Senate Republicans call on the Obama administration to rescind its recent ruling which will force religious institutions to pay for contraceptive services that would violate their religious beliefs. Our country was built by individuals who came to this continent to practice their religion free of government interference. Freedom of religion is the very first right enshrined in the Bill of Rights. Now the Obama administration has decided that it can do away with Americans' First Amendment rights and force people of faith to live by the dictates of the government instead of the dictates of their consciences. If the Obama administration doesn't act to rescind this ruling and restore religious liberty, Republicans will.
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) participated in a press conference on February 8, 2012, with U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), U.S. Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune (S.D.), and U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) regarding the Obama Administration's violation of Americans' religious freedom.
The Obama administration's new mandate to require most church-affiliated organizations like church-run hospitals and universities to provide contraception in employee health plans even if they are opposed by the church is a violation of religious freedom. Senator Boozman delivered this speech in opposition to that mandate.
Aware of his failure to improve the economy over the past three years, the president has adopted a new strategy to deflect attention from his record: distract and divide. The president is attempting to distract the American people with partisan political attacks, like his campaign against so-called SuperPacs (a campaign which has weakened considerably now that the president has decided he wants a SuperPac of his own) and his decision to use his National Prayer Breakfast speech to suggest divine endorsement of his tax plans. Meanwhile, he is trying to divide the American people by employing the distinctly un-American rhetoric of class warfare to pit different groups of Americans against one another. Clearly, the president has moved a long way from "hope and change."
President Obama likes to talk about helping the middle class, but his economic policies have done anything but help. In fact, he's made it worse. Thanks to the Obama Economy, American families are struggling under the weight of high gas prices, rising health insurance costs, college tuition hikes, and falling home values. It's time for the president to stop clinging to his failed economic policies and work with Republicans to pass reforms that will bring real relief to ordinary Americans.
The American people are struggling under the effects of the Obama economy - an ever-increasing national debt, high unemployment, skyrocketing gas prices, and rising health insurance costs. Republicans have a plan to grow our economy and create an environment in which job creation can flourish. We hope Democrats will join us in reforming the tax code to fuel economic growth, stopping job-killing regulations, and increasing energy security to reduce energy prices and create American jobs.