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2550791Washington Examiner:

The House this week will debate a measure authorizing a precedent-setting lawsuit against President Obama, while the Senate takes up historic legislation aimed at overriding a Supreme Court ruling on insurance coverage of contraceptives.


While both bills will spotlight the partisan divide in Congress, the House will take up a bipartisan spending bill that will prevent the nation's federal highway projects from halting due to lack of funding.


Democratic senators, who hold the majority, have decried last month’s high court ruling that closely held companies do not have to pay for all forms of contraception under the Affordable Care Act.


The court ruled 5-4 that requiring such companies to pay for all forms of contraception violated their religious freedom under a 1993 law, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.


This week, the Senate will debate a measure aimed at abrogating the court's decision. The bill, authored by Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash. and Mark Udall, D-Colo., would mandate companies provide full coverage of contraception under Obamacare with exceptions for religious organizations, notwithstanding the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.Scissors-32x32.png

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