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Wright Introduces Religious Liberty Amendment in Appropriations Package

July 30, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Ron Wright (TX-06) delivered remarks on the House Floor in support of his amendment to the Democrats’ latest Appropriations Package (H.R. 7617). This amendment, introduced with Ranking Member Virginia Foxx, would uphold religious freedom protections and level the playing field for faith-based organizations across the United States.

Click here or see below for his remarks:

REP. RON WRIGHT: Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of my amendment, which would remove harmful language that seeks to upend religious freedom protections for organizations across America.

Earlier this year, the Department of Labor took an important step in preserving the Constitution and ensuring the civil rights of religious employers.

It’s simple, faith-based groups should be on equal footing as they compete with other employers without having to give up their sincerely held religious beliefs. Organizations such as the Salvation Army and Catholic Charities USA should not be afraid to partner with the federal government to help Americans.

Unfortunately, if House Democrats have their way, and roll back these important religious protections, these organizations will face uncertainty and confusion in the federal contracting process, possibly opting out altogether. Beyond the fact that it is wrong to tell these organizations they cannot work with the federal government to provide essential services, it is flat out unconstitutional.

I urge my colleagues to stand by their commitment to the Constitution and protect religious liberty for all Americans by supporting my amendment.

Thank you and I yield back.”

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