Congressman Zinke should be fired for his votes against women

For Immediate release
from June 10, 2016 

HELENA -- Congressman Ryan Zinke has become an expert in saying one thing and doing the opposite. 

This week, Congressman Zinke released a statement paying lip service in support of women, women veterans and women’s health-care decisions; yet Congressman Zinke’s actions continue to marginalize women.

“Congressman Zinke’s latest comments are just a shallow attempt to cover up a lengthy record voting against Montana women,”said Nancy Keenan, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party. “Montanans need a Congresswoman who will support every woman, every day, with every vote.”

Congressman Zinke has:

  • Voted twice to block consideration of the Paycheck Fairness Act: Congressman Zinke voted twice to block consideration of the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that would end the pay gap between men and women and ensure equal pay for equal work. [H. Res. 189, Vote #148, 4/14/15; Bloomberg, 4/14/15; Democratic Leader – Previous Questions, 4/14/15; H. Res. 200, Vote #154, 4/15/15; Democratic Leader – Previous Questions, 4/16/15]

  • Denigrated women serving in the military: During a debate in the House Armed Services Committee on the role of women in combat, Congressman Zinke said the “enemy doesn’t recognize men or women in a uniform. The enemy recognizes weakness.” [The Hill, 4/29/15]
  • Voted to Limit Women’s Medical Privacy: Congressman Zinke voted against a motion that would prohibit any violation of the medical privacy of a woman regarding her choice of health insurance coverage, and in particular the very sensitive privacy needs of those who are victims of rape and incest. [HR 7, Vote #44, 1/22/15; Democratic Leader – Motions to Recommit, 1/22/15]
  • Voted repeatedly to defund women’s health care services: Congressman Zinke has voted repeatedly to defund Planned Parenthood, in part or whole. [HR 3134, Vote #504, 9/18/15; Democratic Leader – Motions To Recommit, 9/18/15; HR 3134, Vote #505, 9/18/15; Washington Post, 9/18/15; HR 3495, Vote #524, 9/29/15; Duffy Press Release, 9/29/15]

“The list of votes Congressman Zinke has taken against women is shameful,” Keenan said. “As our next Congresswoman, Denise Juneau will support all Montanans who serve our country instead of using women as campaign props.”

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