Over the vehement objections of Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and other House Democrats, Republicans voted last night to strike down a D.C. law that bans discrimination based on reproductive health decisions—like having an abortion or taking birth control.
Ted Cruz introduced the measure to block the law—as well as another that extends the city's gay nondiscrimination laws to religiously affiliated educational institutions—last month.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, made a last-ditch push for the Senate to block a District of Columbia law Friday, but his statement was almost certainly made in vain.
Republicans have pushed legislation through the House that would revoke a District of Columbia law barring discrimination in the city against workers who have abortions.
House passage was largely symbolic because the law takes effect Saturday unless Congress first approves legislation blocking and President Barack Obama signs it. The Senate is unlikely to consider the measure by then, and for good measure the White House has threatened a veto should it ever reach the president's desk.
House Republican leaders plan to hold a vote Friday on striking down a District law on ideological grounds for the first time in almost 35 years.
Congressional opponents of the local measure, which bans discrimination over employees’ reproductive decisions, said it constitutes a liberal attack on antiabortion groups in the nation’s capital.
A Tennessee lawmaker is leading an effort by conservatives in Congress to block a new District of Columbia law that bans discrimination based on reproductive choice.
Rep. Diane Black, R-Gallatin, says the law, which takes effect on Saturday unless Congress disapproves, is an affront to religious freedom. She has introduced legislation to reverse it.
The House is set to vote on Black's proposal later Thursday.
Republicans pushed legislation toward House passage Thursday that would revoke a local D.C. law barring discrimination against workers who have abortions, the latest clash pitting claims of religious freedom against reproductive rights.
The GOP effort was largely symbolic because the capital city’s law takes effect on Saturday unless Congress first approves legislation blocking it that is also signed by President Barack Obama. The Senate is unlikely to consider the measure by then, and Obama would be all but certain to veto it, anyway.
Under pressure from House conservatives, House Speaker John Boehner and other Republican leaders have scheduled a vote for Thursday night on a measure that would block a controversial abortion law passed by the Washington city council.
The law, approved in December, would ban city employers from taking punitive action against employees for using abortion services or birth control. Under the Constitution, Congress has the authority to nullify measures passed by the Washington city council.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi hammered Republicans Thursday over their resolution to scrap a new D.C. law barring workplace discrimination based on reproductive health choices.
The California Democrat, who has long-championed women's reproductive health rights, said the measure runs counter to the Republicans' traditional small-government credos and poses "an outrageous intrusion into workers' personal lives."
Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, issued a press release blasting his Republican colleagues Thursday for calling a vote to overturn a D.C. anti-discrimination bill.
The proposed D.C. law could force employers in the city to hire individuals who advocate for abortion and could require those employers, even those who advocate pro-life causes, to cover elective abortions in their healthcare plans.
For the first time in more than twenty years, the House on Thursday will vote on a measure to strike down a District of Columbia law.
Back in December, the DC City Council passed the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act, which extended protections to workers by banning employers from discriminating against employees' choices with regards to their reproductive healthcare.