Speaker Boehner, Senator Rubio urge Obama admin. to reverse birth-control mandate

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At a news conference on Capitol Hill today, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) urged President Obama to reverse a decision that would require employers, including religious organizations, to provide birth-control coverage in employee health plans.

Speaking to reporters, Sen. Rubio said, “I think the vast majority of Americans, whether on the left or the right, will tell you that the government of the United States should not have the power to be able to go in and tell a church based organization that they must pay for something that that faith teaches their members not to do. And that is what this issue is about, and that is why you have commentators on both the left and the right saying that this is wrong. That is why I think you have people in the White House uncomfortable with it.

“So here is the solution in my mind. The solution is for the President to come back and say ‘You know what, maybe we over reached. Maybe we went too far. We’ve heard from a lot of people, we are going to reconsider this decision.’ There is nothing wrong with that.”

Earlier today, House Speaker John Boehner, also weighed in on the issue saying, “If the president does not reverse the [Health and Human Services] Department’s attack on religious freedom, then the Congress, acting on behalf of the American people and the Constitution we are sworn to uphold and defend, must.”

Speaker Boehner, Senator Rubio urge Obama admin. to reverse birth-control mandate

Updated