Congressman Daines Pushes Anti-Women Agenda
Amanda Curtis Rallies to Protect Women’s Heath, Equal Pay for Equal Work
(Billings, MT) - Butte math teacher Amanda Curtis rallied for women in Billings today, highlighting her plans to champion women’s healthcare issues and ensure equal pay for equal work. Curtis contrasted her plan with Congressman Steve Daines’ pro-corporation, anti-women voting record.
While Congressman Daines distorts his record to appear supportive of women, his votes show he is staunchly against women’s progress. Daines has made repeated attempts to take away a women’s right to make her own healthcare decisions, outlaw common forms of birth control, eliminate prevention efforts and authorize the IRS to audit victims of rape. Daines also claims to support victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, but fails to mention that he voted against funding the same domestic violence and sexual assault prevention programs he touts.
“Congressman Daines wants to send women back to a decade where access to healthcare was limited, the Violence Against Women Act didn’t exist, and women were paid even less for equal work all while making sure his corporate buddies get handouts at taxpayer’s expense,” said Andrea Marcoccio, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party. “Congressman Daines has shown time and time again that he will vote not for the interests of Montana women but rather for the special interests of his millionaire friends.”
Daines’ Anti-Women Record
- Daines Would Make Abortion Illegal for Victims of Sexual Assault. Daines opposes abortion even in cases of rape or incest. His only exception is to save to the life of the mother. [Montana Family Foundation, 2014]
- Daines Sponsored Legislation That Could Outlaw Some Forms Of Birth Control. In 2013, Daines cosponsored the Life at Conception Act, a personhood bill, which would overturn the Roe v. Wade decision and could outlaw common forms of birth control. [HR 1091, introduced 3/12/13; US News, 7/29/14]
- Daines Co-Sponsored a Bill that Would Allow the IRS to Audit Rape Victims. In 2013, Daines cosponsored HR 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which would empower the IRS to conduct audits of rape survivors to ensure they’re not claiming sexual assault to evade extra taxes. In January 2014, Daines voted in favor of the measure. [HR 7, Introduced 5/14/13; ThinkProgress.org,1/15/14; Washington Post, 1/22/14]
- Daines Voted Against Funding for the Violence Against Women Act. In 2014, Daines voted against the bipartisan appropriations bill that restored sequester cuts, providing $417 million for VAWA programs. The CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence praised the appropriations deal, saying “The Violence Against Women Act was reauthorized less than a year ago-we owe it to victims to make good on the promise of VAWA by funding the programs that give life to the law.” [HR 3547, Vote #21; Appropriations.house.gov, accessed 5/21/14; National Network to End Domestic Violence, 1/17/14]
- Daines Voted Against Increasing Funding for VAWA Programs. Daines voted against a motion that "would increase by $1 million each, funds provided in the bill for grants for violence against women, State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance, and grants to address backlogs of sexual assault kits." [HR 4660, Vote #268, 5/30/14; CQ Floor Votes,5/30/14]
- Daines Voted to Block the Paycheck Fairness Act. Daines voted against considering the Paycheck Fairness Act that would amend the Equal Pay Act to enhance remedies for people who experience pay discrimination on the basis of sex and ensure employers who try to justify paying a man more for the same job must show the disparity is not sex-based. [H Res 146,4/11/13]