Life Advocacy Briefing

October 18, 2010

Voting Record Index – 111th Congress

WE PUBLISH IN THIS LIFE ADVOCACY BRIEFING our comprehensive Voting Record Index for 2009-2010, reflecting the roll calls which Life Advocacy has published in our Briefing during the two years of this current Congress.

Senate Index Key

A.Martinez Amendment to HR-2, to reinstate and codify the suspended “Mexico City Policy” barring US foreign aid to organization which commit, abet or promote abortion overseas – Jan. 28, 2009 – Amendment failed 37 to 60

B. Hatch Amendment to HR-2, to codify Bush-era regulations specifying an unborn child is eligible for the State Child Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) – Jan. 29, 2009 – Amendment failed 39 to 59

C. Wicker Amendment to the Omnibus spending bill to require that funds appropriated for the United

Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) are not used by organizations which support coercive abortion or

involuntary sterilization – March 5, 2009 – Amendment failed 39 to 55

D. On the nomination of abortion industry lawyer David Ogden to Deputy Atty. General – March 12, 2009 – Confirmed 65 to 28

E. On the nomination of ACLU anti-Life lawyer Thomas Perrelli to Assoc. Atty. General – March 12, 2009 – Confirmed 72 to 20

F. Motion to table the Ensign Amendment including pregnancy centers and battered women shelters in the GIVE Act – March 25, 2009 – Tabling Motion adopted 56 to 41

G. Coburn “Medical Conscience Protection” Amendment to Senate Budget Resolution – April 2, 2009  – Amendment failed 41 to 56

H. On the nomination of Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health & Human Services – April 28, 2009 – Confirmed 65 to 31

I.On the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor as Assoc. Justice of the US Supreme Court – Aug. 6, 2009 – Confirmed 68 to 31

J. Cloture motion to bring to immediate vote the nomination of Cass Sunstein as Administrator of the Office of Information & Regulatory Affairs, OMB – Sept. 9, 2009 – Cloture adopted 63 to 35

K. On the nomination of Cass Sunstein – Sept. 10, 2009 – Confirmed 57 to 40

L. Motion for immediate consideration of the nomination of David Hamilton to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals – Nov. 17, 2009 – Motion adopted 70 to 29

M. On the nomination of David Hamilton – Nov. 19, 2009 – Confirmed 59 to 39

N. Motion to proceed to HR-3590, vehicle for Reid/Obama Healthcare Takeover bill – Nov. 21, 2009 – Motion adopted 60 to 39

O. Mikulski Amendment to Reid/Obama Healthcare Takeover bill – Providing authority to mandate private coverage of “preventative care” for women with no abortion exclusion – Dec. 3, 2009 – Amendment adopted 61 to 39

P. Murkowski Amendment to Reid/Obama Healthcare Takeover bill – Excluding abortion coverage in “preventive care” and barring rationing via application of “comparative effectiveness research” – Dec. 3, 2009 – Amendment failed 41 to 59

Q. Motion to table Nelson/Hatch Amendment which would have excluded abortion coverage from ObamaCare – Dec. 8, 2009 – Tabling Motion adopted (blocking the amendment) 54 to 45

R. Procedural motion to waive a Rule to allow consideration of the Omnibus Appropriation conference report – Dec. 11, 2009 – Motion adopted 60 to 36 (Needing 60)

S. Cloture motion to end debate on Omnibus Appropriation Conference Report – Dec. 12, 2009 – Cloture adopted 60 to 34 (Needing 60)

T. Omnibus Appropriation Conference Report – Dec. 13, 2009 – Report adopted 57 to 35 (Needing 51)

U. Motion to table Coburn Amendment to HR-4872 (ObamaCare & Student Loan ‘Reconciliation’ bill)  which would have barred coverage of drugs intended to induce abortion (e.g. RU-486) and erectile dysfunction drugs for sex offenders – March 24, 2010 – Tabling motion adopted 57 to 42

V. HR-4872 ObamaCare & Student Loan ‘Reconciliation’ bill, developed as a ploy to leverage passage of federal control of medical care with no provision to exclude abortion coverage, protect conscience or prevent rationing – March 25, 2010 – Passed 56 to 43

W. On the nomination of Elena Kagan as Assoc. Justice of the US Supreme Court – Aug. 5, 2010 –  Confirmed 63 to 37

X. Cloture motion to proceed to consideration of Defense Authorization Bill (S-3454) – including mandate for military hospitals to commit abortions – with no agreement to permit amendments – Sept. 21, 2010 – Failed 56 to 43 (Needing 60)


Senate Index

100% Pro-Life

    … Republicans: IA/Grassley; MS/Wicker; NV/Ensign; WY/Barrasso

    … Democrats (none)

100% Pro-Life when voting but with absence(s) (lower-case letter/s after “/” marks “not voting”)

    … Republicans: FL/LeMieux/*; GA/Isakson/d,e,u,v; KY/Bunning/r,s,t; MA/Brown/**; NE/Johanns/c,d,e; NC/Burr/r; OK/Coburn/r,s,t & Inhofe/t; SC/DeMint/s; TX/Hutchison/m,r; WY/Enzi/f

    … Democrats (none)

Mostly Pro-Life—Voting “pro-life” on 15 or more roll calls when voting (upper-case letters after “/”  mark anti-Life votes; lower-case letters after “/” mark “not voting”)

    … Republicans: AL/Sessions/E/c,h & Shelby/S,T; AK/Murkowski/A,B,E,K,M/x; AZ/Kyl/D,E & McCain/D,E; GA/Chambliss/M/a; ID/Crapo/A,B & Risch/A,B; KS/Brownback/H & Roberts/H; KY/McConnell/E; LA/Vitter/O; MS/Cochran/R,S,T; MO/Bond/D,E,H,I,R/s,t; NH/Gregg/D,E,H,I,J,M,W; OH/Voinovich/D,E,H,I,J,K/l,t; SC/Graham/D,E,I,W; SD/Thune/M; TN/Alexander/D,E,I,M & Corker/E; TX/Cornyn/M/d,e; UT/Bennett/E,J,K & Hatch/E,J,K,M

    … Democrats (none)

Mixed—Voting “pro-Life” on 11 to 14 roll calls when voting (upper-case letters after “/” mark anti-Life votes; lower-case letters after “/” mark “not voting”)

    … Republicans: IN/Lugar/D,E,H,I,J,K,M,N,W/s

    … Democrats: NE/Nelson/D,E,H,I,J,L,M,N,R,S,T,X;

Mostly anti-Life—Voting “pro-Life” on 1 to 10 roll calls when voting (upper-case letters after “/” mark pro-Life votes; lower-case letters after “/” mark “not voting”)

    … Republicans: ME/Collins/L,N,U,V,X & Snowe/L,N,R,S,T,U,V,X

    … Democrats: AK/Begich/K; AR/Lincoln/J,K,V,X & Pryor/G,J,K,Q,V,X; DE/Kaufman/Q; IN/Bayh/C,Q,R,S,T,U; MO/McCaskill/R,S,T; NV/Reid/X***; ND/Conrad/F,Q & Dorgan/Q/t; PA/Casey/B,C,D,F,G,Q & Specter****/F; VT/Sanders*****/K; VA/Webb/J,K; WI/Feingold/O,R,S,T

100% anti-Life when voting (lower-case letters after “/” mark “not voting”)

    … Republicans (none)

    … Democrats: CA/Boxer/k & Feinstein; CO/Bennet & Udall; CT/Dodd & Lieberman*****; DE/Carper; FL/Nelson; HI/Akaka & Inouye; IL/Burris & Durbin; IA/Harkin; LA/Landrieu/c; MD/Cardin & Mikulski; MA/Kerry; MI/Levin & Stabenow; MN/Klobuchar & Franken******; MT/Baucus/n & Tester; NV/Reid; NH/Shaheen; NJ/Lautenberg & Menendez; NM/Bingaman & Udall; NY/Gillibrand & Schumer; NC/Hagan/d,e; OH/Brown; OR/Merkley/t & Wyden; RI/Reed & Whitehouse; SD/Johnson; VT/Leahy; VA/Warner; WA/Cantwell & Murray/t; WV/Goodwin******* & Rockefeller/h; Kohl

*Sen. George LeMieux was appointed to replace Sen. Mel Martinez, who resigned mid-term.

**Sen. Scott Brown was elected mid-term to succeed the late Sen. Edward Kennedy.

***Sen. Harry Reid, the Majority Leader, voted against cloture only to preserve his opportunity to move to reconsider the vote when the Senate reconvenes after the November 2010 election.

****Sen. Arlen Specter began 2009 as a Republican but switched to become a Democrat late in April 2009.

*****Though Senators Joseph Lieberman and Bernard Sanders are listed officially as “Independents,” since they caucus with Senate Democrats, Life Advocacy considers them Democrats for purposes of this Index.

******Sen. Al Franken was seated in time for Vote I after a lengthy recount in Minnesota; he voted consistently anti-Life for the balance of the 111th Congress.

*******Sen. Carte Goodwin was appointed to succeed the late Sen. Robert Byrd. He took the oath of office on July 20, 2010, so missed nearly all the roll calls in this Index.


House Index Key

A.HR-2410 – Foreign Affairs Reauthorization Act including establishment of a new Office for Global Women’s Issues to promote abortion overseas – June 10, 2009 – Passed 235-187

B. HR-3170 – DC Abortion Funding – Motion to table a pro-life motion to appeal the ruling of the Chair which disallowed a pro-life motion to recommit the Financial Services & General Government Appropriation with instructions to prohibit public funding of abortions in the District of Columbia – July 16, 2009 – Tabling Motion adopted 225-195

C. HRes-644 – Rule for consideration of HR-3170 excluding the Tiahrt Amendment to prohibit public funding of abortions in the District of Columbia – July 16, 2009 – Rule Resolution adopted 216-213

D. HR-3170 – Final passage DC Appropriation without abortion funding limit – July 16, 2009 – Passed 219-208

E. HR-3293 – Pence Amendment to disqualify Planned Parenthood from Title X (Ten) funding in Health & Human Services Appropriation – July 24, 2009 – Failed 183-247

F. HR-3262 – Stupak/Pitts/Hyde Amendment to Pelosi version of ObamaCare to explicitly exclude abortion from coverage – Nov. 7, 2009 – Adopted 240-194-1

G. HR-3262 – Passage of Pelosi version of ObamaCare advancing socialization and rationing of medical care – Nov. 7, 2009 – Passed 220-215

H. Motion to table Cantor Resolution to pre-empt Slaughter Rule anticipated to deem Senate ObamaCare bill to have passed the House without a vote (Slaughter Rule tactic later abandoned) – March 18, 2010 – Tabling Motion adopted 232-181

I.Rule for consideration of House passage of Senate version of ObamaCare – March 21, 2010 – Adopted 224-206

J. HR-3590 – House passage of Reid/ObamaCare – March 21, 2010 – Passed 219-212

K. Motion to recommit ObamaCare Reconciliation Act to add Stupak/Pitts/Hyde Amendment excluding abortion coverage from HR-3590 – March 21, 2010 – Failed 199-232

L. HR-4872 – ObamaCare Reconciliation bill, developed as a ploy to leverage passage of federal control of medical care with no provision to exclude abortion coverage, protect conscience or prevent rationing – March 21, 2010 – Passed 220-211


House Index

100% Pro-Life

    … Republicans: AL/Aderholt, Bonner, Griffith, Rogers; AK/Young; AZ/Flake, Franks; AR/Boozman; CA/Bilbray, Bono-Mack, Calvert, Campbell, Dreier, Gallegly, Hunter, Issa, Lewis, Lungren, McCarthy, McClintock, McKeon, Gary Miller, Nunes, Rohrabacher, Royce; CO/Coffman, Lamborn; FL/Bilirakis, Brown-Waite, Crenshaw, L. Diaz-Balart, M. Diaz-Balart, Mack, Mica, Miller, Posey, Putnam, Rooney, Ros-Lehtinen, Stearns; GA/Broun, Gingrey, Kingston; ID/Simpson; IL/Johnson, Manzullo, Roskam, Schock, Shimkus; IN/Burton, Buyer; IA/Latham; KS/Moran, Tiahrt; KY/Davis, Guthrie, Rogers, Whitfield; LA/Alexander, Boustany, Cassidy, Fleming, Scalise; MD/Bartlett; MI/Camp, Ehlers, McCotter, Miller, Rogers; MN/Bachmann, Kline, Paulsen; MS/Harper; MO/Akin, Blunt, Emerson, Graves, Luetkemeyer; MT/Rehberg; NE/Fortenberry, Smith, Terry; NV/Heller; NJ/Garrett, LoBiondo, Smith; NY/King, Lee; NC/Coble, Foxx, Jones, McHenry, Myrick; OH/Austria, Jordan, Latta, Schmidt, Tiberi, Turner; OK/Cole, Fallin; PA/Gerlach, Tim Murphy, Pitts, Platts, Thompson; SC/Brown, Inglis, Wilson; TN/Blackburn, Duncan, Roe, Wamp; TX/Barton, Brady, Burgess, Carter, Conaway, Culberson, Gohmert, Granger, Hall, Sam Johnson, Marchant, McCaul, Neugebauer, Olson, Poe, Sessions, Smith, Thornberry; UT/Chaffeftz; VA/Cantor, Forbes, Goodlatte, Wittman, Wolf; WA/McMorris-Rodgers; WI/Petri, Ryan, Sensenbrenner; WY/Lummis

Democrats: MS/Childers, Taylor; NC/McIntyre; OK/Boren

100% Pro-Life when voting but with absence/s (lower-case letter/s after “/” marks “not voting”)

Republicans: AL/Bachus/a; CA/Herger/b,d, Radanovich/h; FL/Young/c; GA/Linder/b,d, Price/c, Westmoreland/h; IN/Pence/b,c,d; IA/King/b,d,h; MI/Hoekstra/h; OH/Boehner/e; OK/Lucas/b,c,d, Sullivan/a,b,d; PA/Shuster/b,d; SC/Barrett/b,d,e,h; TX/Hensarling/b,d, Paul/e; UT/Bishop/e; WA/Hastings/h

Democrats: TN/Davis/h

100% Pro-Life except one “Present” vote (upper-case letter after “/” marks “Present”)

Republicans: AZ/Shadegg/F; FL/Buchanan/D

Democrats: none

Mostly Pro-Life – Voting “pro-life” on all but 1 to 5 roll calls when voting (upper-case letter/s after “/” mark/s anti-Life votes; lower-case letter/s after “/” mark/s “not voting”)

Republicans: DE/Castle/A,E; IL/Biggert/E, Kirk/A,E; KS/Jenkins/E; LA/Cao/G; MI/Upton/E; NJ/Frelinghuysen/E, Lance/A,E; OH/LaTourette/A; OR/Walden/E; PA/Dent/A,E; WA/Reichert/A; WV/Capito/E

Democrats: AL/Davis/A,E,H,K; AR/Ross/A,E,H; IL/Costello/G,H,I,J,L, Lipinski/A,G,H,H; IN/Donnelly/G,H,I,J,L, Ellsworth/G,I,J,K,L/h; MO/Skelton/B,H; NC/Shuler/A; PA/Altmire/A,E,H,J, Holden/A,B,D,E,H

Conflicted – Voting “pro-life” on 6 roll calls; otherwise “anti-life” (upper-case letters after “/” mark anti-life votes)

Republicans: none

Democrats: AR/Berry/A,C,D,G,H,I; GA/Barrow/A,B,C,D,E,H; PA/Dahlkemper/G,H,I,J,K,L/e; UT/Matheson/A,B,C,D,E,H

Mostly Anti-Life – Voting “pro-life” on fewer than half the roll calls (upper-case letters after “/” mark pro-life votes; lower-case letter/s after “/” mark/s “not voting”)

Republicans: none

Democrats: AZ/Giffords/H, Kirkpatrick/C, Mitchell/C,H,I; AR/Snyder/F; CA/Baca/F, Cardoza/F, Costa/F; CO/Markey/G, Salazar/F; FL/Boyd/G; Kosmas/G; GA/Bishop/F; ID/Minnick/H,I,J,L; IN/Hill/C,F/a; KY/Chandler/F,G; ME/Michaud/C,F; MD/Kratovil/G,I,J,L; MA/Lynch/F,I,J, Neal/F; MI/Kildee/C,F, Stupak/B,C,D,F; MN/Oberstar/B,C,D,F; NJ/Adler/G,I,J,L; NM/Teague/F,G,J,L; NY/Arcuri/I,J,L, McMahon/G,J,L, Murphy/G; NC/Etheridge/F, Kissell/G,H,J,L; ND/Pomeroy/F; OH/Boccieri/B,C,D,F,G, Driehaus/B,C,D,F, Kaptur/F, Kucinich/A,G, Ryan/F, Space/F,J,J,L, Wilson/A,B,D,G; PA/Carney/C,F, Doyle/C,F, Kanjorski/C,F; RI/Langevin/F; SC/Spratt/F; SD/Herseth-Sandlin/G,I,J,L; TN/Cooper/F,L, Gordon/B,D,F,G, Tanner/F,G,J,L; TX/Cuellar/F,G, Edwards/G,I,J,L, Ortiz/F, Reyes/F, Rodriguez/F; VA/Boucher/G,I,J,L, Nye/C,G,I,J,L; WA/Baird/G; WV/Mollohan/A,C,E,F, Rahall/A,C,E,F; WI/Obey/F

[Note: Some who voted against ObamaCare in its various iterations announced they did so because it was not sufficiently radical.]

Solidly Anti-Life – Voting 100% “anti-life” (lower-case letter/s after “/” mark/s “not voting”)

Republicans: none

Democrats: AZ/Grijalva, Pastor; CA/Becerra/h, Berman, Capps, Chu/a, S. Davis, Eshoo, Farr, Filner, Garamendi/a,b,c,d,e, Harman, Honda, Lee, Lofgren/h, Matsui, McNerney, George Miller, Napolitano, Pelosi/a,b,c,d,e,h,i*, Richardson, Roybal-Allard, Linda Sanchez/h, Loretta Sanchez, Schiff, Sherman/b,d, Speier, Stark/h, Thompson, Waters, Watson, Waxman, Woolsey; CO/DeGette, Perlmutter, Polis; CT/Courtney, DeLauro, Himes, Larson, Murphy; FL/Corrine Brown, Castor, Grayson, Hastings, Klein, Meek, Wasserman-Schultz; GA/Johnson, Lewis/a, Scott; HI/Hirono; IL/Bean, Davis, Foster, Gutierrez, Halvorson, Hare, Jackson, Quigley, Rush, Schakowsky; IN/Carson, Visclosky; IA/Boswell, Braley, Loebsack/a; KS/Moore; KY/Yarmuth; ME/Pingree; MD/Cummings/h, Edwards, Hoyer, Ruppersberger/a, Sarbanes, VanHollen; MA/Capuano, Delahunt/a, Frank, Markey/b,d, McGovern, Olver, Tierney, Tsongas; MI/Conyers, Dingell, Kilpatrick, Levin, Peters, Schauer; MN/Ellison/a, McCollum, Walz; MS/Thompson; MO/Carnahan, Clay, Cleaver; NV/Berkley, Titus; NH/Hodes, Shea-Porter; NJ/Andrews, Holt, Pallone, Pascrell, Payne, Rothman, Sires; NM/Heinrich, Lujan; NY/Ackerman/h, Bishop/h, Clarke, Crowley, Engel, Hall, Higgins, Hinchey, Israel, Lowey, Maffei, Maloney, McCarthy/e, Meeks, Nadler, Owens/a,b,c,d,e, Rangel/e, Serrano, Slaughter, Tonko, Towns, Velazquez, Weiner; NC/Butterfield, Miller, Price, Watt; OH/Fudge, Kilroy, Sutton; OR/Blumenauer, DeFazio, Schrader/c, Wu/h; PA/Brady, Fattah, Pat Murphy, Schwartz, Sestak; RI/Kennedy/a; SC/Clyburn; TN/Cohen; TX/Doggett, Gonzalez, Al Green, Gene Green, Hinojosa, Jackson-Lee, E.B. Johnson; VT/Welch/b,d; VA/Connelly, Moran, Scott/b,d; WA/Dicks, Inslee, Larsen, McDermott, Smith; WI/Baldwin, Kagen/a, Kind, Moore

*Rep. Pelosi is Speaker of the House; by custom, the Speaker usually does not vote.


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