Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), former chair of the House Judiciary Committee, will hold a press conference tomorrow with Representative Diane Black (R-TN). They will unveil legislation, the Religious Freedom Tax Repeal Act, to stop the Obama Administration from taxing religious institutions for choosing to follow core tenets of their faith rather than bow to the HHS mandate that violates their conscience rights.
The Press Conference will be Tuesday, July 10, at 1 pm in Studio A of the House TV and Radio Correspondents Gallery (HVC 114). All Gallery-credentialed members of the press are invited to attend.
The U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act leaves intact a grave assault to religious freedoms— the controversial HHS mandate that requires employers to provide drugs and services in their employee health care plans regardless of religious objections to those services.
Employers that fail to comply face staggering financial penalties. According to a February, 2012 Congressional Research Report, insurers and employers that do not comply with the HHS mandate could face a federal tax of $100 per day per employee, or $36,500 a year per employee. Religious employers with hundreds of employees could be fined millions of dollars annually.
Facing this huge tax would force religious institutions like parochial schools, hospitals, soup kitchens, and universities to choose between violating their faith to keep their doors open or paying a potentially devastating tax.