Monday, May 4, 2015

Which 3 Dems Want DC Employers to be Able to Fire Women for Their Reproductive Choices?

On Thursday, the House voted to overturn the District's Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014, which the DC City Council passed unanimously in December.

What did DC's bill do? Here's RH Reality Check:
The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014 amends the District’s Human Rights Act, which deals with employment discrimination, to add that an employer cannot discriminate in “compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment” because of an employee’s or a dependent’s “reproductive health decision making, including a decision to use or access a particular drug, device or medical service.
Basically, it says that a boss can't fire or retaliate against an employee if said employee is using birth control or had an abortion. 
During the floor debate, DC's congressional delegate Eleanor Homes Norton sharply condemned the Republican effort to undermine the District:
"This resolution is wildly undemocratic. It is a naked violation of the nation's founding principle of local control of local affairs and is profoundly offensive to D.C. residents. This resolution uniquely targets my district, but every member will get to vote on it except for me, the District's elected representative."
The House vote to overturn the bill was 228 to 192, a mostly party line vote. 
Three Democrats joined the Republicans in voting to undermine democracy in the District and workplace protections for women:

Henry Cuellar (TX-28)
Dan Lipinski (IL-03)
Collin Peterson (MN-07)

Thirteen Republicans, all from swing districts, voted with Democrats:

Mike Coffman (CO-06)
Ryan Costello (PA-06)
Carlos Curbelo (FL-26)
Charlie Dent (PA-15)
Bob Dold (IL-10)
Chris Gibson (NY-19)
Richard Hanna (NY-22)
David Jolly (FL-13)
John Katko (NY-24)
Martha McSally (AZ-02)
Pat Meehan (PA-07)
Tom Reed (NY-23)
Elise Stefanik (NY-21)

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