ACLU Calls for Compromise on FBCI

April 8, 2003

Source: ACLU

On April 8, 2003 ACLU reported that "the American Civil Liberties Union today called a Senate compromise on legislation to implement parts of President Bush’s faith-based initiative a strong signal to the White House that it should abandon efforts to allow religious groups benefiting from taxpayers’ dollars to discriminate based on religion in their hiring practices... The bill, called the 'Charities, Aid, Recovery and Empowerment Act,' is expected on the Senate floor this afternoon... Reached because Republican supporters of the bill lacked the votes to pass the President’s faith-based initiative, the compromise language simply expands certain tax benefits for both religious and secular charities and increases the Social Service Block Grant. A section that would have granted faith-based organizations special preferences in receiving taxpayer funds was dropped."