Daines votes to allow IRS to define rape, forces Montana businesses to pay taxes on insurance benefits
Daines' Extreme Anti Choice Bill, Reckless & Irresponsible Tea Party Agenda Continues To Hurt Montana Women, Small Businesses
Washington insider Steve Daines hurt Montana women and small businesses when the House of Representatives passed HR 7 today, a bill Daines co-sponsored and voted for that forces millions of small businesses to pay taxes on health insurance benefits and even allows the IRS to audit rape victims.
The bill, which allows big corporations to continue doing whatever they want falls in line with Congressman Daines' long history of not allowing women to make decisions about their own health care, and sinks to new and offensive lows when it comes to singling out rape victims.
“Congressman Steve Daines should be ashamed of himself for his offensive attack on Montana women that hurts Montana small businesses and families across our state ,” said Andrea Marcoccio, Executive Director of the Montana Democratic Party. “Daines must explain to Montana voters why he deserves a promotion while bending to the will of special interests by voting to force our small businesses to pay taxes on their healthcare benefits and to allow the IRS to audit rape victims. This is a new low for Washington insider Steve Daines and Montana will hold him accountable this November.”
Since the so-called Republican rebrand, countless GOP Senate candidates like Steve Daines have attacked and offended women voters by supporting policy positions that are harmful to women, and continuing their obsession with divisive social issues.
Daines Co-Sponsored Bill that Would Allow IRS to Audit Rape Victims. On September 30, 2013, Daines cosponsored HR 7, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.” The bill would permanently ban low-income women in the District of Columbia from using their Medicaid plans for abortion care, incentivize business owners to drop private insurance coverage for abortion, increase taxes on some women who choose to have an abortion and empower the IRS to conduct audits of rape survivors to ensure they’re not claiming sexual assault to evade extra taxes. [HR 7, Introduced 5/14/13; ThinkProgress.org,1/15/14]
House Bill Would Force Million of Small Businesses to Pay Taxes on Their Health-Insurance Benefits. “The Smith bill denies insurance-related tax credits to small businesses that choose private health plans that cover abortion care. (Absent political interference, 87 percent of private plans cover abortion services.) As confirmed by non-partisan congressional tax experts and the Congressional Budget Office, this provision of the Smith bill would compel small businesses to drop health-insurance plans that cover abortion care. Curiously, the bill imposes no such restrictions or tax increases on large business employers who offer their employees health plans that include abortion coverage. The only apparent explanation for this inconsistency is that the bill’s sponsors do not want their anti-abortion proposal to antagonize another political constituency—large corporate interests.” [NARAL]
Washington Post: “Should the IRS Decide Whether a Woman Has Been Raped?” On January 22, 2014, the Washington Post wrote: “one thing the IRS probably isn’t very good at is deciding whether or not a woman has been raped. That’s why some provisions of the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” don’t make a whole lot of sense. H.R. 7, which is sponsored by Rep. Christopher Smith (R-N.J.), would change the tax code so that individuals may only deduct medical expenses related to abortion in cases of rape, incest or endangerment of life. That provision seems pretty innocuous until you stop and ask: Who’s supposed to decide when a medical expense is related to a pregnancy caused by rape or incest?” [Washington Post, 1/22/14]
H.R. 7 Would Require the IRS to Audit Rape Victims.” According to the Washington Post, "implementing the tax provisions of H.R. 7 requires the IRS to get involved with the health-care system. If the IRS suspects that a taxpayer has made an improper claim, then it may audit the taxpayer's income tax return" thereby "sending an IRS auditor into a woman’s bedroom and asking her intensely personal questions." [Washington Post, 1/22/14]