How Rob and Bob Vote on Issues that Matter to Women (part 3: Civil Rights)


borderwallsmNow that Trumpcare has failed, the President has set his sights on tax reform, and that means a budget bill that will include funding for Trump’s border wall. So, it’s a good time to think about how Rob and Bob have voted on civil rights issues, including immigration.

Rob Portman

As noted in an earlier post, Sen. Portman fashions himself a compassionate conservative. However, his record on civil rights positions and votes is mixed, and decidedly weak in some areas.

Rob and Civil Rights: Overview

So, how does Rob stack up? While the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) rates 85% of Sen. Portman’s positions as  favorable to LGBTQ people, which is great news. But, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) rates him at only 17% — more about that below.

In terms of immigration, Sen. Portman has solid ratings from both NumbersUSA (74%) and the Federation for American Immigration Reform (86%). But hang on…  What are these groups? NumbersUSA is a  group that is “pro-immigration” but “with numerical limits” — and specifically lower limits than we have now. Federation for American Immigration Reform, though, is a hard right group running headlines like “If you build it, they won’t come” and “Maryland values criminal aliens more than crime victims.” Yikes! Who would want to agree with this group 86% of the time?

Key Votes

Sen. Portman voted against the 2014 USA FREEDOM Act, the re-authorization of the (in)famous Patriot Act, and against its reauthorization in 2015. While this might seem to be a good thing, this bi-partisan re-authorization made some positive changes in the direction of civil liberties, such as ending bulk data collection.

Sen. Portman also voted against the ratification of the UN Treaty Document titled “The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,” a document “anchored in the principles of equality of opportunity, nondiscrimination, respect for dignity and individual autonomy, and inclusion of persons with disabilities.” The “no” vote on this treaty seems to be a party-line vote.

Even more mystifying is Sen. Portman’s vote against an amendment that “Prohibits the Indefinite Detention of Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents” where Portman was one of only 29 “no” votes on an action that was co-sponsored by Democrat and Republican colleagues.

Bottom Line

The bottom line is that Portman’s record on civil rights is weaker than you might expect for a moderate Republican.  Let Rob know what you think of Trump’s border wall and what you think of his record on civil rights legislation.

Bob Latta

Rep. Latta is a far right Republican, so it should be no surprise that he is more extreme than Portman in this area, too.

Bob and Civil Rights: Overview

The one bright spot in Sen. Portman’s civil rights record is his 85% rating from the HRC. How does Latta fare? Zero percent from the HRC, and even Rob’s anemic 17% rating from the ACLU looks a little better compared to Bob’s 11%.

On immigration, NumbersUSA scores Rep. Latta at 73%, similar to Sen. Portman.  But the far right propagandist Federation for American Immigration Reform organization scores him a perfect 100%.

Key Votes

Although it never became law, Rep. Latta voted for the controversial 2015 “Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act” that would punish cities for protecting immigrant populations by withdrawing certain funds–sound like any other ideas you’ve heard lately?

Rep. Latta also voted against the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and against the DREAM Act.

Bottom Line

Rep. Latta’s record on civil rights is very poor. He has voted in favor of discrimination and cruelty repeatedly. Let Bob know what you think of his record on civil rights.