Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler

Representing the 4th District of Missouri
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Hartzler Stands for Religious Freedom

April 15, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) yesterday introduced a joint resolution, H.J. Res 44, to disapprove of a recent passage of a bill by the Washington, D.C. City Council that would infringe on the rights of religious schools to operate in accordance with their beliefs. 

Hartzler introduced the measure in response to the Human Rights Amendment Act (HRAA), which the D.C. City Council passed in December of last year and was signed into law by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on January.  The law would require religious schools to act against their beliefs on human sexuality.  “By passing this Act, the D.C. City Council has infringed on the fundamental right of religious freedom,” Hartzler said.   “No faith-based school should be forced to endorse, fund, or sponsor groups that do not share their beliefs.”

“Americans are protected by the Constitution from being forced by their government to violate their religious beliefs,” Hartzler added. “Forcing anyone, including religious schools, to go against their beliefs goes directly against our Constitution and shouldn’t be allowed.”

Hartzler’s resolution, co-sponsored by Reps. Bill Flores (R–Texas) and Mark Meadows (R–N.C.), is also supported by the Republican Study Committee (RSC), which Flores chairs. 

Rep. Dianne Black (R.–Tenn.) introduced a similar resolution of disapproval earlier this week against another D.C. law, the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act, which could force pro-life employers in Washington D.C. to hire individuals whose reproductive health decisions stand in opposition to the organization’s viewpoint.  The RSC is backing this resolution as well.

Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) introduced similar measures in the Senate.

Hartzler’s resolution of disapproval, H.J. Res. 44, if passed by both chambers of Congress and signed by the President, would override the D.C. law.

Congresswoman Hartzler is a Co-Chair of the House Values Action Team and serves on the House Agriculture, Armed Services, and Budget Committees.  She represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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