Washington Weekly Review

February 27, 2015

Reps. Black, Fortenberry, and Fleming Introduce Health Care Conscience Rights Act to Thwart Obama Administration’s Attack on Religious Freedom


On Thursday Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE-01), and Congressman John Fleming (R-LA-04) announced the reintroduction of H.R. 940, the Health Care Conscience Rights Act. The bill would protect Americans’ freedom of conscience and stop the Obama Administration’s attack on religious liberty. H.R. 940 offers full exemption from Obamacare’s Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate and ensures protections for individuals and healthcare entities that refuse to provide, pay for, or refer patients to abortion providers because of their deeply held beliefs.

The legislation would also specifically address the unlawful violation of religious freedom in California, where the state Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) issued a directive requiring that all insurance plans offered on the state exchange include coverage for abortions, including plans provided by churches, religious entities, and others with conscionable objections to such procedures. The Health Care Conscience Rights Act has the bipartisan support of 110 cosponsors... (READ MORE)

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Speaker Boehner: Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Address & America’s Bond With Israel

Next Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel will become the second foreign leader in history to address the U.S. Congress on three occasions.  The first was Churchill.

Ahead of the joint meeting, Speaker Boehner addressed recent comments made by Susan Rice, the president’s national security adviser. Take a look:

“The president’s national security adviser says it’s ‘destructive’ for the prime minister of Israel to address the United States Congress next week.  I couldn’t disagree more.  The American people and both parties in Congress have always stood with Israel.  Nothing – and no one – should get in the way of that"... (READ MORE)

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House Majority Leader McCarthy: House Votes to Strengthen College Savings Plans

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke on the House floor today in favor of H.R. 529 to improve and expand education opportunity by strengthening 529 college savings accounts.

Excerpts of McCarthy’s remarks are below:

"You know, during his speech—the State of the Union Address—President Obama presented what he called ‘middle-class economics.’ It didn’t take long for people to realize that the President’s plan meant taxing the middle class to pay for bigger government and pipe-dream projects"... (READ MORE)

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Congressman Randy Forbes: Executive Action and the Rule of Law

The rule of power.  For much of human history, governments and their laws were based solely on who had the power.

The American experiment turned that notion on its head.  Rather than on the rule of power, our founders established the United States of America on the rule of law. It was a somewhat novel concept in practice, that those governed by the law were both subject to it and protected by it. Most exceptional, however, was the system of checks and balances the rule of law created – it separated the power.

Today we often think of the rule of law in terms of the court system, assessing how effective it is, whether judges are fulfilling their roles as charged, and whether the law is interpreted accurately. Indeed, the conversation about “restoring the rule of law” is partly about restoring courts to their constitutional role of protecting individual liberties. But its impact stretches far beyond that. At its core, the rule of law is about protecting a set of immutable rights that are anchored in our Constitution and birthed by concepts in the Declaration of Independence... (READ MORE)

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