A GOP bill unveiled this week would ensure that states don't exclude faith-based organizations from offering child welfare services.
The measure offered by Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) would prohibit the federal government from taking adverse action against child welfare organizations for declining to provide services that conflict with religious beliefs.
Sen. Mike EnziMike EnziA guide to the committees: Senate GOP senators unveil bill to give Congress control of consumer bureau budget Grizzlies, guns, and games of gotcha: How the left whiffed on Betsy DeVos MORE (R-Wyo.) has introduced companion legislation in the Senate.
The lawmakers warned that faith-based organizations could face discrimination otherwise.
"Whether providing adoption services, foster care work or counseling for children, faith-based organizations shouldn’t have to worry that they will be discriminated against because of their religious beliefs," Enzi said in a statement.
"When it comes to helping kids and making families stronger, all service providers — religious or otherwise — should have a seat at the table," Kelly said. "No provider should ever have to forfeit their First Amendment rights in order to create a better life for a child."