Abortion Restrictions From the 21st Century Cures Act [2015]
On July 10, 2015, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-California) proposed an amendment to the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6), that would have removed a harmful provision - commonly referred to as the Hyde Amendment - which restricts the use of federal funds from paying for abortion care except in the case of rape, incest or life. Congresswoman Lee’s amendment would have stricken language which applies any policy riders included in the annual Labor, Health, and Human Services Appropriations Bill to National Institutes of Health (NIH) funds in the 21st Century Cures Act, including the Hyde Amendment. Removing this language would help ensure that women have access to the full range of health care options to meet their health care needs. Additionally, the Lee Amendment would have stricken a provision that applies any policy riders - again including the Hyde Amendment - applied to the FDA in the annual Agriculture Appropriations bill to FDA funding in H.R. 6. A vote FOR the amendment was considered a vote in support of women's health. The amendment failed the House with a vote of 176-245.
Deceptive Funding Resolution to Cut Federal Funding for Planned Parenthood [2015]
This resolution, offered by Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-Alabama), is a continuing resolution to avoid a shutdown by keeping the government funded through December 11, 2015. The Roby Resolution also seeks to prevent Planned Parenthood from receiving any federal funds, including Medicaid reimbursements for family planning services and funding for critical primary and preventive care. It would result in 1.5 million Medicaid patients — predominantly women — losing access to their health care providers and would severely hinder Planned Parenthood’s ability to provide quality family planning services and lifesaving preventive care in states across the country. It should be noted, the Hyde Amendment — which Planned Parenthood opposes — already prohibits these funds from being used to provide abortion services. Planned Parenthood is America’s leading women’s health care provider and advocate. Every year, Planned Parenthood delivers education and reproductive health care services to 2.7 million men, women, and young people across the United States. These essential health care services include screenings for breast and cervical cancer, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STI’s), including testing for HIV/AIDS, and comprehensive sex education. However, this year Planned Parenthood’s ability to continue to provide these vital services has been under attack by the vehemently anti-choice Congress elected in 2014. A vote AGAINST H. Con. Res. 79 was a vote in support of women’s health. The resolution received a vote of 241-185.
Undermining Patient Right to Choose Their Own Health Care Provider [2015]
On September 11, 2015, Congressman Sean Duffy (R-Wisconsin) introduced the misleadingly named Women’s Public Health and Safety Act (H.R. 3495). H.R. 3495 would target and exclude abortion providers from participating in Medicaid and result in restricting access to health care for low-income individuals. This legislation unfairly targets women’s health providers or a provider who “participates in the performance of abortions” and specifically seeks to undermine the long-standing Medicaid policy that allows patients to choose the provider of their choice and would permit a state to unilaterally (without involvement from a federal health agency) terminate or restrict a provider from participating in Medicaid – without having to show any proof that the provider engaged in wrongdoing. In fact, this bill would permit a state to terminate a provider from Medicaid solely on the basis that the provider provides access to safe and legal abortion. A vote AGAINST H.R. 3495 was a vote in support of women’s health. The bill passed with a vote of 236-193.
Defund Planned Parenthood Act [2015]
On July 21, 2015, Congressman Diane Black (R-Tennessee) introduced the Defund Planned Parenthood Act (H.R. 3134). This bill would have prohibited any federal funds from being made available to Planned Parenthood affiliates or health centers, which would significantly limit the quality, compassionate care that 2.7 million women, men and young people have come to rely on for nearly 100 years. The legislation would have blocked funding Planned Parenthood health centers from continuing to provide basic and preventive health care needs such as: lifesaving cancer screenings, well-woman exams, birth control, and testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STI’s). The men and women who benefit from this funding often have limited access to health care, and Planned Parenthood is often their primary health care provider. A vote AGAINST H.R. 3134 was a vote in support of women’s health. The bill passed with a vote of 241-187.
Injecting Politicians into the Doctor-Patient Relationship [2015]
On September 15, 2015, Congressman Trent Franks (R-Arizona) introduced the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 3504), a blatant attempt to politicize women’s health. The true goal of supporters of the H.R. 3504 is to promote a political agenda of banning safe, legal abortion in the United States. This bill would amend current law to apply new criminal penalties and severely overreach into the practice of medicine. This legislation specifically targets abortion and injects politicians into the patient-physician relationship, disregarding providers’ training and clinical judgment and undermining their ability to determine the best course of action with their patients. The rigid set of requirements the legislation places on physicians is meant to intimidate abortion providers from providing women with the care they need. A vote AGAINST H.R. 3504 was a vote in support of women’s health. The bill passed the House with a vote of 248-177.
Congressional Attacks on Planned Parenthood [2015]
On October 7th, 2015 the House took up a resolution sponsored by Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-North Carolina) targeting Planned Parenthood health centers and the patients they serve. This blatantly political attack on women’s health would create a special select subcommittee of the House Energy & Commerce Committee to investigate abortion and abortion providers. Although the resolution does not specifically name Planned Parenthood, supporters of the Foxx Resolution repeatedly justified the need for the committee by referencing Planned Parenthood and a series of heavily edited videos attacking Planned Parenthood which have been discredited by forensic experts. This resolution is nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to push an anti-abortion and anti-women’s health agenda. This new select committee is yet another example of a partisan and unwarranted attack on Planned Parenthood. A vote AGAINST the Foxx Resolution was a vote in support of women’s health. The resolution passed with a vote of 242-184.
Continued Attacks on Planned Parenthood [2016]
On October 16, 2015, Congressman Tom Price (R-Georgia) introduced the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act (H.R. 3762), legislation that would eliminate Planned Parenthood’s ability to receive reimbursement for the health care services provided under Medicaid and other federal programs and would roll back the important and historic gains made for women’s health by the Affordable Care Act. This bill initially passed the House in October 2015 and then a passed the Senate, with amendments, in December 2015. This vote was to concur with the Senate version of the bill and send it to President Obama. On January 8, 2016, less than 48 hours after the House passed the final version of H.R. 3762 President Obama followed through on his promise to veto the legislation. Planned Parenthood is America’s leading women’s health care provider and advocate. Every year, Planned Parenthood delivers education and reproductive health care services to 2.7 million men, women, and young people across the United States. These essential health care services include screenings for breast and cervical cancer, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STI’s), including testing for HIV/AIDS, and comprehensive sex education. However, this year Planned Parenthood’s ability to continue to provide these vital services has been under attack by the vehemently anti-choice Congress elected in 2014. It should be noted, the Hyde Amendment — which Planned Parenthood opposes — already withholds insurance coverage for abortion for low-income women. A vote AGAINST H.R. 3762 was a vote in support of women’s health. The bill received a vote of 240-181.
Repealing the ACA and Defunding Planned Parenthood [2016]
On October 16, 2015, Congressman Tom Price (R-Georgia) introduced the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act (H.R. 3762), legislation that would eliminate Planned Parenthood’s ability to receive reimbursement for the health care services provided under Medicaid and other federal programs and would roll back the important and historic gains made for women’s health by the Affordable Care Act. While the legislation did not name Planned Parenthood, the bill stated any nonprofit entity that is: 1) defined as an essential community provider under the Affordable Care Act and is primarily engaged in family planning services, reproductive health; 2) provides abortion beyond limited circumstances; and 3) whose network exceeds $350 million in Medicaid billing reimbursements. This definition clearly seeks to exclusively target Planned Parenthood health centers. Planned Parenthood is America’s leading women’s health care provider and advocate. Every year, Planned Parenthood delivers education and reproductive health care services to 2.7 million men, women, and young people across the United States. These essential health care services include screenings for breast and cervical cancer, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STI’s), including testing for HIV/AIDS, and comprehensive sex education. However, this year Planned Parenthood’s ability to continue to provide these vital services has been under attack by the vehemently anti-choice Congress elected in 2014. It should be noted, the Hyde Amendment — which Planned Parenthood opposes — already withholds insurance coverage for abortion for low-income women. A vote AGAINST H.R. 3762 was a vote in support of women’s health. The bill received a vote of 240-189.
Overriding Presidential Veto of Bill to Repeal ACA and Defund Planned Parenthood [2016]
On October 16, 2015, Congressman Tom Price (R-Georgia) introduced the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act (H.R. 3762), legislation that would eliminate Planned Parenthood’s ability to receive reimbursement for the health care services provided under Medicaid and other federal programs and would roll back the important and historic gains made for women’s health by the Affordable Care Act. This bill initially passed the House in October 2015 and then a passed the Senate, with amendments, in December 2015. The House concurred with the Senate on January 6, 2016. On January 8, 2016, less than 48 hours after the House passed the final version of H.R. 3762 President Obama followed through on his promise to veto the legislation. Following the President’s veto, on February 2nd the House attempted to override his veto. Overriding a presidential veto requires a ⅔ majority of those members present or 285 votes. This vote failed with a vote of 241-186. Planned Parenthood is America’s leading women’s health care provider and advocate. Every year, Planned Parenthood delivers education and reproductive health care services to 2.7 million men, women, and young people across the United States. These essential health care services include screenings for breast and cervical cancer, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STI’s), including testing for HIV/AIDS, and comprehensive sex education. However, this year Planned Parenthood’s ability to continue to provide these vital services has been under attack by the vehemently anti-choice Congress elected in 2014. It should be noted, the Hyde Amendment — which Planned Parenthood opposes — already withholds insurance coverage for abortion for low-income women. A vote AGAINST overriding President Obama’s veto was a vote in support of women’s health. The bill received a vote of 241-186.
Overturning Locally Enacted D.C. Law Protecting Employees Against Discrimination Based on Reproductive Health Decisions [2016]
On July 7, 2016, Congressman Gary Palmer (R-Alabama) proposed an amendment to the FY 2017 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill (H.R. 4385) in an attempt to allow bosses in the District of Columbia to interfere with their employees’ personal reproductive health care decisions. This amendment seeks to block Washington, D.C.’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act (RHNDA) which unanimously passed the D.C Council in December 2014 and was signed into law by Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) in January 2015. RHNDA protects women in the District of Columbia from workplace discrimination based on their personal reproductive health care choices. The Palmer Amendment would block this commonsense law passed by the democratically elected D.C. Council. Should the amendment become law, it would effectively overturn the D.C. bill providing protection for employees from being discriminated against or fired for their reproductive health care decisions. A vote AGAINST the amendment was considered a vote in support of women’s health. The amendment passed the House with a vote of 223-192.
Lifting Abortion Coverage Ban from the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program [2016]
On July 6, 2016, Congressman Alan Grayson (D-Florida) proposed an amendment (H. Amdt. 1233) to the Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Appropriations bill (H.R. 5485). The amendment would strike a policy rider from the initial bill that restricts abortion coverage for women who receive medical coverage from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP). Through lifting the restriction on abortion coverage, the Grayson Amendment insures that all federal employees have equal access to health care that other employed individuals receive in the private market. In lifting the abortion ban, the Grayson Amendment does not mandate abortion coverage for federal employees, however it permits FEHBP plans to cover abortion. Like employes in the private sector, federal employees contribute financially to their health care coverage. Medical coverage is commensurate to any other employment benefit, and no employer - which includes the federal government - should have the power to interfere with the private health care decisions of each individual employee. The Grayson Amendment would allow for federal employees to consider all options when planning for parenthood and essentially lift a significant barrier to women’s reproductive rights. A vote FOR the Grayson Amendment was a vote in support of women’s health. The bill received a vote of 177-245.
Expanding Harmful Anti-Women's Health Policies and Blocking Access to Care [2016]
On July 13, 2016, the House voted on S. 304, the Conscience Protection Act, introduced by Senator John Thune (R-South Dakota) and led in the House by Congressman John Fleming (R-Louisiana). The bill aims to block women’s access to care through expanding harmful policies and allowing bosses to interfere in a woman’s personal medical decisions. This harmful legislation will continue to further strip away patient protections and permit others, including an employer’s boss, to override a woman’s personal medical decisions. The Conscience Protection Act will also allow bosses to interfere with a woman’s decision to have an abortion, while expanding existing harmful policies that permit hospitals to ignore medical guidelines, resulting in women receiving substandard, discriminatory care. A vote AGAINST the bill was considered a vote in favor of women’s health. The vote passed with a vote of 245-182-6.
Restricting Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance Plans [2017]
This House approved a bill, sponsored by Congressman Chris Smith (R-New Jersey), is nothing more than a thinly-veiled attempt to take away the comprehensive private health insurance coverage that millions of women have and to make the Hyde amendment and other federal abortion bans permanent. This bill would eliminate abortion coverage for millions, make the harmful Hyde law permanent - impacting low income women and disproportionately affecting women of color - and undermine a woman’s ability to make personal decisions about her own health care. Since 1976 with the passage of the Hyde amendment, the federal government - as well as some states - have barred public funds from being used to pay for abortion procedures except in the case of rape, incest, or if the pregnant woman’s life is in danger. Not only would the law seek to make Hyde permanent, the bill goes much further and would result in an unprecedented new restriction on women’s access to abortion coverage in the private health insurance market. Today, the majority of private health insurance plans offer comprehensive coverage that includes abortion. But this bill would take private comprehensive abortion coverage away from women — even in circumstances where a woman needs an abortion to prevent severe, permanent damage to her health. A vote AGAINST H.R. 7 was a vote in support of women’s health. The bill passed with a vote of 238-183.
Limiting Provider Access to Title X Family Planning Program [2017]
In December 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule protecting patient access to trusted reproductive health providers under the Title X program, the nation’s only family planning program. In response to state attempts to ban abortion providers from Title X, the rule reinforces that women’s health providers cannot be prohibited from serving people under the program for reasons that are unrelated to their ability to provide Title X care, including birth control and cancer screenings. This rule reiterates longstanding federal law and became effective on January 18, 2017. Introduced on January 30, 2017 by Congresswoman Diane Black (R-Tennessee), H.J. Res. 43 would nullify a Department of Health and Human Services rule regarding subrecipients of family planning grants, administered under the nation’s family planning program, Title X. While framed as a ‘states rights’ issue by proponents, this resolution is an attempt by Congressional leadership to embolden anti-women’s health state politicians to take away people's health care - specifically the 4 million people who rely on Title X for birth control and other care - despite the fact that Title X had helped to ensure more than 4 million people have health care in this country. Planned Parenthood strongly supports the Title X program and opposes any attempts to repeal or scale back the program. A vote AGAINST H.J. Res. 43 was a vote in support of women’s health. The resolution passed with a vote of 230-188.
Funding Congressional Committee to Attack Planned Parenthood [2016]
On December 1st, 2016 the House took up a resolution sponsored by Congresswoman Candice Miller (R-Michigan) seeking an additional $800,000 to continue funding the Select Panel established to target Planned Parenthood health centers and spread false, misleading information about Planned Parenthood. This funding comes from taxpayer dollars and will be used by Congress to continue their baseless attack and undermine medical and scientific research, women, and health care providers. When the Select Panel began in January, Planned Parenthood was already cleared by 13 state investigations and an additional eight states declined to even investigate. Planned Parenthood has fully complied with the request of these investigations and last year, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chair, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) admitted he didn’t find any wrongdoing. Despite no evidence of wrongdoing, the Panel has continued waste taxpayer’s money to the tune of $1.5 million during the first 11 months of 2016. Several government watchdogs and non-partisan groups representing millions of people have called for this panel to be disbanded. A vote AGAINST the Miller of Michigan Resolution was a vote in support of women’s health. The resolution passed with a vote of 234-181.
Eliminating Planned Parenthood's ability to receive reimbursement for the health care provided under Medicaid [2017]
The American Health Care Act or AHCA, sponsored by Congressman Diane Black (R-Tennessee), is yet another legislative attempt to block people who receive health coverage through Medicaid from accessing basic health care services at Planned Parenthood health centers. This bill would deny women, men, and young people access to the preventive care they deserve at the provider they choose. The AHCA completely undermines the Affordable Care Act (ACA) - the single greatest advancement for women’s health in generations. This bill would overhaul and gut the Medicaid program, which will have a disproportionate impact on low income people. It also attempts to restrict private insurance from covering abortion and is a blatant attempt to intimidate women’s health providers and block access to care. A vote AGAINST the AHCA was a vote in support of women’s health. The bill narrowly passed with a vote of 217-213.
Banning abortions after 20 weeks, nationwide [2017]
On January 3, 2017, the same day the 115th Congress convened for the first time, Congressman Trent Franks (R-Arizona), introduced the deceptive and misleadingly named “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Act” which would ban all abortions at 20 weeks with very limited exceptions. The bill was brought to the floor of the House for a vote several months later. H.R. 36 denies a woman access to an abortion after 20 weeks, even if she experienced severe, dangerous health complications as a result of her pregnancy. It would also subject a doctor to criminal penalties for performing a safe, legal medical procedure. This bill adds significant barriers for rape victims seeking safe and legal abortion – potentially requiring three separate appointments with two separate health care providers over the course of 48 hours. This bill also shames survivors of incest by denying them an exception if they are over the age of 18 and continues to require a woman under the age of 18 to report to law enforcement or a government agency before they can receive safe and legal abortion. A vote AGAINST H.R. 36 was a vote in support of women’s health. The bill passed the House with a vote of 237-189.
Blocking Locally Enacted Law in Washington, D.C. Protecting Employees Against Discrimination Based on Reproductive Health Decisions [2017]
On September 14, 2017, Congressman Gary Palmer (R-Alabama) proposed an amendment to the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act (H.R. 3354) in an attempt to allow bosses in the District of Columbia to interfere with their employees’ personal reproductive health care decisions. This amendment seeks to overturn Washington, D.C.’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act (RHNDA) which unanimously passed the D.C. Council - Washington, D.C.’s locally elected legislative body - in December 2014 and was signed into law by Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) in January 2015. RHNDA protects women in the District of Columbia from workplace discrimination based on their personal reproductive health care choices like using in vitro fertilization or birth control or having had an abortion . The Palmer Amendment - which Congressman Palmer would block this commonsense law passed by the democratically elected D.C. Council. If this amendment were to become law, it would effectively overturn the D.C. law and open employees up to workplace discrimination or even termination for their private reproductive health care decisions. A vote AGAINST the amendment was considered a vote in support of women’s health. The amendment passed the House with a vote of 214-194.
Defunding Planned Parenthood and Eliminating Funding for the Title X Family Planning Program [2017]
On September 14, 2017, the House voted on the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act (H.R. 3354) to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2018. This bill included many provisions harmful to women’s health including language to “defund” Planned Parenthood and the total elimination of funding for the Title X Family Planning program, which millions of women have relied on since it was enacted in the 1970’s for basic and preventive care. Additionally, H.R. 3354 eliminates funding Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP), drastically cuts funding for international family planning, and codifies the harmful global gag rule which prohibits federal funding for non-governmental organizations that provide abortion counselling or referrals, advocate to decriminalize abortion or expand abortion services. A vote AGAINST the H.R. 3354 was considered a vote in support of women’s health. The bill passed the House with a vote of 211-198.
Interfering with the confidential and personal Doctor-Patient Relationship [2018]
On December 21, 2017, Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) reintroduced the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 4712), a blatant attempt to politicize women’s health. The ultimate goal of supporters of H.R. 4712 is to promote a political agenda of banning safe, legal abortion in the United States. This bill would amend current law to apply new criminal penalties and severely overreach into the practice of medicine. This legislation specifically targets abortion and injects politicians into the patient-physician relationship, disregarding providers’ training and clinical judgment and undermining their ability to determine the best course of action with their patients. The rigid set of requirements the legislation places on physicians is meant to intimidate abortion providers from providing women with the care they need. A vote AGAINST H.R. 4712 was a vote in support of women’s health. The bill passed the House with a vote of 241-183.

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