MN-02 : Kline Gets More Attention

During the 2011- 2012 election cycle, EMILY’s List helped elect an historic number of candidates – including 19 new women to the House, six Senate incumbents, and three new Senators – all the first women to represent their states in the Senate.

With that election in the rear view mirror, the group is already reviewing Congress for 2014 and for the first time, Minnesotan John Kline (R-MN-02) has made the list of House targets.

Each one of them has proven there’s no limit to how far they’ll go to roll back the clock,” EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock said. “Whether they opposed equal pay, voted to end Medicare as we know it, or to allow hospitals to let women die rather than provide lifesaving abortion care, it’s clear they have the wrong priorities.”

Congressman Kline in his capacity as Chairman of the Education and Workforce Committee has the power to stop legislation at the committee level. For example, the Keep Students Safe Act for which Chairman Kline got a little media attention –no strike that, he got too little media attention :

Legislation aimed at protecting children with autism and other disabilities from being injured in school has stalled in the House of Representatives at the hands of a single member who objects to federal intervention.
Minnesota Republican Rep. John Kline, who chairs the House’s education committee, has frozen action in the House on a proposal to institute national standards for how teachers and school staff can safely restrain students.
Kline press photoChairman Kline believes state officials and school leaders are best equipped to determine appropriate policies that should be in place to protect students and to hold those who violate those policies accountable,” said Alexandra Haynes Sollberger, the communications director for the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. “For this reason, the committee has not scheduled any action on seclusion and restraint legislation at this time.”

Congressman Georg Miller (D-CA-11), the sponsor of the bill is quoted by ABC News:

There is no excuse for inaction,” Miller said. “In the past, this Committee has worked tirelessly on behalf of children’s safety. Our investigations made clear that a federal law is necessary to protect all children across the country and ensure that children’s safety does not depend on the state in which they live. I hope that we can put aside politics and ideologies, tackle these issues together, and do what we can legislatively to save children from abuse.”

In addition, Chairman Kline has also opposed the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, supported a weakened Violence Against Women Act, strongly advocates for the Ryan Budget which weakens Medicare and Medicaid, a sponsor of Health Care Conscience Rights Act (H.R. 940), Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) of 2013 (H.R. 447), Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act (H.R. 61 and H.R. 217), Sanctity of Human Life Act (H.R. 23), and many other pieces of legislation to dismantle and defund the Affordable Care Act.

Adding Chairman Kline’s name to the EMILY list, as well as the success that WinningWomen program that last cycle included 60 Minnesota women winning at various levels of government including our Senator Amy Klobuchar and Betty McCollum (D-MN-04), should liven-up the 2014 Second District contest.

The others on the EMILY list are :

Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (WV-02) (who is running for Senate in 2014),
Congressman Rodney Davis (IL-13),
Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03),
Congressman Tom Latham (IA-03),
Congressman Gary Miller (CA-31),
Congressman Tom Reed (NY-23),
Congressman Scott Tipton CO-03)
Congressman David Valadao (CA-21)
Congressman Dan Webster (FL-10),
and Congressman Bill Young (FL-13)

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