H.R. 7: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017
Summary: Prohibits the use of federal funds for abortion or health coverage that includes abortion. The restrictions would apply to the “morning after pill,” in the case of women with non-lethal pregnancy health-related issues, and in the case of fetal abnormalities.
Paulsen voted: YEA
Paulsen’s vote RESTRICTS WOMEN’S RIGHTS TO MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT THEIR REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH WITHOUT GOVERNMENT MEDDLING.
Paulsen’s vote makes it MORE DIFFICULT for lower income women to terminate pregnancies and to receive health coverage related to abortion. The restrictions of the bill apply even when the woman has significant but non-lethal maternal health issues and when there are fetal abnormalities.
Paulsen’s vote INCREASES INEQUALITY IN THE PROVISION OF HEALTH CARE in our society. Higher income women will be able to access insurance that provides abortion health services whereas lower income women will not have access to this insurance.
Rule on the Independent Office of Congressional Ethics
Summary: On January 2, 2017, during a closed-door meeting, the House Republicans voted to put the Office of Congressional Ethics under the authority of the House Ethics Committee which is controlled by the Republican Congress.
Paulsen voted: ??? This was a closed-door session. Paulsen has not responded to our requests to tell us how he voted.
TAKEAWAY: This rule would have INCREASED THE LIKELIHOOD OF CORRUPTION in the U.S. Congress because it removes the independence of the Office of Congressional Ethics. Fortunately, after widespread public backlash, the House reversed course and did not impose the rule.