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Rep. Ralph Norman

Rep. Ralph Norman

Republican, South Carolina, 5th District
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Among children in this district:
21.1% of children are in poverty
24.8% of children under 6 are in poverty
7.8% of children are in extreme poverty
13.8% are food insecure
2.7% lack health insurance

Sources: 2017 Annual Community Survey, US Dept. of Agriculture

Norman on Child Poverty

  • voted for H.R.1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which provided for tax cuts that disporportionately favor wealthy individuals and corporations. The bill is projected to add $1.5 trillion to the national debt over ten years, which could lead to future cuts to important social safety net programs. The bill also repeals the individual health insurance mandate established under the Affordable Care Act, jeopardizing health insurance coverage for millions of people.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1469, the Welfare Benefit Reform and Alignment Commission (BRAC) Act, which would create a commission to identify changes to means-tested welfare programs to reduce participation and eligibility over time.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2832, the Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act, which would create sweeping new means-testing requirements for safety net programs and increase reporting requirements for such programs.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3330, the Ensuring Quality in the Unemployment Insurance Program (EQUIP) Act, which would permit states to conduct targeted drug testing as a condition for the receipt of unemployment benefits.

  • Norman on Child Health

  • voted for H.R.195, the HEALTHY KIDS Act, which extended funding for the federal government by three weeks and extended CHIP for six years.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1275, the World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan, which would repeal the individual and employer health care mandates, as well as requirements that health plans cover preventive care or include essential health benefits.

  • voted for H.R.1370, the Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, which extended funding for the government by four weeks and retroactively funded CHIP for the first half of fiscal year 2018.

  • voted against H.R.1892, the Bipartisan Budget Act, which extended CHIP for four additional years, funded a home visiting program for new mothers, funded community health centers, and modified funding and eligibilty requirements for foster care prevention services.

  • voted for H.R.2422, the Action for Dental Health Act, which would establish a CDC grant program to improve access to dental care for underserved communities.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3325, the ACE Kids Act, which would amend Medicaid to provide states with the option of providing coordinated care for children with complex medical conditions through a health home.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3770, the Community Health Investment, Modernization, and Excellence Act, which would reauthorize and extend funding for community health centers.

  • voted for H.R.3922, the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act, which would extend CHIP and Community Health Centers funding. CHIP and Community Health Centers were eventually funded through a series of budget bills.

  • voted for H.R.6311, the Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts Act, which would modify rules regarding health savings accounts and allow for the sale of bare bones health plans on the health care exchanges. Often these plans are purchased by lower-income individuals who are unaware that the benefits offered by the plan are extremely limited.

  • Norman on Child Welfare

  • voted for H.R.2824, the Increasing Opportunity and Success for Children and Parents through Evidence-Based Home Visiting Act, which would reauthorize the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program for five years, and require grantees to match federal funds beginning in fiscal year 2020. MIECHV was eventually reauthorized through H.R.1892, the Bipartisan Budget Act, without a state matching requirement.

  • voted for H.R.5890, the Assisting States’ Implementation of Plans of Safe Care Act, which would provide states with guidance and technical assistance for the safe care of infants affected by prenatal substance use.

  • Norman on Youth Justice

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    Norman on Gun Violence Prevention

  • voted for and co-sponsored H.R.38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which would allow individuals licensed for concealed carry in one state to possess or carry a concealed weapon in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms.

  • co-sponsored H.R.367, the Hearing Protection Act, which would loosen laws restricting sales of firearm silencers.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1976, the Protecting the Second Amendment Act, which would prohibit certain reporting requirements for licensed gun dealers based on location of business or sale of multiple rifles or shotguns to the same person.

  • Norman on Housing

  • voted for H.R.5793, the Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration Act, which would establish a demonstration program to encourage families receiving housing voucher assistance to move to lower-poverty areas.

  • Norman on Nutrition

  • voted for H.R.2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act, which would cut SNAP benefits by $20 billion over ten years through more stringent work requirements and elimination of other programs; the bill would also create additional barriers to receiving SNAP benefits.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2996, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Reform Act, which would prohibit waivers of SNAP work requirements, shorten the time during which an individual may remain eligible without working, and make SNAP allotments for states contingent on compliance with these new requirements.

  • Norman on Early Childhood Development

  • voted for H.R.695, the Child Protection Improvements Act, which would establish a background check system for individuals who care for children, the elderly, or individuals with disabilities.

  • Norman on Education

  • co-sponsored H.R.899, a bill to terminate the Department of Education, which would eliminate the Department of Education.

  • co-sponsored H.R.4536, a bill to establish an Anti-Bullying Roundtable, which would establish an Anti-Bullying Roundtable to study bullying in elementary and secondary schools in the United States.

  • voted for H.R.4909, the STOP School Violence Act, which would reauthorize a grant program for school security to train local law enforcement, school personnel, and students and to develop an anonymous reporting system for violent threats at school.

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