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Dear Voter and Friend of the Family,
Welcome to FRC Action's Vote Scorecard for the 113th Congress. This online Scorecard contains an ongoing compilation of significant votes on nominations and legislation affecting the family that FRC Action either supported or opposed in 2013 and 2014.
These recorded votes cover both sessions of the 113th Congress, years that saw the fumbled roll out of the Obamacare website, a government shutdown over budget resolutions and historic changes to the Senate's filibuster rules. The Supreme Court's decision in Hobby Lobby v. Burwell upholding religious liberty led to a vote in the Democrat controlled Senate on legislation that would have forced employers to violate their conscience or face fines and Majority Leader Harry Reid made it a Senate priority to restrict political speech in the weeks before the election.
In spite of a divided Congress, our friends on the Hill continued to pressure the Obama Administration to defend life. The House passed legislation that would prevent late abortions on pain-capable unborn children and legislation protecting American taxpayers from paying for abortion and health care plans that include abortion. Unfortunately, prompted by state level initiatives in Colorado and Washington, the House also saw a series of marijuana related votes aimed at undermining the Federal Government's legitimate role in controlling dangerous drugs.
Meanwhile at the Whitehouse, the President continued to advance his agenda by packing the federal courts and agencies with like-minded activists. Conservative Senators, operating under Harry Reid's new Senate rules, proved unsuccessful at blocking many of these nominees, including judicial activists Pamela Harris, David Barron and reproductive rights extremist Cornelia Pillard.
This ongoing Scorecard currently highlights 8 votes in the House and 14 votes in the Senate. These votes represent only a part of our effort to protect traditional, pro-family policies in Washington. We encourage you to stay engaged and informed on these issues as your involvement is a great asset in the battle to preserve the American family. We can't do it without you.
Please contact the Government Affairs office of FRC Action for questions about the Scorecard.
The recent, intense debate over whether Kim Davis should go to jail or be a hero means that many Americans are considering conscience rights in light of the redefinition of marriage for the first time. We can learn a lot by looking at a case involving a state conscience