Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas


February 10, 2012
Press Release

Washington, DC- Rep. Pete Olson (R-Sugar Land) today issued the following statement in response to the latest "compromise" on a federal mandate that dismisses First Amendment liberties for religious institutions in America:

"The President’s sworn duty is to defend the Constitution, not make “accommodations” to try to perpetuate unconstitutional actions,” Rep. Olson said.

“Once again President Obama changes history to fit his viewpoint.  In his comments, the President insinuated that it was his plan all along to take a year to come up with a “solution” to the problem he caused.  I guess he forgot to tell everyone else about that strategy.  The President also chastised those who opposed him on this issue for making it a “political football,” but he’s the one who should take the responsibility for fumbling the ball and causing this mess.  When you are wrong, you should admit to it.  But not at this White House. 

“The President now mandates health plans to offer contraceptive services for free, but that only means that the cost of this new federal mandate will be passed on to consumers.  It is also still not clear if religious-affiliated institutions will be required to inform and direct participants in their health plans to outside contraceptive services.  

“President Obama could have done the right thing, but he still believes that government is the alter at which we should all worship.  I disagree.

“Our rights are not up for compromise, they are God-given.  I have been and will continue to be at the forefront of this issue.  My committee, the House Energy & Commerce Committee, is in charge of devising the legislation that will overturn President Obama’s decision.  I look forward to being an active participant in righting this wrong.”


Media Contact: Melissa Kelly