DFLA General

U.S. House Scorecard

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***Following are the 8 critical votes in 114th Congress we consider for endorsement.  We only endorse and support candidates that are both pro-life and Democrat. Candidates that vote are pledge to support all 8 votes receive a “8 Star Rating” and receive automatic endorsement.

To see how your Member voted, please click here. We only rank Democratic Members since we do not endorse Republicans.

May 13, 2015. H.R. 36 Roll Call Vote #223. The Pain Capable Unborn Protection Act—This was a vote by the House of Representatives to ban abortions after 20 weeks except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of a mother. The House passed the bill by a 242-184 margin. However, when it arrived in the Senate it was defeated when they were unable to get to the 60 votes needed to move the legislation forward.

Why this was important: The US is just one of 7 nations that allows abortion after 20 weeks. Recent studies have indicated that preborn children can feel pain. Further, medical advancements have pushed the viability standard set in law over 40 years ago.

January 22,2015 H.R. 7 Roll Call Vote #45 No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act- This legislation was introduced to prohibit taxpayer funding of elective abortion anywhere in the federal government. The bill passed the House by a 242-179 margin. However, it has not been voted upon by the Senate. It is currently with the Senate Finance Committee.

Why this was important:  There is longstanding policy that prohibits taxpayer funding of abortion. However, it has to be added as a rider to every piece of legislation. This would make the ban on public funding of abortion permanent.

February 3, 2015 H.R. 596 Roll Call  Vote #58 To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health care-related provision in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010- The vote passed the House by a 239-186 margin. However, it did not get the 60 votes needed in the Senate to proceed with the legislation.

Why this is important:  The ACA provides access to affordable health care to all families regardless of pre-existing conditions, which is critical if families are to feel supported in bringing children into the world. Repealing the legislation would eliminate lifesaving healthcare for millions of Americans.

September 18, 2015 H.R. 3134 Roll Call Vote #505 Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015- This was a vote to strip Planned Parenthood of all federal funding for one year. Funding would be transferred to community health centers instead. This passed the House by a 241-187 margin but was unable to get to the procedural 60 votes in the  Senate to proceed.

Why this is important: Planned Parenthood, the number one abortion provider in the nation, takes money away from Community Health Centers and other health care clinics that provide comprehensive care to women. Almost 80 percent of Planned Parenthood’s services are STD Testing/Treatment, contraception, and abortion. DFLA’s position is that limited federal funds should be allocated to organizations, such as Community Health Centers, that provide comprehensive healthcare.

July 10, 2015 H.R. 6 Amendment #3 Roll Call Vote #432 21st Century Cures Act- This bill was to reauthorize the National Institute of Health through Fiscal Year 2018 to continue their work and research. Barbara Lee of California introduce an amendment to allow federal funds be used for abortion through the NIH. The amendment was defeated on a 176-245 vote.

Why this is important:There is longstanding policy that prohibits taxpayer funding of abortion. Limited funds should be used to research cures, not pay for abortion.

September 18, 2015 H.R. 3504 Roll Call Vote #506 Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act- This bill required any health care practitioner who is present when a child is born alive following an abortion to give the same care they would to any other newly born child and ensure that the child is immediately admitted to a hospital. This passed the House by a 248-177 margin but has not been acted on in the Senate.

Why this is important: Infants born alive during the abortion procedure have been left to die. This would ensure a standard of care would be given to children born alive.

July 6, 2016. H.R. 5485 Roll Call Vote #364 Grayson Amendment to allow tax subsidized abortion for federal employees- While the House was passing budget bills for Fiscal Year 2017 Congressman Alan Grayson provided an amendment that would change long standing history and allow for taxpayer dollars to be used to pay for abortions for federal employees. The House defeated this amendment as it got 177 yes votes to 245 no votes.

Why this is important: This keeps with the long standing Hyde amendment that prohibits federal funds from being used to pay for abortions.

July 13, 2016 S 304 Roll Call Vote #364 Amendment to Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act- This amendment was added to prohibit the federal government and state and local governments that receive federal financial assistance for health-related activities penalizing or discriminating against a health care provider based on the provider's refusal to be involved in, or provide coverage for, abortion. This passed the House on a 245-182 vote.

Why this is important: Provides protection to health care providers who have a moral or religous objection to abortion from being forced to be inolved in the abortion process.

 

U.S. Senate Scorecard

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***Following are the 5 critical votes in 114th Congress we consider for endorsement.  We only endorse and support candidates that are both pro-life and Democrat. Candidates that vote or pledge to support all 5 votes receive a “5 Star Rating” and receive automatic endorsement.

To see how your Member voted, please click here. We only rank Democratic Members since we do not endorse Republicans.

1. September 22, 2015.  H.R. 36, The Pain Capable Unborn Protection Act– This was a procedural vote to allow the Senate to begin debate on legislation to ban all abortions from 20 weeks (22 weeks after the woman’s last period) except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.  20 weeks is the time when a prenatal child is known to experience pain. The vote failed to garner the necessary 60 votes.   Key vote: Roll Call No. 268. Result: The bill failed by a vote of 54 to 42. (Under Senate rules, the Senate needed 60 votes to proceed with consideration of the legislation.)

Why this was important: The US is just one of 7 nations that allows abortion after 20 weeks. Recent studies have indicated that preborn children can feel pain. Further, medical advancements have pushed the viability standard set in law over 40 years ago

2. August 3, 2015.  S. 1881, To prohibit Federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.  This was a procedural vote to allow the Senate to begin debate on legislation to prohibit Federal funding to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. The legislation did not reduce funding for women’s health.  Key vote: Roll Call No. 262. Result: The bill failed by a vote of 53 to 46. (Under Senate rules, the Senate needed 60 votes to proceed with consideration of the legislation.)

Why this is important: Planned Parenthood, the number one abortion provider in the nation, takes money away from Community Health Centers and other health care clinics that provide comprehensive care to women. Almost 80 percent of Planned Parenthood’s services are STD Testing/Treatment, contraception and abortion. DFLA’s position is that limited federal funds should be allocated to organization, such as Community Health Centers, that provide comprehensive healthcare.

3. July 26, 2015. Amendment No. 2328, Repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Educational Reconciliation Act of 2010 in its entirety. DFLA Opposes the repeal. Key vote: Roll Call No. 253.  Result: The bill failed by a vote of 49 to 43. (Under Senate rules, the Senate needed 60 votes to proceed with consideration of the legislation.)

Why this is important:  The ACA provides access to affordable health care to all families regardless of pre-existing conditions  which is critical for families to feel supported in bring children into this world. Repealing the legislation would eliminate lifesaving healthcare for millions of Americans.

4. April 22, 2015. Amendment No. 301 to S. 178, Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015.  The legislation would curb sex trafficking crimes by creating a Domestic Trafficking Victims Fund that would levy fines against perpetrators and provide additional resources to assist the victims. The Leahy Amendment would strike the Hyde language, which prohibits taxpayer funding of abortion, from the bill. Roll Call No. 301. Result: The Amendment failed by a vote of 43 to 55.

Why this is important: There is longstanding policy that prohibits taxpayer funding of abortion. The legislation should focus on helping victims of crime, not subsidizing abortion.

5. April 14, 2015. Amendment No. 1117 to H.R. 2., Medicaid Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. H.R. 2 would strengthen Medicare access and improve and reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The Murray Amendment would have allowed taxpayer funding of abortion. Roll Call No. 140. Result: The Amendment failed by a vote of 43 to 57.

Why this is important:  Again, there is longstanding policy that prohibits taxpayer funding of abortion. The legislation should prioritize comprehensive healthcare, not taxpayer funding of abortion.

WHEN YOU CUT OFF A WING, YOU CAN NO LONGER FLY

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After yet another wave of GOP victories in the recent elections, it is time for the Democratic Party to face the fact.

We are losing.

Yet, some scoff at the idea, especially with the 2016 presidential election favoring a Democratic win. However, across the country, the Democratic message is being drowned in a red sea of Republican-controlled states.

Democrats have done well in the past two presidential races, but when it comes to the federal, state and local levels in the midterm elections, we are getting crushed.

Shockingly, we Democrats are at our lowest numbers since Herbert Hoover was elected president in 1928, almost 90 years ago. Since 2010, we have lost 69 U.S. House seats, 13 U.S. Senate seats, 912 state legislative seats, 30 state legislative chambers, and 12 governorships. Republicans now hold 33 vs. 16 Democratic state house chambers, 35 vs. 14 Democratic state senate chambers, 32 vs. 18 Democratic governorships, and the majority in both the U.S. House (246 vs. 188) and the U.S. Senate (54 vs. 44).

So why is the Democratic Party having such a hard time reaching the heartland of America? The recent Kentucky gubernatorial race offers a good narrative. The Democratic candidate thought he had an easy path to the governor’s office. He was ahead in the polls against a novice Tea Party Republican who even the Republican establishment thought would lose. Yet the Republican won by standing against Planned Parenthood and gay marriage. The Democratic Governors Association blamed the loss on “Trumpmania,” but it was more about moral values, such as abortion, an issue that has left the Kentucky State House as the only legislative chamber in the South under Democratic control. A change of just five seats in the Kentucky State House could end the last vestige of Democratic control in the South.

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Dan Lipinski - US Congress, Illinois

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A consistent whole-life voice for Illinois' 3rd Congressional District

Dan Lipinski is the pro-life Congressman for the 3rd District in Illinois

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Dan Lipinski was elected to Congress in 2004, and has consistently been a champion of whole-life issues during all four terms.

In 2009 and 2010, he led the fight against federal funding of abortion in the Health Care Bill.  In 2012 and 2013, he was a very vocal advocate for protection of conscience rights in health care, including supporting the effort to add a conscience protection clause in the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act.

Lipinski is the cosponsor of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (HR 5939), the Patients First Act (H.R. 877), and the Protect Life Act (HR 5111).

Dan serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Committee on Science and Technology where he sits on two subcommittees, Research and Science Education, and Technology and Innovation.

In 1988, Dan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northwestern University in Evanston, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Following Northwestern, Dan went on to earn a Master of Science Degree in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University, and a Doctoral Degree in Political Science from Duke University.

 

 

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