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To block the D.C. "Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act" (RHNDA)

07/07/2016
House Roll Call No. 390
114th Congress, 2nd Session

Agreed to: 223-192 (see complete tally)
The U.S. Constitution places the District of Columbia under the exclusive legislative jurisdiction of Congress.  In 2015, the District Council (city council), which operates on authority delegated by Congress, enacted a law called the "Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act" (RHNDA), which prohibits employers within the District from engaging in “discrimination” on the basis of “decisions” reached by employees, or potential employees, regarding “reproductive health” matters.  In a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives, NRLC said, "Under the RHNDA, using any 'decision . . . related to' abortion to inform decisions about hiring, firing, or benefits (among other things) would expose our organization both to enforcement actions by the District government bureaucracy, and to private lawsuits," and characterized the RHNDA as "a politically motivated attack on our organization and the other organizations that seek to vindicate the human rights of unborn children." On July 7, 2016, during consideration of the Financial Services appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2017, pro-life Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Al.) offered an NRLC-backed amendment to impede District officials from expending funds to enforce the RHNDA.  The Palmer Amendment passed, 223-192.  This pro-life amendment was supported by 221 Republicans and two Democrats.  It was opposed by 178 Democrats and 14 Republicans.  Roll call no. 390.  See also roll calls no. 3 and no. 12 in this scorecard.


Vote Map: House Roll Call No. 390
Votes For : 223
Votes Against : 192
Not Voting : 18

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