(Bloomberg Politics) — Shortly before midnight Thursday, without fanfare, the U.S. House voted to repeal a Washington D.C. law that will prohibit employers from discriminating against workers who obtain abortions or use birth control.

The 228-192 vote was symbolic venting and conservative vote-scorecard padding, at most.

That's because Monday is the legal deadline for Congress to override the District of Columbia law, and Speaker John Boehner held the vote after the Senate left town for the weekend. President Barack Obama wouldn't sign the measure, anyhow.

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