Update: OGR Will Not Mark Up D.C. LGBT Disapproval Resolution; Norton Press Conference with Coalition to Focus Exclusively on Resolution to Overturn D.C. Bill Protecting Employees from Discrimination Based on Reproductive Health Decisions

Apr 17, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today said that she was pleased to receive confirmation from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (OGR) that the disapproval resolution to overturn a District of Columbia bill protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students from discrimination by educational institutions, the Human Rights Amendment Act (HRAA), will be not be marked up at any point this Congress by the Committee.  OGR had originally scheduled a markup for Thursday, April 16, of a disapproval resolution to overturn the D.C. Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act (RHNDA), but announced on Wednesday that the markup had been postponed until Tuesday, April 21.  OGR announced the rescheduling the day after the HRAA disapproval resolution was introduced, indicating it was considering marking up that resolution as well.  Despite this positive development, Norton said that she and the coalition of local and national organizations remain committed to fighting any other congressional attempts to overturn the HRAA.  Nevertheless, Norton said she appreciated that the LGBT disapproval resolution will not be considered for markup by OGR.

As a result, Norton’s press conference on Monday, April 20, at 10:30 a.m., in 2203 Rayburn House Office Building will focus solely on the RHNDA disapproval resolution.  RHNDA would prohibit employers from discriminating against an employee, spouse or dependent based on private reproductive health decisions.  The RHNDA disapproval resolution is scheduled to be marked up by OGR on Tuesday, April 21, at 5:00 p.m.

A representative from Catholics for Choice will speak for the coalition at the press conference, and other national and local coalition groups will be in attendance to show support and answer questions.

Among the representatives of the coalition expected to attend the press conference include the National Women’s Law Center, the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Human Rights Campaign, DC Vote, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, DC, Center for Reproductive Rights, Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity, and Americans United for Separation of Church and State.


Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)

Glenn Northern, Catholics for Choice, Domestic Program Senior Associate


Press Conference on Republican Disapproval Resolution to Overturn D.C. Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act


House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee Room

2203 Rayburn House Office Building



April 20, 2015

10:30 a.m.