How Rob and Bob Vote on Issues that Matter to Women (part 1)

Summary

In honor of Women’s History Month, let’s take a look at the recent voting past of Rob Portman and Bob Latta on issues that matter to women. Of course, women care about all kinds of issues, but this series of posts will focus on Rob and Bob’s positions on issues specifically involving women as well as legislation related to healthcare, education, and civil rights. In this post, issues involving women are reviewed.

Rob Portman

portmanideologySen. Portman is widely considered a centrist in the Senate, and his recent support of the Medicaid expansion suggests this is true, but then again, he also voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as secretary of education, despite the pleas of many, many constituents that he vote no.

Rob and Women: Overview

So how does Portman stack up? When it comes to women’s issues, Planned Parenthood gave him a score of 0% for his voting record in 2016, while the National Right to Life organization scored him at 100% for his positions (2015 latest available). Here’s a list of other organization scores:

Rob Portman’s Ratings by Women’s Groups
Group Score
American Association of University Women  33%
United States Women’s Chamber of Commerce  50%
Concerned Women for America (“Promotes Biblical values and strong family values by lobbying Congress…”)  81%

Key Votes

Sen. Portman has voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act in 2013, but voted against bringing the Paycheck Fairness Act (2014) to a vote on the Senate floor. Twice. He also voted against a bill called “Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference” (2014) — basically, a bill that would have required companies to provide all of the health coverage for women mandated by federal law, rather than omitting certain services from health plans because of employers’ religious views.

Bottom Line

Sen. Portman has been described as a “compassionate conservative,” and he has voted in favor of some legislation that has helped women. But, he seems unable to separate his religious views from his public service, and according to the U.S. Constitution, that’s not okay. In the 115th Congress, he has also shown a propensity to put party before country. His recent stand against the GOP repeal and replace health bill is a hopeful sign, but it’s important to let Rob know what you think of his record on legislation affecting women.

Bob Latta

lattaideologyThere are few members of Congress further to the right than Rep. Bob Latta. So it’s unsurprising that his record is consistently abysmal on issues related to women.

Bob and Women: Overview

Bob Latta doesn’t just vote to Defund Planned Parenthood, he co-sponsors the bill and promotes an “Investigation into Planned Parenthood” on his website. If Planned Parenthood could give negative ratings for legislators, they probably would, but a 0% has to do. Unsurprisingly, National Right to Life scores Latta at 100%. A review of other organizations reinforces his extreme views:

Bob Latta’s Ratings by Women’s Groups
Group Score
American Association of University Women  14%
Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA)  0%
Concerned Women for America (“Promotes Biblical values and strong family values by lobbying Congress…”)  100%

Key Votes

Rep. Latta voted against the reauthorization of the Violence against Women Act in 2013. He voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, and voted three times against amendments to the Employment Discrimination Law (2008-9) aimed at helping women. In other words, he has a long history of opposing the interests of women.

Bottom Line

Rep. Latta makes no apology for his aggressive stances against women, and though he might think of these views as “moral,” they are regressive and oppressive, clouded inappropriately by religious views, and in short, extreme. This March, in honor of Women’s History Month, why not call Bob and let him know that you are a voter who doesn’t appreciate his opposition to women’s rights.