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Congressman Jim Bridenstine Supports Religious Freedom

Congressman Jim Bridenstine Supports Religious Freedom

Yesterday the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Zubik v. Burwell, a consolidated case including the Little Sisters of the Poor, Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU) and other Christian organizations.  The question is whether the Department of Health and Human Services, citing ObamaCare’s employer mandate, can legally force religious non-profits to take actions they believe to be morally wrong, specifically, providing or asking others to provide on their behalf, employer-sponsored health insurance that includes abortion-inducing drugs and other reproductive services.

Congressman Bridenstine said, “This case is a key test of First Amendment religious freedom protection, and of the intended, sweeping effect of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. In January, I joined with 207 members of the House and Senate in submitting a friend of the court brief in support of the Zubik v. Burwell petitioners.”

Four Oklahoma-based Christian universities including OKWU, located in Bartlesville in Oklahoma’s 1st Congressional District, appealed to the Supreme Court after a federal appellate court overturned a favorable lower court ruling. The Supreme Court could issue a decision as early as June.

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Congressman Jim Bridenstine Supports Religious Freedom

Congressman Jim Bridenstine Supports Religious Freedom

Yesterday the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Zubik v. Burwell, a consolidated case including the Little Sisters of the Poor, Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU) and other Christian organizations.  The question is whether the Department of Health and Human Services, citing ObamaCare’s employer mandate, can legally force religious non-profits to take actions they believe to be morally wrong, specifically, providing or asking others to provide on their behalf, employer-sponsored health insurance that includes abortion-inducing drugs and other reproductive services.

Congressman Bridenstine said, “This case is a key test of First Amendment religious freedom protection, and of the intended, sweeping effect of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. In January, I joined with 207 members of the House and Senate in submitting a friend of the court brief in support of the Zubik v. Burwell petitioners.”

Four Oklahoma-based Christian universities including OKWU, located in Bartlesville in Oklahoma’s 1st Congressional District, appealed to the Supreme Court after a federal appellate court overturned a favorable lower court ruling. The Supreme Court could issue a decision as early as June.

3 Reasons Obama’s Airstrikes Were Unconstitutional

3 Reasons Obama’s Airstrikes Were Unconstitutional

Earlier this month, it was reported that the Obama administration used drones and manned warplanes to drop bombs and missiles on Somalia, killing at least 150 people. Today, we’ll cover 3 reasons this action was unconstitutional.

To the Governor: Maine Passes Right to Try Act Rejecting Some FDA Restrictions on Terminally Ill Patients

To the Governor: Maine Passes Right to Try Act Rejecting Some FDA Restrictions on Terminally Ill Patients

AUGUSTA, Maine (March 23, 2016) – Today, the Maine Senate gave final approval to a bill that would set the foundation to nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients. The legislation now moves on to the governor’s desk for his signature. Rep.…

New Hampshire House Passes Bill Taking 1st Step Against “Policing for Profit” Via Asset Forfeiture

New Hampshire House Passes Bill Taking 1st Step Against “Policing for Profit” Via Asset Forfeiture

CONCORD, N.H. (March 23, 2016) – Today the New Hampshire House passed a bill that represents an important first step to reform and restrict civil asset forfeiture. Rep. Dan McGuire (R-Merrimack), along with 10 bipartisan legislators, introduced House Bill 636 (HB636) in January. The legislation would reform New Hampshire law by requiring a criminal conviction before…

Rhode Island Bill Would Legalize Hemp; Foundation to Nullify Federal Prohibition in Practice

Rhode Island Bill Would Legalize Hemp; Foundation to Nullify Federal Prohibition in Practice

PROVIDENCE R.I. (March 23, 2016) – A bill introduced in the Rhode Island Senate would legalize the production and processing of industrial hemp for commercial purposes in the state, setting the foundation to nullify federal prohibition in practice. A coalition of four Democrats and a Republican introduced Senate Bill 2763 (S2763) on March 10. Under the…

Minnesota House Committee Passes Bill Setting Foundation to Reject EPA Clean Power Plan

Minnesota House Committee Passes Bill Setting Foundation to Reject EPA Clean Power Plan

ST. PAUL, Minn. (March 23, 2016) – An important Minnesota House committee has approved a bill that would take a small, but important, first step in setting the foundation to reject some federal EPA rules and regulations in practice. A bipartisan coalition of 33 representatives sponsored House Bill 333 (HF333). The legislation would prohibit the commissioner…

Missouri Senate Committee Passes Bill to Ban Warrantless Use of Stingrays; Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

Missouri Senate Committee Passes Bill to Ban Warrantless Use of Stingrays; Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (March 23, 2016) – Last week, an important Missouri Senate committee passed a bill that would ban the warrantless use “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications in most situations. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in Missouri, but would also hinder one aspect…