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Monday, June 30, 2014

Toomey, Scarnati Applaud SCOTUS on
Hobby Lobby Decision

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statement today regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in the cases involving Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, an East Earl, Pa. company.

“It is great news that the Supreme Court has ruled that closely held, for-profit businesses are entitled to religious protections and exempt from the Obamacare mandate. This is a win for religious liberty.

“I am grateful for Conestoga Wood Specialties’ leadership in challenging this ill-conceived mandate. I congratulate them on the success and the relief this Supreme Court decision will bring for many closely held corporations that choose to follow their religious beliefs.” He supported Sen. Roy Blunt's (R-Mo.) bipartisan amendment to protect faith-based groups from being forced to violate their rights of conscience and wrote to former Secretary Sebelius expressing concern.

HARRISBURG – Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Senate Banking & Insurance Committee Chairman Don White (R-41) have issued the following joint statement regarding the Supreme Court of the United States Hobby Lobby ruling:

“Today’s Supreme Court decision in favor of Hobby Lobby is a monumental victory for Religious Freedom in our country.

“We are very pleased that Pennsylvania-based Conestoga Wood Specialties will be able to continue to employ hundreds of Pennsylvanians and provide them with comprehensive healthcare coverage without violating their strongly held religious beliefs.

“In their decision today, the court correctly ruled that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act trumps any executive fiat handed down by an unelected bureaucrat at the Department of Health and Human Services.

“The ruling is also another major blow to Obamacare, a deeply flawed law opposed by a majority of American people.”

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