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

09/14/2017
House Roll Call No. 518
115th Congress, 1st Session

Agreed to: 214-194 (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.  During consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives of a bill to fund most government agencies during Fiscal Year 2018, Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Al.) offered an amendment to prohibit the District's local government from expending funds to enforce the RHNDA.  In a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives dated September 7, 2017, National Right to Life urged support for the Palmer Amendment, noting, "It would be intolerable for an advocacy organization such as ours to be required to hire, or prohibited from firing, a person who . . . [engages] in advocacy or any other activity that is directly antithetical to our core mission to lawfully advocate for the civil rights of the unborn."  The Palmer Amendment was adopted, 214-194, a pro-life win.  The amendment was supported by 212 Republicans and two Democrats; it was opposed by 11 Republicans and 183 Democrats.  House roll call no. 518, September 14, 2017.  [The House subsequently passed H.R. 3354 and sent it to the U.S. Senate for further consideration.]




Vote Map: House Roll Call No. 518
Votes For : 214
Votes Against : 194
Not Voting : 25

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