Faith-Based Initiatives Blocked in Senate

November 15, 2002

Source: Religion News Service

On November 15, 2002 Religion News Service reported that "the White House has pronounced President Bush's cherished faith-based initiative dead in the Senate and blamed Democrats for killing the plan because of misplaced civil rights concerns. The plan's chief Republican sponsor, Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, tried to bring the measure to the Senate floor Thursday (Nov. 14) for unanimous approval but was blocked by Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., who is concerned that federal money could be used for proselytizing and discrimination."