Bill Would Allow Religious Groups Access to Government Funding

August 3, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 3, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "cabinet secretaries could convert $47 billion worth of social spending into vouchers, giving participants in...[social service] programs the chance to shop around for religious or secular services, under legislation approved by the House. The provision [is] part of a bill that would open 10 government programs up to religious groups...Unlike groups that receive direct funding, [groups that receive money through vouchers] could include religious instruction or prayer and require that participants take part."