She rides into town on a horse of controversy wearing nothing but wrong-headed beliefs. When she can spark emotion, she smiles and enjoys the mayhem. Then, when the TV cameras are gone, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) smirks away, her goal accomplished. The House passed two bills Thursday that would provide credit fairness and contraception fairness. And of course, Greene showed up.
The bills would make certain that LGBT-owned businesses get unbiased credit reviews, and veterans have access to contraception without copays. The Democrats tried to expedite the bills last week, but both failed.
Republicans have argued that contraception was abortion. Of course, it does not cause abortions.
Public funds cannot be used to pay for abortions. However, birth control drugs that keep pregnancy at bay prevent many abortions after pregnancy is in progress, according to the ABC affiliate ABC7. Emergency birth control such as those in Plan B must be administered a few days after unprotected sex, or they do not work.
Greene said “Plan B pill kills a baby in the womb, The New Yorker reported:”
‘Contraception stops a woman from becoming pregnant. The Plan B pill kills a baby in the womb once a woman is already pregnant. Equal Access to Contraception for Veterans Act is not contraception, it’s providing with taxpayer dollars the ability for women to have an abortion.’
The lead Republican on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, Mike Bost corrected Greene of her ill-informed belief. He emphasized that contraceptives do not cause abortions:
‘It is contraception. It is not abortion.’
This debate has been ongoing. For a history of the two bills passed go to GovTrack.
Representative Julia Brownley (D-CA) wrote the bill that allowed military veterans to get health care via the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). They could obtain contraception free of charge as the entire Department of Defense (DoD) and individual insurance already provides. Brownley said via YouTube:
‘This bill is a simple one. It only addresses the disparity between veterans who must pay for contraception and civilians and women currently serving in uniform who do not have to pay for contraception. ‘
House Democratic leaders scheduled the votes two weeks ago via the fast-track process. But it failed the two-thirds supermajority requirement.
The bill gave veterans access to contraceptives at no charge. It passed along party lines primarily 245-181. The difference was a mere 26 Republicans added to all of the Democrats.
The other bill, which expands the financial institution’s ability to report about credit applicants owned by small businesses to document LGBT as discrimination. Representative Ritchie Torres (D-NY), the first Afro-Latino in Congress, wrote the bill. It passed 252-176.
‘A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.’
‘Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 1443. This is the one from the 117th Congress.’
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