To block the D.C. "Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act" (RHNDA)

House Roll Call No. 194
114th Congress, 1st Session

Passed: 228-192 (see complete tally)
The U.S. Constitution places the District of Columbia under the exclusive legislative jurisdiction of Congress.  In 2015, the District Council (city council), which operates on authority delegated by Congress, enacted a law called the "Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act," which prohibits employers within the District from engaging in “discrimination” on the basis of “decisions” reached by employees, or potential employees, regarding “reproductive health” matters.  In a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives, NRLC said, "Under the RHNDA, using any 'decision . . . related to' abortion to inform decisions about hiring, firing, or benefits (among other things) would expose our organization both to enforcement actions by the District government bureaucracy, and to private lawsuits," and characterized the RHNDA as "a politically motivated attack on our organization and the other organizations that seek to vindicate the human rights of unborn children."  NRLC urged House members to approve H. J. Res. 43, introduced by Rep. Diane Black (R-Tn.), to prevent the RHNDA from taking effect.  On April 30, 2015, the House approved the NRL-backed resolution by a vote of 228 to 192.  On this roll call, 225 Republicans and three Democrats voted aye (pro-life), while 13 Republicans and 179 Democrats voted nay (pro-abortion).  Roll Call No. 194.  However, the U.S. Senate did not act on the matter, and the RHNDA went into effect.  See also roll call no. 12 in this scorecard.

Vote Map: House Roll Call No. 194
Votes For : 228
Votes Against : 192
Not Voting : 11

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