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Capital Roundup Exclusive Sen. Cornyn calls for birth control mandate withdrawal

As we reported earlier today, Sen. John Cornyn is among Republicans speaking out against an Obama administration mandate that faith based entities to provide insurance plans to its employees that include free birth control.

You can see his extended interview with Capital Tonight’s Alana Rocha, here:

Republicans call on Obama to withdraw birth control mandate

Republicans in Congress are threatening to take action if President Obama doesn’t reverse a new policy requiring faith based institutions to provide birth control coverage in their insurance plans.

Opponents from both parties, including the Catholic Church, are calling the move an attack on religious freedom.In a rare move today, House Speaker John Boehner took to the House floor. He told members that if Obama doesn’t reverse the new policy, Congress will take matters into its own hands.

While this mandate is creating an election year firestorm, a Public Policy Polling survey commissioned by Planned Parenthood shows the mandate actually is popular with the majority of Americans, and most notably, Catholics. According to the poll, 56 percent of Americans support health care plans that "cover prescription birth control with no additional out-of-pocket fees." Of those polled, 53 percent of Catholics said they supported the benefit.

Public Policy Polling Survey

Senator John Cornyn is also weighing in on the matter. He sent this letter to President Obama, today:

The letter comes as rumors surface that a possible settlement might be on the verge of collapse. Let’s keep the conversation going on our political blog! Capital Roundup is an extension of the interviews, debates, analysis and commentary seen on our nightly political show, Capital Tonight. We invite you to join the discussion.

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