Earlier this week, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), who seems to be glistening his resume for a potential presidential run, introduced a measure in Congress that would overturn two D.C. laws: one that prevents employers from discriminating against workers who use birth control or seek an abortion and another that repeals a congressional law that exempts religious educational institutions from the city’s anti-gay discrimination law.
Influential Catholic leaders sent a letter to senators Friday urging them to support Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and James Lankford of Oklahoma’s effort to block two D.C. bills.
This week Cruz introduced two joint resolutions of disapproval, with Lankford as a co-sponsor, aimed at striking down the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act and the Human Rights Amendment Act, which the D.C. government approved in January. The senators say the bills violate religious freedom, and the Catholic leaders agree.
Sen. Ted "passionate fighter for limited government" Cruz, has taken it upon himself to defend the District's right to pass its own laws and govern as we see fit ... yeah, not quite.
Actually, Cruz (R-TX) introduced measures Wednesday to strike down two laws passed and signed by the city's elected leaders. Claiming D.C.'s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act of 2014 and Human Rights Amendment Act of 2014 violate religious freedom, he's seeking to overturn them through disapproval resolutions.
Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and James Lankford of Oklahoma have introduced a resolution to overturn two laws pertaining to abortion and gay rights passed by the Washington, D.C., council and signed by Mayor Muriel Bowser, The Washington Post reported.
The lawmakers said the local laws violate religious freedom.
In his short time in the U.S. Senate, Ted Cruz has sought to position himself as the chamber’s foremost defender of states’ rights. Last year, the Tea Party rabble-rouser and likely GOP presidential hopeful released a six-page report entitled “The Obama Administration’s Assault on Texas,” documenting what he depicted as “a consistent pattern of an Administration bent on displacing State sovereignty” on issues from environmental regulation to voting rights.
On Wednesday, Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and James Lankford, R-Okla., introduced resolutions of disapproval that, if passed by Congress and signed by the president, would effectively overturn two bad pieces of legislation passed by the D.C. Council earlier this year.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), a conservative torch bearer and potential presidential contender, turned his attention to local D.C. politics on Wednesday by introducing a measure in Congress to upend one new city law on birth-control coverage and another that could require religious colleges in the nation’s capital to fund gay and lesbian student groups.
Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) on Wednesdayintroduced a resolution aimed at overturning the Human Rights Amendment Act, a bill passed by the D.C. Council in December 2014.
The act repeals the Armstrong Amendment, a 1989 law that carves out an exemption for religiously-affiliated educational institutions by not requiring them to abide by provisions that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Two Republican senators introduced measures Wednesday to overturn two laws recently approved by D.C. lawmakers that they say will undermine religious freedom in the nation’s capital.
Employing the rarely successful disapproval resolution process, Sens. James Lankford of Oklahoma and Ted Cruz of Texas are seeking to derail a law that prevents employer discrimination based on reproductive healthcare decisions and another that bans religious schools from discriminating based on sexual orientation.