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POLITICAL BRIEFING

Legislative News for the Week of February 27, 2012

In This Issue
Senate Expected to Vote Today on Senator Blunt's Conscience Exemption Amendment
RNC Talking Points
NFRW Supports Senate Amendment Reversing Contraception Mandate

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: 
Senate Expected to Vote Today on Senator Blunt's Conscience Exemption Amendment
 
  Today, the Senate is expected to vote on an amendment presented by Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) on the highway authorization bill (S. 1813).

 

 The "conscience exemption" amendment would allow employers to omit health insurance coverage for services that violate their religious or moral convictions. 

 

The amendment was presented in response to the the Obama Administration's new rule that requires health plans to cover contraception without charging employees a co-payment. 
 
 Call your Senators today at (202) 224-3121 and urge them to vote YES on the Blunt Amendment.
 
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
 202-224-3542 



RNC Talking Points:   

Obama Administration Violates Religious Rights

 

 

 

 

The President's mandate threatens the Constitution

  • President Obama's mandate is an affront to the First Amendment and the freedom of religion.
  • The Obama administration is attempting to control the behavior of religious organizations, forcing them to violate tenets of their faiths.
  • Obama has decided that Obamacare is more important to him than the Bill of Rights.

This is about religious freedom

  • The issue is the same, regardless of the substance of the mandate: Government is bullying religious organizations and trampling on Constitutional rights.
  • This opens the door for even greater violations of the Constitution and further big government intrusion in Americans' lives.
  • The White House will attempt to spin the issue to smear their opponents. The issue is not health services; it's the Constitution.

The impact on society could be significant

  • If the President does not reverse course, groups like Catholic charities, hospitals, and schools could decide to close their doors rather than violate their beliefs.
  • Many Americans who benefit from their work and services would suffer as a result.

This is not the first assault on the Constitution from Obama

  • Earlier this year, Obama defied precedent and made political appointments while Congress was in session, pretending they were "recess appointments."
  • When the Constitution stands in the way of his agenda, President Obama simply disregards the Constitution.
Courtesy of the Republican National Committee

National Federation of Republican Women Supports 

Senate Amendment Reversing Contraception Mandate
 

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Rae Lynne Chornenky, President of the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW), issued the following statement regarding the Republican-backed amendment in the U.S. Senate that would reverse President Obama's recent mandate that all employers provide contraception coverage for employees.

 

"The National Federation of Republican Women applauds Republicans in the U.S. Senate for taking quick and decisive action to reverse President Obama's overreaching contraception mandate," Chornenky said. 

 

"For political reasons, Democrats have contrived to turn this into a women's health issue by scaring women into believing that Republicans want to outlaw contraception. Nothing could be further from the truth. 

 

Republicans do not oppose contraception. We oppose an administration that ignores the First Amendment and bullies religious organizations into violating the tenets of their faith."