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 KellyGeorge (Mike) Joseph KellyHouse Ethics panel reviewing Rep. Malinowski's stock trades Lobbying world Lobbying world MORE (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.
The Department of Health and Human Services would be authorized to withhold 15 percent of federal funding if a state discriminates against religious child welfare organizations.
Sen. Mike EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziWhat Republicans should demand in exchange for raising the debt ceiling Senate votes to end debate on T infrastructure bill The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by AT&T - Biden celebrates monstrous jobs report 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."