For Immediate Release:
July 7, 2016
Matthew Nocella, (202) 724-8105
Congressional GOP Continues Attempts to Upend Grosso's Non-Discrimination Law
Washington, D.C. - The following is a statement from Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large) on attempts by Republicans in the House of Representatives to ban funding to enforce the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act (RHNDA), which he championed:
“Congressional Republicans never cease to amaze me with their continued efforts to overturn the actions of the District of Columbia’s locally elected government,” Councilmember Grosso said. ”We will not allow discrimination on the basis of a person’s private reproductive health decision to occur in the District.”
The RHNDA, which was passed unanimously by the D.C. Council and signed by the Mayor, is now law and prohibits employers from discriminating against workers based on their reproductive health choices.
“Regardless of Congressional actions, discriminating on this basis is still prohibited and individuals will not lose their right to sue to enforce the law,” he said.
Grosso’s bill was already the target of a House vote last year to disapprove-or overturn-the law, an action that has not been pursued for decades and was ultimately ineffective without subsequent passage in the Senate and approval of the President.
Additionally, Republicans have introduced a variety of other amendments to weaken the District’s gun safety laws, and overturn both the budget autonomy and marijuana decriminalization referendums.
“It’s time for Congressional Republicans to focus on the serious issues facing our nation, like comprehensive gun safety reforms, and stop meddling in the local affairs of the District of Columbia. These efforts to overturn my legislation and other measures reiterates, once again, the urgent necessity for D.C. to have budget and legislative autonomy, and ultimately statehood.”