Friday, May 1, 2015 | Roll Call (DC) | Bridget Bowman

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.

Friday, May 1, 2015 | Associated Press

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.

Friday, May 1, 2015 | | Rachel Sadon

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.

Thursday, April 30, 2015 | Washington Times (DC) | Andrea Noble

The Republican-controlled House will vote today on a measure to strike down a D.C. law that would ban businesses from discriminating against employees based on their reproductive health care choices such as birth control or abortion.

Thursday, April 30, 2015 | | Sylvan Lane

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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Thursday, April 30, 2015 | Roll Call (DC) | Bridget Bowman

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.

Thursday, April 30, 2015 | The Hill (DC) | Cristina Marcos
The House voted late Thursday night to overturn the District of Columbia's law prohibiting workplace discrimination based on reproductive health choices.
Passage of the resolution formally disapproving of Washington's local law fell mostly along party lines on a vote of 228-192. Thirteen Republicans joined the opposition, and three Democrats voted in favor.
Thursday, April 30, 2015 | Washington Post (DC) | Aaron C. Davis

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.