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.
Thursday, April 30, 2015 | The Tennessean (TN) | Mary Troyan
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.
Thursday, April 30, 2015 | WNEW - CBS Local | Mark Segraves
Republicans pushed legislation toward House passage Thursday that would revoke a local D.C. law barring discrimination against workers who have abortions, the latest clash pitting claims of religious freedom against reproductive rights. The GOP effort was largely symbolic because the capital city’s law takes effect on Saturday unless Congress first approves legislation blocking it that is also signed by President Barack Obama. The Senate is unlikely to consider the measure by then, and Obama would be all but certain to veto it, anyway.
Thursday, April 30, 2015 | CNN | Deirdre Walsh
Under pressure from House conservatives, House Speaker John Boehner and other Republican leaders have scheduled a vote for Thursday night on a measure that would block a controversial abortion law passed by the Washington city council. The law, approved in December, would ban city employers from taking punitive action against employees for using abortion services or birth control. Under the Constitution, Congress has the authority to nullify measures passed by the Washington city council.
Thursday, April 30, 2015 | The Hill (DC) | Mike Lillis
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi hammered Republicans Thursday over their resolution to scrap a new D.C. law barring workplace discrimination based on reproductive health choices. The California Democrat, who has long-championed women's reproductive health rights, said the measure runs counter to the Republicans' traditional small-government credos and poses "an outrageous intrusion into workers' personal lives."
Thursday, April 30, 2015 | The Daily Caller - dailycaller.com | Josh Fatzick
Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, issued a press release blasting his Republican colleagues Thursday for calling a vote to overturn a D.C. anti-discrimination bill. The proposed D.C. law could force employers in the city to hire individuals who advocate for abortion and could require those employers, even those who advocate pro-life causes, to cover elective abortions in their healthcare plans.
Thursday, April 30, 2015 | NBC News | Alex Moe
For the first time in more than twenty years, the House on Thursday will vote on a measure to strike down a District of Columbia law. Back in December, the DC City Council passed the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act, which extended protections to workers by banning employers from discriminating against employees' choices with regards to their reproductive healthcare.
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 | Newsmax.com | 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.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | Roll Call (DC) | Bridget Bowman
For the first time in 25 years, the House is set to vote Friday to strike down a District of Columbia law. A member of Congress and a GOP leadership aide confirmed Wednesday the House will debate the resolution aimed at the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act Thursday and will vote on the measure Friday. The bill aims to combat employer discrimination based on decisions people make on their reproductive health, but conservatives argue it could violate religious freedom.