Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | Politico | Lauren French
Conservative lawmakers are pushing Republican leadership for a House vote to disapprove of a D.C. law that bans employers from firing workers who advocate for or have abortions. The House Freedom Caucus — a group of about two dozen of the House’s most conservative members — on Wednesday will call on Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to schedule a vote this week on the disapproval resolution.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | Bloomberg News | Billy House
Congress faces a Monday deadline to repeal a new Washington, D.C., law that would prohibit employers from discriminating against employees who obtain abortions or use birth control, and Republicans in the House seem divided about whether to make the effort.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | The Hill (DC) | Cristina Marcos
The House plans to vote Friday on a resolution disapproving of the District of Columbia's law preventing employment discrimination based on reproductive health decisions. Congress has the power to stop laws passed by the D.C. council, but it must have the support of both chambers and the president's signature.
Caving to Conservative Pressure, GOP Leadership Agrees to Hold Vote to Protect Religious Freedom in D.C.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | The Daily Signal | Kelsey Harkness
After facing pressure from conservative lawmakers, House leadership has agreed to hold a vote on a measure that could strike down a Washington, D.C., anti-discrimination law that opponents say infringes on the ability of organizations to operate in accordance to their religious beliefs.
Friday, April 24, 2015 | Raw Story | Joan Shipps
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?”
Friday, April 24, 2015 | Washington Post (DC) | Colbert King
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.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 | Washington Post (DC) | Aaron C. Davis
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.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 | Washington Post (DC) | Dana Milbank
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.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 | DCist.com | Rachel Sadon
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.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 | The Daily Caller - dailycaller.com | Josh Fatzick
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.