House Will Act to Reverse Obama Administration Attack on Religious
February 9, 2012
Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) made the following
statement on the House floor:
“In recent days, Americans of every faith and political persuasion have
mobilized in objection to a rule put forward by the Obama Administration
that constitutes an unambiguous attack on religious freedom in our
“This rule would require faith-based employers – including Catholic
charities, schools, universities, and hospitals – to provide services
they believe are immoral. Those services include sterilization,
abortion-inducing drugs and devices, and contraception.
“In imposing this requirement, the federal government has drifted
dangerously beyond its constitutional boundaries, encroaching on
religious freedom in a manner that affects millions of Americans and
harms some of our nation’s most vital institutions.
the president does not reverse the Department’s attack on religious
freedom, then the Congress, acting on behalf of the American people and
the Constitution we are sworn to uphold and defend, must.
“The House will approach this matter fairly and deliberately, through
regular order and the appropriate legislative channels.
“Because it has primary jurisdiction on the issues involved, the Energy
& Commerce Committee is taking the lead on the legislative process that
will be necessary to enact an effective and appropriate solution.
Chairman Upton convened a hearing last year and began laying the
groundwork for legislative action when this flawed rule was first
proposed. I welcome his efforts to consider all possible options as his
committee proceeds with its work.
“This attack by the federal government on religious freedom in our
country must not stand, and will not stand.”