Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) is pursuing an investigation into the U.S. Park Police for failing to intervene on April 20, when several protestors rolled, distributed, and smoked joints on the National Mall.
“It is still a violation of federal law to so blatantly smoke pot on the nation’s mall,”Chaffetz tells D.C.’s local Fox affiliate. “You can protest and petition your government. But can you go out and have dozens of people smoking pot out on the Mall? No! Where were the Park Police?”
Call it what it is: This week’s 20-to-16 party-line vote in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to disapprove the District’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act is an outright abuse of power. True, Congress, by virtue of Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution, has jurisdiction “in all cases whatsoever” over the District. But the committee’s action, prompted by Republican chairman Jason Chaffetz, was an improper use of that authority.
For the first time in 23 years, a congressional committee voted to overturn a law passed in the nation’s capital.
The law would prevent employers in D.C. from discriminating against employees and potential employees based on their reproductive health decisions, including abortions or the use of birth control.
A House committee voted to overturn a new D.C. law on Tuesday night that would ban discrimination on the basis of employees’ reproductive decisions.
The rare congressional effort to turn back a local law pleased social conservatives who view the measure as a threat to religious organizationsthat operate in the nation’s capital. But it signaled a potentially perilous new chapter in partisan relations between the liberal city and its Republican overseers.
Michigan Republican Tim Walberg was a Christian minister before winning election to Congress in 2010 — and he hasn’t entirely changed jobs.
In a rare Tuesday-night committee meeting at which House Republicans advanced a bill curtailing reproductive rights, Walberg took the even rarer step of lecturing his colleagues on Scripture.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 20-16 last night to advance a measure that would overturn D.C.'s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act.
The law prevents employers from discriminating based on reproductive health decisions, including having an abortion or using birth control. And that makes religious groups—and the GOP—very unhappy.
A battle over religious freedom, the so-called “war on women” and local rule in the nation's capital picked up steam Tuesday evening.
House Republicans advanced a bill that would overturn a recently enacted District of Columbia law that would have protected employees from being fired for their reproductive health choices, such as the decision to use birth control, get an abortion or use in vitro fertilization.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted along party lines Tuesday evening to strike down a D.C. bill.
Committee members voted 20-16 to approve a disapproval resolution blocking the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act, which aims to prohibit workplace discrimination based on reproductive health decisions. Republicans, who voted to adopt the disapproval resolution, say it could force employers to violate their religious beliefs, while Democrats say it prevents employer discrimination based on private health decisions.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., slammed House Republicans on Tuesday over a committee’s decision to consider overturning a Washington, D.C., law that prevents employers from firing workers over their use of birth control or other reproductive health decisions that go against the company’s views. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is scheduled to consider a bill to overturn the law Tuesday, a committee spokeswoman said.
After months of fiery rhetoric and even a threat to jail the mayor, conservative House Republicans on Tuesday are poised to take yet another swipe at the District’s liberal leaders by trying to throw out a new law.