RECENT VOTES

Women’s Health

On Wednesday the House considered H.Res. 461, Establishing a Select Investigative Committee on Energy and Commerce. The purpose of this committee is quite simply, to malign and defund Planned Parenthood based on the misleading and discredited videos that anti-choice advocates secretly recorded.

To date, there are three ongoing Congressional investigations into Planned Parenthood. The Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the Judiciary Committee, and the Energy and Commerce Committee are all conducting investigations. H.Res. 461 creates a fourth unlimited taxpayer-funded investigation. This new committee has no deadline for releasing findings and its Chair can issue subpoenas. The committee doesn’t even have to be made up of members of the Energy and Commerce Committee, as is customary. Instead, only the Chair must come from that committee.

Over 90% of Planned Parenthood’s services involve cancer screenings and other preventive care. Yet the purpose of this new investigation is to defund its clinics, greatly diminishing patient access to health care. I voted NO. H.Res. 461 passed and the entire vote is recorded below:

  YEA NAY PRESENT NOT VOTING
REPUBLICAN

240

1

0

5

DEMOCRAT

2

183

0

3

TOTAL

242

184

0

8

MASSACHUSETTS
DELEGATION

0

9

0

0