Myths about De-regulation

pollutionRob and Bob have been spending a lot of time promoting and voting for various de-regulation efforts. And, de-regulation as a topic is a winner–not controversial like building a wall or getting rid of people’s healthcare. It’s also wonky enough that most people don’t look too much further than the glib assurances that it’s a good thing.

But, as boring as this topic might be, it’s really important, so let’s take a few minutes to look at a couple of initiatives these guys are really proud of that aren’t quite what they seem.

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Rob and Bob DON’T Speak Out

When Silence isn’t Golden

emptytownhall.jpgCongress is enjoying a two week recess, and it’s a time when representatives should be interacting with their constituents. Yet many Republican members of congress, including Rob Portman and Bob Latta have scheduled no public events where voters can engage them in conversations about past votes or upcoming policies.

Contact Rob and Bob and tell them you’d like to talk to them at a town hall.

In the meantime, here are a few things they are NOT speaking out about:

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C’mon Rob! Stop Voting Against Ohio’s Women!

titlexrulevoteOnce again, Republicans are saying “no.” This time, they are repealing a rule that would promote fair funding at the state level to clinics that provide vital women’s health services (HJ Res 43).

And there was Rob Portman, voting with his party and against Ohio’s women. What’s really disappointing is that, because of 2 Republican defections (thank you Susan Collins (ME) and Lisa Murkowski (AK)), this resolution could have been defeated. (Mike Pence was hauled over to cast the tie-breaking vote.)

Let Rob know what you think of his vote to repeal a rule that would have ensured federal funding for clinics providing vital women’s health services.

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How Rob and Bob Vote on Issues that Matter to Women (part 4: Education)

Summary

EducationIn the final part of our Women’s History Month series, let’s examine Rob Portman and Bob Latta’s recent records on education. Sen. Portman recently made news by voting in favor of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education, despite vocal protests from constituents all across Ohio. More about that below. How does Rob do overall? And what about Bob Latta? Read on to find out more.

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3 Talking Points for Rob and Bob on the GOP Healthcare Plan

Update 3/24/17: GOP Healthcare Bill Pulled!

Facing increasing resistance, GOP leadership pulled their healthcare bill in the house without taking a final vote. There are no plans for rescheduling this vote, and both Paul Ryan and the President say that the ACA will remain the law of the land for the forseeable future.

Many pundits credit the GOP Freedom Caucus with the failure–they didn’t think the bill was far enough to the right. But every concession that was made to this group made the bill more inhumane, and it was the outcry of ordinary people who would be affected by this terrible legislation that moved moderate Republicans to retract their support.

24 Million May Lose Coverage

the-american-health-care-act-gopThe main point that we need to keep at the center of the healthcare discussion is that real people who need real help with lose it with the GOP plan. The Congressional Budget Office Report estimates that in ten years, as many as 24 million could lose coverage:

  • 14 million could lose coverage by 2018
  • 21 million total could lose coverage by 2020
  • 24 million total could lose coverage by 2026

The President famously promised “coverage for all” and that he would not leave people “dying in the streets,” but this plan resoundingly would not provide coverage for all, and it could lead to real and deadly consequences for millions who would lose access to healthcare or have to settle for plans with high deductibles and little effective coverage.

Bottom line

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How Rob and Bob Vote on Issues that Matter to Women (part 2: Health)

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. Part 1 deals with issues like reproductive rights and legislation specifically involving women. But of course, women care about all kinds of issues. This part focuses on health and safety.

[Note: The Republican drive to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is an issue unto itself that is covered in Rob and Bob: No Sore, No Vote and 5 Healthcare Talking Points for Rob and Bob.]

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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.

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Rob and Bob: No Score, No Vote

Update 3/24/17: GOP Healthcare Bill Pulled!

Facing increasing resistance, GOP leadership pulled their healthcare bill in the house without taking a final vote. There are no plans for rescheduling this vote, and both Paul Ryan and the President say that the ACA will remain the law of the land for the forseeable future.

Many pundits credit the GOP Freedom Caucus with the failure–they didn’t think the bill was far enough to the right. But every concession that was made to this group made the bill more inhumane, and it was the outcry of ordinary people who would be affected by this terrible legislation that moved moderate Republicans to retract their support.

ACA “Repeal and Replace” Update

affordable-care-act-logoThe GOP health plan, officially called the American Health Care Act, has been revealed. It contains much of what was expected, including a big tax break for the wealthiest Americans. Worse, millions of people might lose health coverage altogether.

But no one really knows the score about how the Republican’s plan will measure up to the ACA–literally, because GOP leaders have released the bill, and hope to get it through committee, without Congressional Budget Office scores. The non-partisan CBO evaluates the cost of legislation, and in a case like this, would also estimate how many people would be covered by the bill. It is ridiculous to ask for any kind of vote without providing lawmakers a clear sense of what they are voting for.

Tell Sen. Rob Portman and Rep. Bob Latta, no score, no vote!

Update

Here is some preliminary information on the effects this plan could have from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:

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Legislation Affecting Women: Good News, Bad News

In honor of International Women’s Day, let’s review some recent legislation related to women.

The Good News:

dnl-ath040611-1Two bills were recently (Feb. 28, 2017) passed by Congress and signed into law by the President. One authorizes “the National Science Foundation to support entrepreneurial programs for women” – it’s called the “Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act.”

The other, the “Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act,” mandates development of a plan for connecting current and retired NASA scientists, engineers, and astronauts (particularly women) with K-12 female STEM students.

These two bills were so overwhelmingly supported, that they were passed through consensus, without needed a roll call vote.

But…..

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