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Senator Blunt Files Bipartisan Amicus Brief Against ObamaCare HHS Mandate

January 28, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) and U.S. Representative Randy Forbes (Va.) led an effort today to fight for Americans’ First Amendment rights by filing an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court regarding Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius. To read the amicus brief, click here.

The amicus brief was co-signed by a bipartisan group of 15 Senators and 71 House members. The U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear oral arguments on March 25, 2014, in two cases challenging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate. To read more about Senator Blunt’s efforts to protect religious freedom, click here

“As the Supreme Court hears this important case, I join my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and in both chambers to urge the Court to preserve the fundamental religious freedom that Americans have enjoyed for more than 220 years," said Blunt.

The amicus brief lays out three arguments: 

  1. Congress has a long tradition of protecting religious liberty – including that of groups – and there has traditionally been strong bipartisan support for such efforts.
  2. Congress enacted the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) to ensure broad protection of religious liberty, whether or not a specific religious exemption appears in a particular law.
  3. The HHS regulations do not satisfy the high bar set by RFRA. RFRA’s requirements govern the Affordable Care Act like all other statutes that do not contain an express disclaimer. Both Hobby Lobby and its owners are protected by RFRA.

Senate co-signers include: U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), John Barrasso (Wyo.), Richard Burr (N.C.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Deb Fischer (Neb.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), John Hoeven (N.D.), Mike Johanns (Neb.), Jerry Moran (Kan.) Marco Rubio (Fla.) Tim Scott (S.C.), Pat Toomey (Pa.), and Roger Wicker (Miss.).

House co-signers include: U.S. Representatives Robert Aderholt (Ala.), Michele Bachmann (Minn.), Dan Benishek (Mich.), Kerry Bentivolio (Mich.), Diane Black (Tenn.), Marsha Blackburn Tenn.), Charles Boustany (La.), Kevin Brady (Texas), Jim Bridenstine (Okla.), Paul Broun (Ga.), Eric Cantor (Va.), Tom Cole (Okla.), Michael Conaway (Texas), Steve Daines (Mont.), Ron DeSantis (Fla.), Scott DesJarlis (Tenn.), Jeff Duncan (S.C.), Stephen Fincher (Tenn.), John Fleming (La.), Jeff Fortenberry (Neb.), Virginia Foxx (N.C.), Trent Franks (Ariz.), Scott Garrett (N.H.), Trey Gowdy (S.C.), Tim Griffin (Ark.), Gregg Harper (Miss.), Andy Harris (Md.), Vicky Hartzler (Mo.), Richard Hudson (N.C.), Tim Huelskamp (Kan.), Bill Huizenga (Mich.), Randy Hultgren (Ill.), Bill Johnson (Ohio), Walter Jones (N.C.), Jim Jordan (Ohio), Mike Kelly (Pa.), Steve King (Iowa), John Kline (Minn.), Raúl Labrador (Idaho), Doug LaMalfa (Calif.), Doug Lamborn (Colo.), James Lankford (Okla.), Bob Latta (Pa.), Daniel Lipinski (Ill.), Billy Long (Mo.), Cynthia Lummis (Wyo.), Thomas Massie (Ky.), Mike McIntyre (N.C.), Jeff Miller (Fla.), Markwayne Mullin (Okla.), Tim Murphy (Pa.), Randy Neugebauer (Texas), Alan Nunnelee (Miss.), Pete Olson (Texas), Steven Palazzo (Miss.), Robert Pittenger (N.C.), Joseph Pitts (Pa.), Ted Poe (Texas), Mike Pompeo (Kan.), Peter Roskam (Ill.), Keith Rothfus (Pa.), Steve Scalise (La.), Austin Scott (Ga.), Adrian Smith (Neb.), Steve Stockman (Texas), Ann Wagner (Mo.), Tim Walberg (Mich.), Daniel Webster (Fla.), Lynn Westmoreland (Ga.), Joe Wilson (S.C.), and Rob Wittman (Va.).

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