What: All Issues : Labor Rights : Rights of Individuals in the Workplace : H.R. 3030. Community Services Block Grants/Vote to Prevent Organizations Which Receive Taxpayer Funding to Conduct Anti-Poverty Programs From Discriminating Against Potential Employees on the Basis of Religion. (2004 house Roll Call 15)
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H.R. 3030. Community Services Block Grants/Vote to Prevent Organizations Which Receive Taxpayer Funding to Conduct Anti-Poverty Programs From Discriminating Against Potential Employees on the Basis of Religion.
house Roll Call 15     Feb 04, 2004
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

In 1981, Congress created a community service block grant program to alleviate poverty by funding initiatives that fight its causes. Specifically, over 1,000 organizations across the U.S. are provided federal funding in the form of community service block grants to combat unemployment, inadequate housing, poor nutrition and the lack of educational opportunities. During debate on legislation to reauthorize federal funding for community service block grants, Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) offered an amendment which would have prevented any organization which receives a community service block grant from discriminating on the basis of religion when making hiring decisions. Progressives voted in favor of Scott's amendment because, in their view, taxpayers should neither subsidize nor condone organizations which use an individual's religion as a factor in deciding to hire him or her. Conservatives voted against Scott's amendment and warned that its passage would have a chilling effect on the participation of religious groups in the community service block grant program. Many religious groups, Conservatives argued, provide valuable assistance to the nation's poor and their participation in anti-poverty programs should be encouraged. On a vote of 182-231, the Scott amendment was defeated and religious groups were allowed to continue to discriminate on the basis of religion when making hiring decisions.

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