September 2, 2020 Press, Press Release




CANTON—During her nationally televised speech last week, Elise Stefanik vociferously championed the 19th amendment and women’s suffrage while making no mention of her broken promises to North Country women. During her 2014 campaign, Elise Stefanik promised to pass equal pay for equal work legislation. In Congress, she has voted against the measure twice. Stefanik has been outspoken about the dangers of domestic violence, yet she voted against the, Violence Against Women Act. Stefanik has also called attention to the suffrage movement in Northern New York but, when presented with the chance to back up her rhetoric and support the Equal Rights Amendment, Stefanik told women it was time to ‘start over.’ Stefanik even went so far as to accept money from disgraced casino magnate Steve Wynn who has been accused of egregious acts of sexual assault, harassment, and rape.

“During her 6 years in Congress, Elise Stefanik has voted to defund Planned Parenthood, close rural health centers, and gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions, said Cobb. “She voted against the Violence Against Women Act and has voted against equal pay for equal work. She is on the record that she does not support women’s right to make their own reproductive choices. Women and families in the North Country deserve a representative who will fight for them– not another empty promised politician offering lip service.”



  • April 15, 2015: Voted For Blocking Consideration Of The Paycheck Fairness Act. In April 2015, Stefanik voted for blocking consideration of the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that would end the pay gap between men and women and unsure equal pay for equal work. “The legislation would protect workers from retaliation for sharing information about their wages, require employers to explain any pay disparities among workers performing the same job, and allow employees to seek unlimited punitive damages in wage bias cases.” The previous question passed 240 to 183. A vote against the previous question would have allowed the bill to be considered. [H. Res. 200, Vote #154, 4/15/15; Bloomberg, 4/14/15; Congressional Record, 4/15/15; Democratic Leader – Previous Questions, 4/15/15]
  • o Voted For A Moratorium On Federal Funding To Planned Parenthood For One Year. On September 18, 2015 Stefanik voted to “bar, for one year, federal funding for Planned Parenthood and its affiliates unless they certify that, during that period, they will not perform abortions or provide funds to other entities that perform abortions. The prohibition would apply to all federal funds, including Medicaid. The bill would provide exceptions for abortions provided in the case of rape, incest, or threat to the life of the mother.” The bill passed 281 to 187. [H.R. 3134, Vote #505, 9/18/15; CQ, 9/18/15]


Women’s groups and elected officials endorsing Tedra Cobb for Congress in NY-21:

  • EMILY’S List
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Off The Sidelines
  • Elect Democratic Women
  • Equality PAC
  • US Sentor Kirsten Gillibrand
  • Rep. Katie Porter (CA-45)
  • Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul

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