Washington Weekly Review

February 17, 2017

House Passes Chairman Black’s Resolution Protecting States’ Right to Withhold Funding from Abortion Providers

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a registered nurse and member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, praised the bipartisan House passage of her resolution, H.J. Res. 43, which uses the authority of the Congressional Review Act to overturn a December 2016 Obama Administration rule forcing states such as Tennessee to provide Title X family planning grants to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. The resolution passed by a vote of 230 to 188.

Prior to the vote, Congressman Black led debate in support of the resolution. To watch her opening statement on the House floor, click here. A full transcript is provided below:

Madam Speaker, I rise today in strong support of my resolution of disapproval, H.J. Res. 43, which uses the authority of the Congressional Review Act to overturn the Obama Administration’s eleventh-hour rule forcing states like Tennessee to fund abortion providers... (READ MORE)

 

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Goodlatte Statement at Constitution and Civil Justice Subcommittee Hearing on Religious Liberties

Washington, D.C. - Since the birth of our nation, debates about religious liberty have been centered on the relationship between religion and government. Indeed, the founding fathers feared the effect of government on religion. In a letter dated June 12, 1812, to Benjamin Rush, John Adams stated that "nothing is more dreaded than the National Government meddling with Religion." 

Many Americans today know all too well this dread. The policies and regulations implemented under the previous Administration were in many cases hostile to the religious protections afforded by our Constitution. Thankfully, several of these policies were struck down by the Supreme Court.

In 2012, for example, the Justices of the Supreme Court unanimously rejected the government’s argument in Hosanna-Tabor. To the surprise of many, the Administration’s lawyers argued that the First Amendment had little application to the employment relationship between a church and its ministers. The Court stated that “requiring a church to accept or retain an unwanted minister, or punishing a church for failing to do so, intrudes upon more than a mere employment decision.” The decision described the Administration’s lawyers’ position as “extreme”... (READ MORE)

 

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House Majority Leader McCarthy: The House is Focused on the Betterment of All of America

Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke at a leadership press conference today on the House’s work to repeal and replace Obamacare and how Republicans are restructuring Washington through regulatory reform.

"When it comes to replacing Obamacare, we all know the challenges of what's happening to so many families. The high deductibles, all those that joined the co-ops, those 23 co-ops that were given more than $2 billion—18 of them have failed....

"That's why we cannot slow down. We have to repeal and we have to replace it. When you look at the functions of what we're doing—focusing on the individual, focusing on the care, the betterment of all of America—these two individuals [Chairman Brady (TX-08) and Chairman Walden (OR-02)] and their committees are doing the work... (READ MORE)

 

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Goodlatte Statement From Hearing on Judicial Transparency and Ethics

Washington, D.C. - House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) delivered the following statement during the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet's hearing on transparency and ethics in our federal court system.

Chairman Goodlatte: This morning the Judiciary Committee continues its examination of our nation’s federal judicial system. It is widely recognized that the trust that the American people have in our court system is crucial to its success.

While this trust has been cultivated over many generations, it can be lost quickly. This is why it is important that the Judiciary continue to operate in a transparent manner at all times and handle the disputes before it efficiently, ethically, and impartially.

This morning we will hear from three witnesses who will present their ideas regarding ways to increase judicial transparency and accountability... (READ MORE)

 

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