Wednesday, Congressman Tim Huelskamp, R-Kansas, had meetings with Hercules Industries Vice-President Andy Newland and Colorado Christian University President Bill Armstrong to discuss both legal and legislative strategies to overturn the Obama Administration’s so-called “HHS Mandate.”
That rule, promulgated by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, compels small family-owned businesses and religious groups to pay for sterilization and contraception, including abortifacients, through employee health-care plans.
In its lawsuit against Sebelius, Hercules Industries (a Colorado-based manufacturer of heating, ventilation and air conditioning units owned and operated by the Newland family) is represented by The Alliance Defending Freedom, a public interest legal foundation. In its separate lawsuit against HHS, Colorado Christian University (a nondenominational Christian liberal arts university lead by former U.S.
Senator Bill Armstrong) is represented by the public interest legal foundation called The Becket Fund.
Huelskamp released this statement:
"Americans of all faiths – including Orthodox Jews and Protestant Christians, and especially Catholics who have been unfairly targeted for persecution by the Obama Administration — must remain resolute in our demand that President Obama and Secretary Sebelius eliminate this rule in its entirety.
“In addition to touring the Hercules Industries facility and visiting the Colorado Christian University campus, I thanked Mr. Newland and Senator Armstrong for having the courage to sue the Federal government.
“I encouraged them to continue their efforts to obtain judicial review of this administration’s violation of their First Amendment rights.
“In our discussion of how much progress remains to be made on Capitol Hill, I pledged that I would continue to encourage House Republican leaders to avail themselves of every opportunity to defund the Obama administration’s enforcement of the HHS Mandate.”