House will act to reverse Obama administration attack on religious freedom

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.

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If 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.

Rep. Boehner (R-Ohio) is the Speaker of the House of Representatives.