Oct 18, 2012

The Real Tea Party House Republican Agenda for Women = Less Than Binders

If you thought Mitt Romney was bad with his belief that standing up for women means having binders full of them, then the Republican Tea Party Congress is a never-ending nightmare.

“As voters focus on who is standing up for women it’s crystal clear that House Republicans are on the extreme fringe and have sold out on all the issues that matter to women voters,” said Jesse Ferguson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “This Tea Party Majority has been downright hostile toward women with vote after vote to restrict a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, cut funding for Planned Parenthood, redefine rape, block renewal of the Violence Against Women Act and much more.  If Tea Party House Republicans had gotten the question at a debate about their plans on issues important to women like pay equity, their record tells us they would have offered a lot less than even a binder.”

Binders Full of Women: The Republican Tea Party Edition

  • House Republicans threatened to shut down the government over Planned Parenthood funding. [H Con Res 36, Vote #271, 4/14/11]
  • House Republicans voted against considering reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. [H Res 597, Vote #139, 3/28/12]
  • House Republicans Voted to Make Being a Women a Pre-Existing Condition Again. [H.R. 2 Vote #14 1/19/11; HR 6079, Vote #460, 7/11/12]
  • House Republicans voted to redefine rape. [House Judiciary Committee, markup vote, H.R. 3]
  • House Republicans voted to take away women’s access to full range of health care services.  [H.R. 358 Vote #789, 10/13/11]
  • Republicans voted to eliminate funding for the Title X family planning program. [H.R. 1 Vote #147, 2/19/11]
  • House Republicans voted for the “Let Women Die Act.” [HR 358, Vote #789, 10/13/11]
    • House Republicans voted to raise health care costs, including prescription drug costs, for women seniors. [H CON RES 34 Vote #277, 4/15/11]
    • House Republicans convened an all-male panel to discuss contraception. [ABC News, 2/16/12]
    • House Republicans voted against an attempt to remedy wage discrimination – The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. [S 181, Vote #37, 1/27/09]
    • Republicans voted to strip funding for Planned Parenthood [Vote #93, 2/18/11]

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