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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Family Research Council (FRC) today opposed the U.S. House of Representatives' proposed "deal" on the debt limit and Continuing Resolution as conveyed by sources on Capitol Hill. FRC has been at the forefront of opposing the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, because of the law's increased health care costs for families, subsidies for abortion coverage and violation of religious freedoms.
Of the proposed "deal," FRC President Tony Perkins made the following comments:
"As it's being represented, the House 'deal' to raise the debt limit and pass a Continuing Resolution through January fails to treat the American family and businesses with parity, fails to protect religious freedoms threatened by Obamacare, and fails to prevent abortion subsidies or surcharges under Obamacare.
"We have supported defunding or delaying Obamacare, or delaying the individual mandate as a first step to providing fairness to families who, unlike businesses, haven't been exempted from Obamacare. This 'deal' does nothing for fairness for families. Moreover, we have supported efforts to stop abortion subsidies and even the common sense approach to bring transparency to abortion coverage on the state exchanges contained in the bipartisan bill sponsored by U.S. Reps. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Joe Pitts (R-Pa.), Diane Black (R-Tenn.) and Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.). This 'deal' does nothing to address abortion funding problems. We have also called for religious freedom protections since the HHS mandate will continue to violate the conscience rights of employers such as Conestoga Wood, Inc., and Autocam, Inc., as well as the conscience rights of non-profit organizations such as Little Sisters of the Poor. The 'deal' does nothing to protect American's religious freedoms.
"The House framework reportedly being discussed does nothing to protect American families, the fundamental rights of conscience or religious freedoms. Since this 'deal' accomplishes none of these goals, we urge opposition to it," concluded Perkins.