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February 15, 2012 - 3:25 pm

Looks like the bulldog of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is ready to sink his teeth into another part of the Obama Administration:

Republicans are moving swiftly with legislation, amendments, and potential hearings on the mandatethe Obama administration has put in place that forces religious employers to pay for birth control and abortion-inducing drugs for their employees.

Congress will do what it can to fight back, starting this week, as pro-life Rep. Darrell Issa, a California Republican, puts together a hearing on conscience rights.

“If this is what the President is willing to do in a tough election year, imagine what he will do in implementing the rest of his health care law after the election,” Issa said.

Rep. Dan Lipinski, a pro-life Illinois Democrat, and a host of Republicans from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), will hold a hearing entitled, “Lines Crossed: Separation of Church and State. Has the Obama Administration Trampled on Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Conscience?” on Thursday, February 16th at 9:30AM in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building.

The hearing will be streamed live on the committee’s website.

Given the way Issa has been fearless in going after Attorney General Holder and the rest of the Department of Justice over Fast and Furious, this could be the start of a similar effort against the mandate and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

I wouldn’t want to be in Sebelius’ shoes now. Perhaps if Issa puts enough heat on them, they’ll back off the mandate and–in an unusual move for this administration–follow the Constitution, especially the part about not infringing the free practice of one’s religion.

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