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.
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.
House leadership, at the behest of the most conservative members of Congress, has agreed to hold a vote that could overturn an anti-discrimination law passed by the District of Columbia's City Council that opponents believe is unfair to religious people, The Daily Signal reports.
Passed in December, the intent of the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act was to protect workers from discrimination based on their reproductive healthcare decisions, according to The Washington Times.
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In a largely symbolic move, the House voted mostly down party lines late Thursday night to block a District of Columbia bill that D.C. officials say would combat workplace discrimination.
A corps of mainly Republicans passed a joint resolution of disapproval 228-192, aimed at the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act, which dictated that employers cannot discriminate against employees based on their reproductive health decisions. Conservatives argued the act could force employers to violate their religious beliefs.
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.