Wondering how your members of Congress voted on public health legislation last year? APHA’s just-released annual public health voting record can tell you.
APHA’s report was compiled by examining hundreds of individual votes on important measures affecting public health and selecting key public health votes during the second session of the 112th Congress in 2012.
Health legislation considered by the U.S. Senate included in this year’s congressional record focused on issues such as health reform, clean air protections, public health funding, violence against women, funding for nutrition programs and the rights of people with disabilities.
The House of Representatives took up a similar scope of health policies. This year’s report includes 2012 House votes on public health and prevention funding, violence against women, repeal of health reform, clean air protections and public health preparedness.
While the voting record can be helpful in assessing a member of Congress’s support for public health, APHA cautions that “readers should not base their judgment of a member’s performance solely on this report.”