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  • Conscience Protection Act of 2016


    A picture of Representative Marsha Blackburn

    Representative Marsha Blackburn

    From: TN District 7

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-07-13

    BLACKBURN. Madam Speaker, pursuant to House Resolution 822, I call up the bill (S. 304) to improve motor vehicle safety by encouraging the sharing of certain information, and ask for its immediate consideration...



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    Representative Diana DeGette

    From: CO District 1

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-07-13

    DeGETTE. Madam Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume. I rise in opposition to this bill, which is really nothing more than a wolf in sheep's clothing. It is being touted as just simply...



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    Representative Paul Ryan

    From: WI District 1

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-07-13

    RYAN of Wisconsin asked and was given permission to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. RYAN of Wisconsin. Madam Speaker, I think we can all agree that in this country no one should be forced to perform...



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    Representative Janice D. Schakowsky

    From: IL District 9

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-07-13

    SCHAKOWSKY. Madam Speaker, let's talk about conscience and whose conscience should prevail in a decision about what a woman does with her body and who makes that decision. Is it the conscience of an...



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    Representative Kevin McCarthy

    From: CA District 23

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-07-13

    McCARTHY. I thank the gentlewoman for yielding. Madam Speaker, before I begin, I want to thank Congressman John Fleming, and I want to thank Congresswoman Diane Black. Before we come here as Members...



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    Representative Frank Pallone Jr.

    From: NJ District 6

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-07-13

    PALLONE. Madam Speaker, when will the Republicans' war on women end? First, Republicans passed a bill to allow a woman's boss to decide whether she has access to contraceptives. Next, Republicans passed...



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    Representative Diane Black

    From: TN District 6

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-07-13

    BLACKBURN. Madam Speaker, pursuant to House Resolution 822, I call up the bill (S. 304) to improve motor vehicle safety by encouraging the sharing of certain information, and ask for its immediate consideration...



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    Representative Lois Capps

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    Date: 2016-07-13

    CAPPS. I thank my colleague for yielding. Madam Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to the so-called Conscience Protection Act. Despite its name, this bill actually does the opposite. It would infringe...



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    Representative John Fleming

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    Date: 2016-07-13

    FLEMING. Madam Speaker, I include in the Record the testimony from Honorable Dr. Dave Weldon, author of the Weldon amendment, on this very bill and a few letters I received from obstetricians and gynecologists...



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    Representative Kathy Castor

    From: FL District 14

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-07-13

    CASTOR of Florida. Madam Speaker, I rise in opposition to S. 304 because this Republican bill discriminates against women. In fact, it promotes discrimination by sanctioning interference with a woman's...



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    Representative Vicky Hartzler

    From: MO District 4

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-07-13

    HARTZLER. Madam Speaker, I rise today in firm support of the Conscience Protection Act. The validity and timeliness of this legislation could not be more important in light of recent events in California...



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    Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III

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    Date: 2016-07-13

    KENNEDY. Madam Speaker, I thank the gentlewoman from Colorado for being such a strong voice on women's rights in this country. Colleagues, yesterday, this body considered a bill that would codify discrimination...



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    Representative Jeff Fortenberry

    From: NE District 1

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-07-13

    FORTENBERRY. Madam Speaker, we have all used this expression: ``I can't do that in good conscience.'' But we really don't think deeply about what it means. So let me take a moment from the debate here...



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    Representative Bill Foster

    From: IL District 11

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-07-13

    FOSTER. Madam Speaker, I rise today to speak out against the so- called Conscience Protection Act. I proudly represent the 11th District of Illinois. And as someone who supports a woman's right to choose,...



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    Representative Steve Scalise

    From: LA District 1

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-07-13

    SCALISE. Madam Speaker, I want to thank the gentlewoman from Tennessee for yielding and for her leadership not only on this bill, but especially for her work as chair of the Select Investigative Panel...



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    Representative Carolyn B. Maloney

    From: NY District 12

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-07-13

    MALONEY of New York. I thank the gentlewoman for her leadership on this bill and in so many other areas. Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to the so-called Conscience Protection Act. It is,...



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    Representative Joseph R. Pitts

    From: PA District 16

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-07-13

    PITTS. Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of the bill before us today. It is an urgent and necessary legislative fix. The Conscience Protection Act would simply make the protections of the Weldon...



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    Representative Ami Bera

    From: CA District 7

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-07-13

    BERA. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in opposition to another bill that is aimed to come between a woman and her doctor. I have heard a lot of people talk about laws in California and so forth and what we...



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    Representative Gus M. Bilirakis

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    Date: 2016-07-13

    BILIRAKIS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the Conscience Protection Act. This legislation helps us protect our Nation's most vulnerable and protects healthcare providers' right of choice. The...



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    Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton

    From: DC District 0

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-07-13

    NORTON. Mr. Speaker, I thank my friend for yielding to me, and I rise in strong opposition to this bill. Republicans have a hard time winning, especially on abortion. Already there are no Federal funds...



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    Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers

    From: WA District 5

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-07-13

    McMORRIS RODGERS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the Conscience Protection Act because, in America, we think and believe differently than each other. We are granted the freedom to believe. It...



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    Representative Katherine M. Clark

    From: MA District 5

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-07-13

    CLARK of Massachusetts. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentlewoman from Colorado for yielding and for all her work in this area. Mr. Speaker, the bill before us today would allow a woman's boss to decide...



    A picture of Representative Tim Huelskamp

    Representative Tim Huelskamp

    From: KS District 1

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-07-13

    HUELSKAMP. Mr. Speaker, in 2009, President Obama, told Notre Dame University graduates: Let's honor the conscience of those who disagree with abortion, and draft a sensible conscience clause,...



    A picture of Representative Randy Hultgren

    Representative Randy Hultgren

    From: IL District 14

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-07-13

    HULTGREN. Mr. Speaker, a central principle in our Nation's history has been a clear rejection of government forcing someone to take an action that violates their religious or moral convictions. Americans...



    A picture of Representative Lois Frankel

    Representative Lois Frankel

    From: FL District 22

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-07-13

    FRANKEL of Florida. I thank the gentlewoman for yielding. Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to the so-called Conscience Protection Act, which allows employers and others to block women's access...



    A picture of Representative Keith J. Rothfus

    Representative Keith J. Rothfus

    From: PA District 12

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-07-13

    ROTHFUS. Mr. Speaker, as seen in this debate, few issues divide this country the way abortion does. One sides argues an autonomy that allows no questions. The other implores we recognize the inalienable,...



    A picture of Representative Brad R. Wenstrup

    Representative Brad R. Wenstrup

    From: OH District 2

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-07-13

    WENSTRUP. Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of the Conscience Protection Act, which would prevent the Federal, State, and local government from discriminating against healthcare providers who choose...



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    Representative Gene Green

    From: TX District 29

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-07-13

    GREEN of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I rise to express my opposition to S. 304, the so-called ``Conscience Protection Act.'' This bill would allow employers, insurance companies, and other health care entities...



    A picture of Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz

    Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz

    From: FL District 23

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-07-13

    WASSERMAN SCHULTZ. Mr. Speaker, I have a motion to recommit at the desk. The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is the gentlewoman opposed to the bill? Ms. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ. I am, in its current form. The SPEAKER...



    A picture of Representative Rodney Davis

    Representative Rodney Davis

    From: IL District 13

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-07-13

    DAVIS of Illinois. Mr. Speaker, on rollcall No. 442, I was unavoidably detained. Had I been present, I would have voted ``nay.'' The SPEAKER pro tempore. The question is on the passage of the bill. ...



    A picture of Representative Diana DeGette

    Representative Diana DeGette

    From: CO District 1

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-07-13

    DeGETTE. Mr. Speaker, on that I demand the yeas and nays. The yeas and nays were ordered. The SPEAKER pro tempore. This will be a 5-minute vote. The vote was taken by electronic device, and there...



    A picture of Representative Stevan Pearce

    Representative Stevan Pearce

    From: NM District 2

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-07-13

    PEARCE. Mr. Speaker, on rollcall No. 443, on the passage of S. 304, I am not recorded because I am representing constituents in business outside of Washington, DC. Had I been present, I would have voted...



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    Representative Chris Van Hollen

    From: MD District 8

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-07-13

    VAN HOLLEN of maryland in the house of representatives Wednesday, July 13, 2016 Mr. VAN HOLLEN. Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong...



    A picture of Representative Barbara Lee

    Representative Barbara Lee

    From: CA District 13

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-07-13

    LEE of california in the house of representatives Wednesday, July 13, 2016 Ms. LEE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong opposition...