Faith-Based Initiative Passes Senate

April 10, 2003

Source: The New York Times

On April 10, 2003 The New York Times reported that "a pared version of President Bush's religion-based initiative passed the Senate today by an overwhelming margin, but Republicans are already using other legislation to press the White House's agenda of expanding government grants to religious groups... The measure approved today began as an effort to allow churches, synagogues and other religious organizations to participate in taxpayer-financed programs for the poor. But it wound up as a bill that provides tax incentives to spur donations to all kinds of charitable groups, religious or not... The measure passed by a vote of 95 to 5, an unusual show of bipartisanship in a Senate that has been sharply divided on most issues, including judicial nominations and tax cuts."