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God and Mrs. Thatcher: The Battle for Britain’s Soul

September 16, 2015 A woman demonized by the left and sanctified by the right, there has always been a religious undercurrent to discussions of Margaret Thatcher. While her Methodist roots are well known, the impact of her faith on her politics is often overlooked. In an attempt to source the origins of Margaret Thatcher’s “conviction politics,” Eliza Filby explores how Thatcher’s worldview was shaped and guided by the lessons of piety, thrift and the Protestant work ethic learned in Finkin Street Methodist Church, Grantham, from her lay-preacher father. Read more

The 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta: Its Enduring Legacy – 1215-2015

July 30, 2015 Magna Carta – the Great Charter – is one of the foundational documents in Anglo-American legal history. Ironically, it began, not as a statement of principle, like our Declaration of Independence, but as a peace treaty. Signed on June 15, 1215, in a field at Runnymede, England, Magna Carta sought to end the barons’ rebellion against King John by forcing the crown to adhere to the laws and customs of the realm. Magna Carta was initially thought to be a failure because King John repudiated the treaty almost before the ink was dry. But time has been good to the Great Charter. In fact, it is difficult to overstate the importance of Magna Carta in the development of Anglo-American law. English law treats it as “the Bible of the English Constitution.” Read more

Promoting Regional Peace, Security and Prosperity: Challenges and Opportunities for Pakistan

July 24, 2015 Pakistan has faced steep internal security challenges over the last decade, including countless terrorist attacks, sectarian violence, and ethnic conflict. How do Pakistan’s relations with regional countries, namely India and Afghanistan, but also Iran and Saudi Arabia, impact Pakistan’s internal security and future prospects as a regional power? How can Pakistan overcome the scourges of violence and terrorism and build positive regional relationships that will contribute to a more secure and prosperous future for the Pakistani people? Please join us for a special presentation by Special Assistant to the Pakistani Prime Minister, Tariq Fatemi. Read more

Unbreakable Bonds: The Mighty Moms and Wounded Warriors of Walter Reed

July 24, 2015 "Unbreakable Bonds" chronicles ten touching stories of mothers who spent years aiding the recovery of their children, U.S. soldiers and Marines who suffered severe injuries during the War on Terror. The survival of these wounded warriors is a testament, not only to the extraordinary efforts of military medical personnel and their own inner fortitude, but also to their mothers. These women put their lives on hold from the moment they get that first call about their injured son or daughter. They are ever present. Their commitments, like the wounds their children suffer, are life-long. Read more

Medicare’s Victims: How the U.S. Government’s Largest Health Care Program Harms Patients and Impairs Physicians

July 22, 2015 In "Medicare's Victims", David Hogberg recounts the intimate stories of patients and physicians who have struggled with Medicare – and then examines the particular Medicare policy that has caused their plight. Patients who are victims of Medicare are often the sickest of the sick – whether they are the disabled who are on Medicare's two-year waiting period; seniors who fell into Part D's donut hole; or individuals who are harmed through too much treatment or not enough. Physicians who are victims are the ones who struggle to provide the best care for their patients while Medicare's reimbursement system, in effect, punishes them for it. There clearly is one thing all of them do have in common: the lack of political power. Read more

Preparing for Disaster: U.S. Disaster Response Policy and Areas for Reform

July 21, 2015 As summer drags on and we move through hurricane season, concerns about the inevitable severe tropical storm grow. Together with other disasters, the federal government should be evaluating how well prepared the U.S. is to respond to a national disaster. Read more

Updating the Tax Code: What Everyone Needs to Know about Tax Reform

July 20, 2015 The need for tax reform is pressing. The current system stifles opportunity and is long overdue for an update. Join us for a discussion with leaders and tax policy experts who will discuss the need for fundamental tax reform and offer solutions to fix our broken system. Read more

Melvin Laird and the Foundation of the Post-Vietnam Military, 1969-1973

July 17, 2015 Melvin Laird and the Foundation of the Post-Vietnam Military – the seventh volume in the Secretaries of Defense Historical Series – examines former Congressman Melvin Laird’s efforts to reconstitute the Department of Defense during the last years of the Vietnam War. The new Secretary quickly staked out positions that challenged the President – especially on the Defense budget and the pace of the Vietnam troop withdrawals. Read more

Confronting the Human Rights Challenge in North Korea

July 16, 2015 Ms. Lee described her life under the North Korean regime and her escape in a widely popular TED talk. In her recently published book, The Girl With Seven Names, Ms. Lee also recounts life in South Korea and her harrowing efforts to get her family to freedom. She explains “leaving North Korea is not like leaving any other country. It is more like leaving another universe. I will never truly be free of its gravity, no matter how far I journey. Even for those who have suffered unimaginably there and have escaped hell, life in the free world can be so challenging that many struggle to come to terms with it and find happiness.” Read more

Patriotic Voices from Europe

July 15, 2015 Nigel Farage, Leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), will address the significance of the United Kingdom’s impending European Union referendum. An affirmation of U.K. sovereignty and a departure from the E.U. will have a direct positive outcome on U.S.-U.K. relations on trade, security, and foreign policy. Additionally, the UKIP Leader will examine concerns about radical Islam in Europe, the growth of terrorist networks and territories in the Middle East through ISIS and other terror groups as well as the rise of anti-Semitism around the world. He will also review UKIP’s responsibilities as the largest delegation from the United Kingdom at the European Parliament, having gained the support of four million voters in the most recent election. Read more

Goldwater: The Man Who Made A Revolution

July 15, 2015 By offering voters a conservative choice, not a liberal echo, Barry Goldwater laid the foundation for a modern political revolution that changed American politics to this very day. However, too many of today’s conservative leaders have lost sight of his profound legacy while a rising generation of conservatives have almost no idea of his importance. Read more

A View from the Frontlines of Islamist Insurgency: Perspectives on Terrorism in the Middle East and South Asia

July 11, 2015 What do ISIS’s rise in Iraq and Syria and Iran’s new-found power and growing sphere of influence in the region portend for the broader Middle East? What is being done to counter Islamist extremist forces in the region and what is the current state of play? How do the current regional dynamics impact the threat from al-Qaeda, especially in Afghanistan and Pakistan? Join us at The Heritage Foundation as a panel of experts discuss the evolving regional dynamics and trends pertaining to the threat of Islamist extremism and share with us various perspectives on the struggle against the threat. Read more

Scholars & Scribes Review the Rulings: The Supreme Court's 2014-2015 Term

July 9, 2015 The Supreme Court’s 2014 Term will soon be over, but the need for serious analysis has just begun. Did the High Court get the big cases right? What will the Court’s ruling in King v. Burwell mean for President Obama’s signature healthcare law? After Michigan v. EPA, how much discretion does an agency have in considering the costs of their regulations? What will happen in the aftermath of Obergefell v. Hodges, the same-sex marriage case? Will the Court’s decision about disparate impact in Texas Dep’t of Housing v. Inclusive Communities Project advance a colorblind Constitution? What’s the status of the Takings Clause after Horne v. USDA? What are the implications for foreign affairs conflicts between the Executive Branch and Congress after Zivotofsky v. Kerry? How will the decisions in Walker v. Sons of Confederate Veterans and Elonis v. United States impact free speech? Read more

United States - Republic of Korea - Japan Ambassadors’ Dialogue

July 9, 2015 Washington, Seoul, and Tokyo face growing regional threats as well as common global security challenges. But the three democracies also share opportunities for advancing economic cooperation and political stability. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s recent trip and President Park Geun-hye’s forthcoming visit affirm the importance of both critical allies to U.S. national interests in Asia. Join us for a wide-ranging discussion with Deputy Assistant Secretary Sung Kim and the distinguished representatives of the Republic of Korea and Japan. Read more

Can Puerto Rico Return to Growth?

July 9, 2015 Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro García Padilla has announced that the commonwealth’s $72 billion debt “is not payable.” Puerto Rico’s debt crisis has been brought on by persistent deficits and two decades of low growth. The Puerto Rican economy is in depression. In a report commissioned by the government of Puerto Rico, distinguished economist Anne Krueger and her co-authors bluntly reported on the sorry state of economic policy in Puerto Rico. What can the Puerto Rican government do to restore incentives, opportunity, and growth? What can Congress do to enhance economic freedom and support the commonwealth’s reforms? Read more

Conservative Heroes: Fourteen Leaders Who Shaped America, From Jefferson to Reagan

July 9, 2015 A prevailing myth asserts that there is no American conservative tradition. In truth, conservatism in America, as one early-twentieth-century politician said, is “as old as the Republic itself.” But what are its foundational principles, and how did they form the modern conservative movement? Read more

Deep France

July 8, 2015 Traveling in a land and among a people steeped in grace and tradition Read more

Clinton’s Bad Foreign Policy Record

July 8, 2015 The Iraq war vote was just one in a series of poor decisions Clinton has made. Read more

The Outrageous U.S. Role in the War on Yemen

July 8, 2015 U.S. involvement in this war has absolutely nothing to do with U.S. security. Read more

The Iran Nuclear Negotiations: Strategic, Proliferation and Regional Implications

July 8, 2015 As the Iran nuclear negotiations approach the endgame, Iran has backpedaled away from previous concessions and dug in its heels on critical aspects of the proposed agreement, including inspection arrangements, the pace and scope of sanctions relief and accounting for past nuclear activities. The trajectory of the negotiations, which are likely to drag on past the June 30th deadline, have alarmed U.S. allies, members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, and even former members of the Obama Administration engaged in the issue. Join us as a panel of experts addresses the strategic, arms control and regional implications of the proposed agreement. Read more

The Humanitarian Disaster in Yemen

July 7, 2015 Yemen needs an end to the blockade and a prolonged cease-fire. Read more

Daddy’s Home

July 7, 2015 And he brought macarons from Ladurée Read more

Bernie Sanders Gets His Gun

July 7, 2015 Is the Second Amendment only for conservatives? Read more

Growing Up and the Liberal Arts: A Tuesday Roundup

July 7, 2015 Why students' choice of major often depends on their parents' income—and why it matters Read more

Unlikely Working Class Warriors

July 7, 2015 Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump rise because their parties have abandoned Middle America. Read more

How Sexy Was Kant?

July 7, 2015 The hypersexualization of culture spreads all the way to reviews of meditations on the mind. Read more

Rubio vs. Cuba

July 7, 2015 Rubio's Cuba policy views are wildly at odds with what most Cubans want. Read more

Why Is the War on Yemen Being Ignored?

July 6, 2015 The lack of attention makes it much easier for the U.S. and Britain to continue their disgraceful support for an indefensible war. Read more

The Necessity of Greece’s Separation

July 6, 2015 The Greeks have even more cause to throw off German shackles than the Americans did the British in 1776. Read more

Rubio and the War on Yemen

July 6, 2015 Rubio backs the war on Yemen, and his only objection is that the U.S. is not more deeply involved in it. Read more

Marco Rubio Invades the World

July 6, 2015 From Yemen to Ukraine, the Florida senator wants war. Read more

Corker and Congress’ Clumsy Meddling on Iran

July 6, 2015 Iran hawks in Congress have interfered enough to strengthen the hand of Iran's negotiators in the final stages of the talks. Read more

Pakistan’s Path to Economic Freedom

July 1, 2015 Pakistan has sometimes been referred to as a “failing state,” given its economic, sectarian, and terrorism challenges. However, a close look at Pakistan’s economy over the last couple of years shows some signs of recovery and modest improvements with regard to economic freedom. Still, the country continues to suffer from the lack of structural economic reform. Large sections of the population live in poverty and survive on subsistence agriculture, while inefficient but omnipresent regulatory agencies inhibit business formation throughout the economy. Lack of access to bank credit undermines entrepreneurship, and the financial sector’s isolation from the outside world has slowed down innovation and growth. Read more

Flores Statement on Export-Import Bank’s Expired Authorization

July 1, 2015

Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) today released the following statement on the expiration of the Export-Import Bank’s authorization:

“Congress is right to let the authorization for the Export-Import Bank expire. The Bank has become the ‘Enron’ of the federal government, a poster child for the worst of Washington’s corruption and mismanagement. American businesses are strong enough to compete on their own, without interference from unaccountable federal bureaucrats looking to line their own pockets. I urge my fellow conservatives in Congress to join me in making sure the Bank begins an orderly wind down beginning today.”

Earlier this year, the RSC took a position against reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, citing the need for a competitive free market and the Bank’s unchanged culture of corruption.

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Marriage at the Supreme Court: Post-Decision Analysis

July 1, 2015 By the end of June, the Supreme Court is expected to release its opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges and three other cases concerning whether states will remain free to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Read more

Underestimated: Our Not So Peaceful Nuclear Future

June 30, 2015 With the world focused on the nuclear crisis in Iran, it is tempting to think that addressing this case, North Korea, and the problem of nuclear terrorism is all that matters and is what matters most. Perhaps, but if states become more willing to use their nuclear weapons to achieve military advantage, the problem of proliferation will become much more unwieldy. In this case, our security will be hostage not just to North Korea, Iran, or terrorists, but also to nuclear proliferation more generally, diplomatic miscalculations, and wars between a much larger number of possible players. Read more

Flores: Conservatives Committed to Preserving Traditional Marriage

June 26, 2015

Today, Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges:

“Today the Supreme Court overstepped its authority in another unfortunate display of judicial activism. With the Constitution silent on the question of marriage, this issue should be decided by the American people – not an activist Court. Millions of Americans have voted to preserve traditional marriage, with the knowledge that moms and dads raising kids in a stable home is essential to healthy communities and a healthy nation. I remain committed to restoring the right of Americans to decide this question for themselves, at the ballot box or through their state legislature. The first step is protecting the rights of religious organizations and schools to live according to their beliefs without facing retribution from the federal government.”

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Flores: Conservatives Remain Committed to Health Care Reform that Lowers Costs, Improves Access

June 25, 2015

WASHINGTON - Today, Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in King v. Burwell:

“I am deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court’s ruling today and disagree with their decision to save Obamacare by ignoring the plain text of the law. The Court’s ruling does not change the fact that millions of Americans are still being hurt by Obamacare. Hardworking Americans now know that access to a subsidy does not mean they will have access to improved care. The president said Obamacare would increase access to improved health care, lower insurance premiums, let you keep your doctor, and let you keep your health plan; all of the president’s promises have been proven false. For that reason, a strong majority of Americans oppose Obamacare. Conservatives in Congress remain committed to fully repealing Obamacare and implementing truly affordable, patient-centered health care reform. “

The Republican Study Committee has released its own health care reform plan, the Americans Health Care Reform Act (ACHRA).  The plan will repeal Obamacare, establish patient-centered reforms and develop free-market solutions for America’s health care sector to lower costs and improve access to care. The plan was drafted by the RSC’s Health Care Task Force, co-chaired by Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) and Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA).

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Republican Study Committee Unveils New Health Care Reform Plan

June 4, 2015

 

Today, the Republican Study Committee (RSC) released “The American Health Care Reform Act (AHCRA),” to repeal Obamacare, establish patient-centered reforms and develop free-market solutions for America’s health care sector. The plan was drafted by the RSC’s Health Care Task Force, co-chaired by Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN), who will introduce the bill today, and Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA).

 “The American Health Care Reform Act is a bold plan that will lower costs, expand access, encourage innovation and put patients back in the driver’s seat of their own health care decisions,” RSC Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) said in a statement. “I commend my colleagues Rep. Roe and Rep. Scott on their hard work and leadership. This bill allows individuals and families to choose the health insurance plan that works best for them, while encouraging insurers to earn their business by offering affordable, competitive plans. While Obamacare continues to result in spiking premiums and unaffordable out-of-pocket costs, our plan provides a new path to lower costs with no new mandates and no new taxes. Conservatives are bringing fresh, new ideas to the table while Democrats, who created this mess in the first place, refuse to help address the many problems Americans are facing because of this law.”

“I am proud to introduce this important legislation, and I thank Chairman Flores and Rep. Scott for their leadership on this issue,” said Rep. Phil Roe. “As families and employers struggle to navigate the many challenges posed by Obamacare, it’s important for Republicans to take their vision for real health care reform to the American people. Throughout the health care debate, Democrats purposely ignored Republican ideas in an attempt to create an illusion that the Affordable Care Act was the only option to fix our country’s health care system. As a physician with more than 30 years of experience caring for patients, I came to Congress to help fix our country’s broken health care system. I’ve seen firsthand how high costs affect families, and I’ve heard directly from patients the challenges they face. The American Health Care Reform Act is a better, patient-centered solution, and I look forward to pushing for these commonsense reforms in Congress.”

“Before coming to Congress, I owned and operated a small insurance agency for 20 years, and I’ve seen firsthand how unfair policies and limited competition in the insurance market increases premiums, restricts access to care, and hurts American families,” said Rep. Austin Scott. “The solutions to these problems are not found in more federal control of American’s health care; and back home in Georgia and across this nation, American citizens are suffering from the president’s broken promises under the unaffordable Obamacare law.  That’s why today, I am proud to join my colleagues, Chairman Flores and Dr. Roe, in offering a plan that fully repeals Obamacare while replacing it with a patient-centered, free-market alternative.”

Key Provisions - 

- Fully Repeals Obamacare. AHCRA goes into effect on January 1, 2016 and fully repeals the president’s health care law.

- Increases Access to Affordable, Portable Health Insurance. AHCRA levels the playing field between people who receive their insurance through their employer and those who purchase it on the individual market by creating a standard deduction for health insurance. Under the RSC’s plan, individuals with qualifying insurance receive a $7,500 tax deduction and families receive a $20,500 deduction. 

- Expands Insurance Access for Vulnerable Americans. AHCRA ensures those with pre-existing conditions have access to health insurance by expanding federal support for state high-risk pools and expanding portability so Americans can easily move between insurance markets without fear of discrimination based on health status. 

- Spurs Competition Between Insurers. AHCRA allows people to shop for and purchase insurance plans across state lines, like other forms of insurance already allow. The plan also allows small businesses to pool together to negotiate for better rates.

- Encourages Innovation. AHCRA establishes an eight year, $15 billion spending fund through the National Institute of Health (NIH) to develop biomedical breakthroughs in the five diseases that cost the most American lives each year: heart disease, cancer, stroke, Alzheimer’s and diabetes. It would also create a $1 billion prize, similar to the X Prize, for a cure to Alzheimer's disease.  

Click here to read a two page summary of the AHCRA.

Click here to read the section-by-section summary of the AHCRA.

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Republican Study Committee Takes Position Against Ex-Im Reauthorization

May 21, 2015

Today, Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) released the following statement on the conservative caucus’s position on the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im):

“The Republican Study Committee will not support the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank and believes that the bank should begin an orderly wind down when its charter expires on June 30th. Federal bureaucrats should not be picking business’ winners and losers. Instead, we know American businesses are capable of competing in a free and open market, without government interfering. Ex-Im boasts a disturbing culture of corruption and misconduct that has led to numerous criminal indictments in the last six years. Their lending standards often lack transparency and consistency. Yet rather than address these mounting problems, bank officials have repeatedly ignored required reforms from Congress and recommendations from the Government Accountability Office and the bank’s own Inspector General. We need to end Ex-Im before it becomes another Enron at the expense of American taxpayers.”

Chairman Flores today published a joint op-ed in the Washington Examiner with Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) calling on Congress to allow Ex-Im’s authorization to expire. The RSC discussed Ex-Im’s reauthorization at length, both at Member meetings and Steering Committee meetings, before taking a formal position. The RSC takes an official position on an issue when two-thirds or more of Steering Committee Members, the RSC’s governing board, vote in favor of it.

Chairman Flores believes the best thing Washington can do for America’s economy is enact tax reform, regulatory reform, free trade agreements – including Trade Promotion Authority - and litigation reform.

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Flores: House’s Pro-Life Bill “Gives a Voice to the Vulnerable”

May 13, 2015

Today, Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) released the following statement praising the House for passing H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act:

“At five months old, an unborn child can feel pain and could survive if born prematurely, as countless heartwarming and inspiring stories of survival reminded us this week. As a father and grandfather, I find it unconscionable that current law does not protect these lives, which need protecting the most. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act will give a voice the vulnerable, who cannot speak for themselves. I commend my Republican Study Committee colleagues for leading the way on this worthy and moral cause, and I thank them for their unflagging commitment to protecting each and every life.”

The bill was introduced by RSC Member Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) and co-sponsored by Chairman Flores. In January, Chairman Flores wrote a joint op-ed with Susan B. Anthony List’s vice president, former Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, calling for Congress to pass this widely supported measure.

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FACT SHEET: RSC Members Propose Reforms to Improve Department of Veterans Affairs

May 4, 2015

Last week, Republican Study Committee members submitted several important, conservative amendments to H.R. 2029, Fiscal Year 2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations that will cut waste and abuse at Department of Veterans Affairs. The reforms will improve agency efficiency and rightly hold officials accountable to American taxpayers.

Here are the top appropriation amendments from RSC members:

  • Cut Waste at the VA: Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) introduced an amendment that would prohibit the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from carrying out the Appraised Value Offer program, which spends thousands of taxpayer dollars to relocate VA officials. According to an Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigation, the VA provided an almost $300,000 relocation package to “incentivize” a highly paid senior VA employee to move just 140 miles, from the Washington, D.C. office to the Philadelphia office.  The amendment was adopted by a voice vote. 
  • Stop Rewarding Poor Results: Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA) introduced an amendment to prohibit bonuses to VA Senior Executive Service employees.  Despite the high profile failures at the VA, the VA has provided cash bonuses of up to $63,000. The amendment was adopted by voice vote. 
  • Reign in Overspending: Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) introduced an amendment to reduce the budget of the VA’s congressional affairs office, which has grown by 36 percent since 2009. The amendment reduces funding for the Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs (OCLA) by $1.5 million. Despite budget increases in recent years, OCLA continues to withhold information from Congress, including 78 outstanding requests from the Committee on Veteran’s Affairs. The amendment was adopted by voice vote. 
  • Hold Government Accountable: Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) introduced an amendment to prohibit funding bonuses for officials in the VA’s Office of Construction and Facility Management (OALC), which has wasted billions of taxpayer dollars over the last 15 years. The OALC oversees VA construction projects over $10 million, but at least four projects were delayed and mismanaged, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The amendment as adopted by voice vote. 
  • Stop Falsifying Records: Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) introduced an amendment to increase transparency and stop officials from falsifying records. The amendment blocks any funding for record systems not approved by VA headquarters and stops the implementation of the “Fast Letter 13-10” memo. Some VA employees allegedly used the memos to change dates on claims so it will appear they were reducing the claims backlog. The amendment was adopted by voice vote. 
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House Passes Resolution to Protect Right to Religious Freedom in D.C.

April 30, 2015

Today, the House passed H.J. Res. 43, a resolution to disapprove of the District of Columbia’s recently passed anti-religious freedom legislation, on a bipartisan vote. Republican Study Committee Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) spoke on the floor in support of H.J. Res. 43, calling it a reaffirmation of “Congress’ commitment to protecting our First Amendment rights.”

“Despite its name, the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act does, in fact, discriminate against those who exercise their right to live according to their religious beliefs,” Chairman Flores stated.  “The D.C. measure tells values-based organizations that they may no longer live and work according to the very principles that they advocate. A Christian school would be required to pay for health insurance policies that violate the beliefs they teach their students. A pro-life organization would be forced to hire individuals regardless of their commitment to pro-life values.

Chairman Flores continued, “Simply put, the D.C. Council measure compels Americans to act in clear violation of their conscience. In doing so, they ignore the opinion of most Americans, Supreme Court precedent, and the First Amendment of our Constitution.”

H.J. Res. 43 is a response to the District’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act (RHNDA), which requires employers to provide health insurance covering the termination of unborn children and to hire individuals who may advocate for those practices, even if that goes against the employer’s religious beliefs.  The resolution was introduced by Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) and co-sponsored by Chairman Flores and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC).

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Flores Statement on the House’s Passage of a Balanced Budget

April 30, 2015

Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) released the following statement on the passage of the fiscal year 2016 budget conference agreement:

“I applaud the work of House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price and the House conferees, many of whom are Republican Study Committee members, for their work in crafting this budget framework. We have a responsibility to America’s hardworking taxpayers and families to do everything we can to fix Washington’s fiscal mess. This budget balances in less than 10 years, bolsters our national security and strengthens our social safety nets. I am particularly pleased that House and Senate negotiators listened to calls from conservatives and will use reconciliation to repeal the president’s harmful health care law. Repealing Obamacare is a top RSC priority and will finally pave the way for truly patient-centered health care.”

In March, the RSC introduced its own budget proposal, titled “Blueprint for a Balanced Budget.”

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House Schedules Vote on Resolution to Protect Religious Freedom in D.C.

April 29, 2015

WASHINGTON – The House will vote this Friday, May 1st on a resolution to disapprove of the District of Columbia’s recent legislation which violates First Amendment religious liberties. A preceding debate on the resolution is scheduled for Thursday, April 30th. The Republican Study Committee is leading the fight against D.C.’s controversial measure, with RSC member Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) and other RSC members pushing the House to act by the impending May 2nd deadline.

“The upcoming House vote on the resolution to disapprove of the D.C. Council’s encroachment on religious liberty is a direct result of the persistent efforts of Republican Study Committee members,” Chairman Flores said. “We first flagged this issue when the D.C. Council passed the law and have been resolute in our belief that Congress has the right and the responsibility to act in defense of our constitutional freedom of belief. This is not about one city, but rather about preserving the First Amendment right to religious liberty for all Americans.”

The resolution, H.J. Res. 43, disapproves of the District’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act (RHNDA), which requires employers to provide health insurance covering the termination of unborn children and to hire individuals who may advocate for those practices, even if that goes against the employer’s religious beliefs. It was introduced by RSC member Rep. Black and co-sponsored by Chairman Flores and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC). The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee passed the resolution out of committee on Wednesday, April 22nd. Last month, RSC members spurred the congressional effort to block the D.C. law by sending a letter the Appropriations Committee calling for Congress to address the D.C. Council’s actions through the appropriations process.

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