House Republicans Oppose, but May Fund, Attack on Religious Liberty

By:  Jack Kenny
08/06/2012
       
House Republicans Oppose, but May Fund, Attack on Religious Liberty

 Even as Republicans campaign in this year's election on a promise to repeal President Obama's signature health care program, the party's leadership in the House appears ready to continue funding for ObamaCare and its controversial mandate that employers include coverage for contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs in health care plans for their employees.

 Even as Republicans campaign in this year's election on a promise to repeal President Obama's signature health care program, the party's leadership in the House appears ready to continue funding for ObamaCare and its controversial mandate that employers include coverage for contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs in health care plans for their employees.

With no budget passed for the current year, the House and Senate last week reached agreement on a continuing resolution to continue funding all government departments and program at current levels through March of next year. The agreement has been scheduled for a vote in September, as current spending authority expires on September 30. At a press conference at the capitol last Thursday, Cybercast News Service (formerly Conservative News Service) asked House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) about funding for ObamaCare and the contraceptive regulation, which went into effect on Wednesday.

"You called the Health and Human Services contraception mandate, quote, 'an unambiguous attack on religious freedom,'" The CNS reporter reminded the speaker. "The Republican House can permit or not permit funding for this attack. Are you going to give the administration the money to do it?"

"Listen, I and other members of the House continue to work with organizations that are concerned about this attack on religious liberty," Boehner replied. "And I don't think we need to disclose at this point in time what our tactics will be or how we're going to approach this." Boehner noted that "millions of Americans are unhappy" over the mandate, "and we're going to continue to work with them."

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Photo of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio): AP Image

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