In case you haven’t noticed, 2016 is an election year. That means most members of Congress are running on their record for another term. But what does their record say about their support for public health?
APHA’s annual congressional scorecard published in the February 2016 issue of The Nation’s Health measured how members of Congress voted on important issues for public health during the first session of the 114th Congress.
APHA looked at nine votes in the House of Representatives and nine votes in the Senate held in 2015. These votes included measures to repeal the Affordable Care Act, reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, cut funding for public health, restrict access to abortion, defund Planned Parenthood and block restrictions on carbon pollution.
The scorecard indicates the bill number, APHA’s position on the legislation, how each member of Congress voted and a description of the vote taken.
“Our public health voting record is one way to measure support in Congress for public health priorities,” said Donald Hoppert, director of government relations at APHA. “While it doesn’t tell the whole story, it’s an important tool APHA members can use to help hold their elected representatives accountable.”
APHA members and subscribers of The Nation’s Health can download a copy by visiting the newspaper online.
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