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Legislative Update for September 28, 2012

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Both the House and Senate have recessed to prepare for the November elections. Congress is scheduled to return the week of November 12 for its lame duck session.

United Nations in NYC:

This week, President Obama delivered his remarks to the United Nations General Assembly. In light of the September 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on our embassies, and the murder of Ambassador Chris Steven, two U.S. marines, and an American diplomat, a United Nations address would seem like the perfect opportunity for Obama to flex some American muscle.Instead, he played weak and placated Muslim apologists with his tired diplomacy arguments, this after snubbing the Israeli prime minister earlier in the week.

Sebelius Violated Hatch Act:

Last week, the Office of Special Counsel found that Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits government employees from using their official position to influence an election.

This rebuke stems from her appearance at the North Carolina Human Rights Campaign gala to deliver the keynote address in her official status as Secretary of HHS, where she not only endorsed the lieutenant governor of North Carolina in his campaign for governor but also advocated for Obama’s re-election.

Her actions do not surprise Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee in the least.As Kansas governor, Sebelius held fundraisers in the governor’s mansion for abortionist George Tiller and Planned Parenthood.

Newland Case:

In July, a District Court in Colorado issued an injunction protecting the Newland family and their family run business, Hercules Industries, from being forced to comply with the Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate. This mandate, which forces businesses to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilization, or otherwise be penalized with hefty fines, violates their deeply held religious beliefs.Just this week, the Obama Administration filed an appeal in this case to quash the Newland family’s constitutional rights to religious freedom.

Every American should be able to live according to their religious beliefs. Americans shouldn’t be forced to shed their faith simply because they own a business.By forcing this company’s owners and their employers to violate their faith, President Obama is showing Americans that he intends to protect women’s unfettered access to abortion over religious freedom.