House GOP blocks passage of pro-abortion, pro-LGBT bills

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UPDATE June 22 at 4 p.m. ET: In an email to the Christian Post, Stacey Daniels, Director of Communications for Rep. Lisa McClain, R-Mich., Announced that “MP McClain accidentally voted the wrong way. [on the Equal Access to Contraception for Veterans Act] and the Congressional Record has been updated to reflect this fact. Congress record now characteristics a quote from McClain, who said: “Mr. President, on roll call 160, I mistakenly voted ‘yes’ when I intended to vote ‘no’. McClain’s change in vote means 21 Republicans backed the legislation against 22.

Original article:

Congressional Republicans and conservative activists are celebrating “stunning” victories after GOP lawmakers successfully derailed pro-abortion and LGBT-related bills in the US House of Representatives.

The House held votes on Tuesday on the Equal Access to Contraception Act for Veterans and the Equal Credit and Investment Act for LGBTQ Businesses.

In both cases, lawmakers voted on whether to “suspend the rules and pass” the bills. According to Congress Research Service, “When a bill or other matter is deemed ‘suspended’, debate in the room is limited, all amendments in the room are prohibited and a two-thirds vote is required for final adoption. “

While the CRS describes the suspension of the rules as “a procedure that the House of Representatives often uses on the ground to act quickly on relatively uncontroversial legislation”, opponents of the bills do not think they are “uncontroversial. “.

According to Congress Budget Office, the Veterans Equal Access to Contraception Act “would eliminate co-payments that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) charges veterans who receive contraceptives from the Veterans Health Administration.”

However, the conservative Christian activist organization Family Research Council warned that the Veterans Equal Access to Contraception Act would have “increased insurance coverage to 100% for all forms of contraception approved by the FDA for veterans.”

“This includes ’emergency contraceptives’ like Plan B and Ella, which act as abortives by preventing implantation or ending the life of an embryo before implantation,” wrote the president of Family Research. Council, Tony Perkins, a leading Conservative social activist. “US taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to pay for abortion drugs, but that’s exactly what HR 239 requires.”

In the end, 240 members of Congress supported the Equal Access to Contraception Act for Veterans, which leaves it well below the two-thirds threshold required for adoption. Each House Democrat voted for the measure, along with 22 Republicans.

The LGBTQ Business Equal Credit Enforcement and Investment Act “Amend the Equal Credit Opportunity Act to require the collection of data on small business loans related to LGBTQ-owned businesses.” As currently drafted, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act is designed to “facilitate the enforcement of fair lending laws and enable communities, government entities and creditors to identify needs. and business and community development opportunities for women, minorities and small businesses. “

The LGBTQ Business Equal Credit Enforcement and Investment Act would insert the phrase “belonging to LGBTQ” after each use of the term “belonging to a minority” in existing law and would expand the definition of “sex” in the document to include “guidance. sexuality and gender identity. “

During the roll-call vote, the bill has received the support of 247 legislators. Perkins lamented the “alarming number of Republicans” who voted for both bills.

Representatives Mike Bost, R-Ill .; Rodney Davis, R-Ill. ; Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Penn .; Carlos Gimenez, R-Fla .; Tony Gonzales, R-Texas; Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio; John Katko, IA; Young Kim, R-California; Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. ; Nancy Mace, SRC; Nicole Malliotakis, IA; Mariannette Miller-Meeks, R-Iowa; Dan Newhouse, R-Wash .; Jay Obernolte, R-California; Tom Reed, IA. ; Maria Elvira Salazar, R-Fla. ; Michelle Steel, R-California; Fred Upton, R-Michigan; and Jeff Van Drew, RN.J .; supported both bills.

Representatives Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas; Kevin McCarthy, R-California; and Lisa McClain, R-Michigan; supported the Equal Access to Contraception Act for Veterans while opposing the LGBTQ Business Equal Credit Enforcement and Investment Act.

Representatives Ken Calvert, R-California; Tom Cole, R-Okla. ; Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla. ; Tom Emmer, R-Minn .; Andrew Garbarino, IA; Mike Garcia, R-California; Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa; David Joyce, R-Ohio; Patrick McHenry, IA; Greg Murphy, IA; Peter Meijer, R-Michigan; and David Valadao, R-California; supported the LGBTQ Business Equal Credit Enforcement and Investment Act while opposing the Equal Access to Contraception Act for Veterans.

In a maintenance with Breitbart News, Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, described the defeat of the two bills as an “astonishing” development and a “leverage point to try to restore the balance” on Capitol Hill.

He predicted that “if you start pulling some out, it gives you leverage points for Democrats to come back to us and say ‘okay, let’s make a deal.’

“This is what our base wants us to do,” he added. “That it works is good. Now we have to make it work steadily, and if we do, things will change. “

Biggs accused the Democrats of trying to “change all the rules and traditions of the House” to “force their entire agenda … down our throats.”

“Our position has always been that we have to fight on every problem,” Biggs said. “This is why we are asking for roll-call votes on the suspension votes because we want transparency for the American public …”

In most cases, legislation can be passed by the House of Representatives by simple majority. This has made it possible for Democrats, who have a slim majority in the lower house, to easily pass progressive legislation despite building up little or no Republican support.

Such legislation includes a invoice make Washington, DC a state, the Equality Act seeking to codify protections against discrimination for the LGBT community in federal law and the People’s Law, which would increase federal oversight of how states conduct federal elections.

Most US Senate laws require 60 votes to pass. Since Democrats only have a narrow 50-50 majority in the upper house, with Vice President Kamala Harris having the deciding vote, Democrats need the support of 10 Republicans to pass most laws.

Additionally, Senate Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced his opposition to the For the People Act and the Washington State Bill as well as eliminating the 60-vote rule, an idea that was pioneered by Democrats seeking to pass progressive House-approved legislation without the backing of Republicans. Due to the makeup of the Senate and current Senate rules, progressive legislation has yet to be passed by the upper house during the 117th Congress.

Ryan Foley is a reporter for the Christian Post. He can be contacted at: [email protected]

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