New Hampshire’s House Republicans plan to take on the Obama administration’s Department of Health and Human Services Monday by passing a non-binding resolution condemning the department’s new rule mandating religious institutions provide health coverage that includes free birth control.
NH Journal has learned House Speaker William O’Brien, who identifies himself as a constitutionalist, is incensed at the Obama rule because he believes it violates the First Amendment to the Constitution.
House Resolution 29 “calls upon the United States Department of Health and Human Services to cease its unconstitutional course of action, and to rescind this rule immediately; and the House further calls upon the members of New Hampshire’s congressional delegation to undertake whatever actions are necessary to ensure that this goal is promptly achieved.”
House leaders will hold a press conference Monday afternoon in Concord to unveil the resolution. Representatives from the federal delegation and the Manchester Catholic Diocese will be represented.
One member of the federal delegation who is unlikely to be represented, however, is Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.). Shaheen is so vehemently in favor of the mandate that she has taken to personally calling cable news producers to complain about their coverage of the controversy.
NH Journal has obtained a copy of the resolution, which is posted below: