American Bridge and UltraViolet PAC conducted an analysis of the voting records from the 114th Congress and 115th Congress and narrowed down a list of those who voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, to defund Planned Parenthood, for the GOP tax scam, against a minimum wage hike, and for an unconstitutional abortion ban. We also took into consideration other parts of the members’ records and histories, including sexist remarks or discriminatory practices.
Repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
These members all voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA has been an overwhelming win for women. It provided health care coverage for many low-income women who previously could not afford it. It ended the industry practice of charging women more than men for insurance policies. It required maternity and newborn care benefits in individual market health plans. It provided free preventive services for women, including contraception and breast pumps for nursing mothers. It protected domestic violence survivors from insurance penalties. It has saved countless women’s lives.
GOP Tax Scam.
These members all voted for the GOP tax scam that provided billions in tax cuts to the wealthiest 1% of Americans—of which women are only a fraction. The tax reform bill forced working women and families to pay for benefits for big business and wealthy elites while threatening critical programs for women, including Medicaid, Medicare, child care, housing assistance, Pell Grants, funds for combating violence against women, and more.
Planned Parenthood and Title X.
These members repeatedly voted to defund Planned Parenthood and to dismantle Title X, the successful, nearly 50-year-old family planning program serving four million patients. Planned Parenthood provides preventive care, contraception, cancer screenings, and more for millions of men and women each year. Many of these members, like Cruz and King, are openly opposed to women having access to contraception.
Minimum wage and workers’ protections.
All of these members voted against a raise in the minimum wage—which has been stuck at $7.25 for nearly a decade. Two-thirds of minimum wage workers are women and in some states it’s as much as three-quarters. Many of these members are opposed to simple workers’ protections like paid sick days, paid family leave, and pay equity laws. Glenn Grothman once led the fight against pay equity in his state, noting, “money is more important for men.” Karen Handel openly stated, “I do not support a livable wage.”
20 week abortion ban without protections.
These members all put politics ahead of women’s lives when they voted for an unconstitutional ban on nearly all abortions after 20 weeks without a full exception for the health of the mother. The ban also put “onerous reporting requirements” on rape and incest victims and employed junk science that misled Americans.
These members are dangerously out of touch and openly hostile to the women constituents and voters they serve. Many of them are in tight races for re-election or the governor’s mansion.