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House Panel Votes To Halt D.C. Repro Health Nondiscrimination Law Funding

The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday voted 28-22 to add to a general funding measure a provision that would prohibit local and federal funding for the enforcement of a Washington, D.C., reproductive nondiscrimination law (Act 20-593), The Hill reports.

According to The Hill, the underlying bill addresses general government programs and financial services (Shabad, The Hill, 6/17).

Background on Nondiscrimination Law

The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014 was passed by the D.C. Council in December of last year. It amends the District's Human Rights Act of 1977 to include language prohibiting employers from discriminating against employees based on their reproductive health decisions.

In April, the House approved a measure (HJR 43) aimed at blocking the law (Women's Health Policy Report, 5/1). According to Roll Call's "Hill Blotter," conservative lawmakers in the House decided to target the law through the appropriations process after the Senate opted not to vote on HJR 43 and the White House released a veto threat (Bowman, "Hill Blotter," Roll Call, 6/17).