Abortion access bills approved by House likely won’t make it to Senate – The Nevada Independent

ByLance T. Lee

Jul 16, 2022

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U.S. House and Senate Democrats in Nevada have called for legislation to protect access to abortion, including a bill introduced by Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) that would protect women seeking abortions across state lines.

But the bills don’t stand a chance in the Senate, where at least 10 Republicans would be needed to vote with the 50 Democrats to push the measure forward.

Cortez Masto, who presented the Freedom to Travel for Health Care Act Tuesday attempted to call the bill for consideration by the Senate on Thursday, but Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) opposed it.

In a brief interview Thursday, Cortez Masto said Senate Democratic leaders are considering their next move, possibly including scheduling a vote to pass the bill.

In addition to prohibiting states and individuals from stopping travel for reproductive health care, the bill would also protect providers and those who help people travel for treatment.

During the debate, Cortez Masto argued that the protections are needed because the threat of lawsuits is having “a chilling effect” in Nevada, with providers fearing prosecution for providing care to out-of-state patients. .

“That’s exactly their intention,” Cortez Masto said. “These anti-choice states, individuals who deprive women of their liberty, also use this chilling effect, this threat, this scare tactic for providers, employers and anyone else who wants to help women get to the states where they can seek the health care they need. And that’s the challenge we see, that’s why this law is so important.

Last month, the Supreme Court struck down the constitutional right to abortion established under the 1973 law Roe vs. Wade decision. However, abortion remains legal in Nevada until 24 weeks of pregnancy. A 1990 referendum enshrined the Roe decision into state law, and Nevada abortion providers expect to see an increase in the number of patients from states that restrict the practice.

The anticipated rise comes as some conservative state lawmakers consider abortion out of state bans following the Supreme Court’s decision.

Lankford argued that the legislation is unnecessary because no state has banned interstate travel for adult women seeking abortions. He conceded that there is talk in some legislatures of taking this step, but he believes such legislation is unlikely to pass.

“There are also, in this Senate, 5,000 bills that have been introduced and how many of them are actually going to move,” Lankford said, adding that state legislatures are like the Senate, where few measures become law.

Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) is a co-sponsor of Cortez Masto’s bill. During a Senate hearing on Wednesday titled Reproductive care in a post-Roe AmericaRosen interviewed Kristyn Brandi, a New Jersey physician and abortion rights advocateabout how laws aimed at punishing providers put doctors in an awkward position and impede access.

“Doctors are being put in an impossible situation where they have to decide whether or not they want to honor their oath to do no harm to protect our patients, or protect us and protect, you know, our families and protect our licenses,” Brandi says Rosen.

The Senate action comes as the House on Friday approved two abortion bills, including one preventing states from preventing women from crossing state lines to get abortions. The House approved the measure on a vote of 219 to 210.

The other bill would seek to maintain federal access to abortion and rolls back state restrictions. The measure passed 219 to 210. The bills are unlikely to be considered by the Senate due to the threat of filibuster.

The votes were mostly split along party lines, including among state House lawmakers. Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV), Rep. Susie Lee (D-NV), and Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV) all welcomed the passage of the bills.

Abortion access became a feature of many Democrats’ re-election campaigns after the Supreme Court ruling, including for Cortez Masto and state House members, all of whom are fighting for re-election.

The House is due to vote next week on legislation protecting the right to birth control, according to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD).

Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV), who describes himself as pro-life, said in an interview that he sees no need to “federalize” access to abortion because the procedure is available under state law.

The Nevada Republican said he voted against the other measure because no state had decided to block abortion travel.

Hornbuckle praises travel strategy

MGM Resorts CEO Bill Hornbuckle, who sits on the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Council, which advises the Commerce Secretary, praised the National Travel and Tourism Strategy 2022which aims to attract 90 million visitors by 2027.

“I think it’s incumbent on all of us to make sure he has the resources, the focus and the dedication to implement it,” Hornbuckle told a Senate panel on Tuesday, stressing the need for a robust infrastructure to allow ease of mobility once visitors enter the country.

Hornbuckle added that the technology could be used to shorten airport wait times. For example, many Chinese jurisdictions used automated visas before the pandemic with MGM properties in Macau.

“It was as easy as getting something on your phone,” Hornbuckle told the Senate Commerce Committee’s Tourism, Trade and Export Promotion Subcommittee, chaired by Rosen.

He lamented the time it takes foreign travelers to obtain visas to enter the United States – over 700 days in some cases. But beyond the wait for a visa, on July 4 at Harry Reid International Airport there was a wait of more than two hours to be processed in the country.

Hornbuckle was highly optimistic about the travel and tourism industry, noting that domestic travelers are the majority of those who frequent MGM properties. But he said he expects international travel to return stronger and pointed to a White House decision last month to end the requirement for vaccinated international travelers to take a coronavirus test before to fly to the United States.

Horsford Housing Bill

Horsford introduced legislation ordering the Department of Housing and Urban Development to investigate whether business owners are manipulating rental and sales prices.

Horsford said Wednesday that many ZIP codes in his district have seen an influx of business owners, with out-of-state business investors accounting for up to 26% and 25% of home purchases in 2021 in two codes. postal.

“And [these ZIP codes] 89032 and 89031 is the community I grew up in,” Horsford said. “It’s a predominantly black, Latino, and immigrant zip code.”

His comments came during a ways and means committee hearing requested by Horsford on corporate ownership of housing.

Horsford added that institutional investors’ home purchases coincide with high rents, which rose 30% in Las Vegas last year, and have hurt hospitality workers.

“Seven of the 10 most common jobs in Las Vegas don’t pay enough to rent a studio,” Horsford said.

Any fines imposed under the bill would go to the National Housing Trust Fund, which helps build affordable housing.

Audra Hamernik, who heads Nevada HAND, the state’s largest nonprofit affordable housing organization, also testified before the panel and called on Congress to provide more funding for Section 8 housing bonds.

Hamernik argued that the need for vouchers, distributed through a formula, exceeds supply in most states and that more vouchers, especially those that go to the owner of a project rather than the tenant, would be one way effective in helping to fight homelessness.

According to the left leaning Budget and Policy Priorities Centerwaits for vouchers in Nevada averaged just over three years.

For a full look at the measures delegates supported or opposed this week, see The Nevada IndependentCongressional vote tracking and other information below.

SEN. Catherine Cortez Masto

Legislation sponsored:

S.4504 – A bill to protect freedom of movement and reproductive rights.

SEN. Jacky Rosen

Co-sponsored legislation:

S.4529 – A bill to provide protections for children detained for immigration and other purposes.

S.4504 – A bill to protect freedom of movement and reproductive rights.


Co-sponsored legislation:

HR 8373 – Protect a person’s ability to access contraceptives and practice contraception, and protect a health care provider’s ability to provide contraceptives, contraception, and contraceptive information.

HR 8368 – Amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish a free online tax preparation and filing service and programs that allow taxpayers to access information provided by third parties on tax returns and information held by the Internal Revenue Service.

HR 8345 – Prohibiting an employer from terminating an employee’s coverage under a group health insurance plan while the employer is locked out, and for other purposes.

HR 8328 – Amend the Truth in Lending Act to include retailers of manufactured or modular homes in the definition of mortgage originator, and for other purposes.

HR 8323 – To amend the Social Security Act and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include tax on net investment income imposed in the Federal Hospital Insurance Fund and to amend the tax on investment income net.


Co-sponsored legislation:

HR 8373 – Protect a person’s ability to access contraceptives and practice contraception, and protect a health care provider’s ability to provide contraceptives, contraception, and contraceptive information.


Legislation sponsored:

HR 8360 – To protect consumers from price gouging in residential rental and sale prices, and for other purposes.

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