What: All Issues : Labor Rights : H.R. 3030. Community Services Block Grants/Vote to Prevent Organizations Which Receive Taxpayer Funding to Conduct Anti-Poverty Programs from Requiring Recipients of Poverty Aid to Participate in Religious Activities. (2004 house Roll Call 16)
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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 Requiring Recipients of Poverty Aid to Participate in Religious Activities.
house Roll Call 16     Feb 04, 2004
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

During debate on legislation to reauthorize federal funding for the community services block grant program-a federal program which helps fund the anti-poverty efforts of over 1,000 charitable organizations-Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) proposed an amendment which would have prevented any organization that receives a federal block grant to combat poverty from requiring individuals who require the organization's assistance to participate in religious activities. Progressives endorsed Scott's proposal because, in their view, the constitutionally-mandated separation between church and state forbids organizations from using taxpayer money for church recruitment or other religious activities. Conservatives voted against Scott's proposal on the grounds that it would have a chilling effect on the participation of religiously-affiliated providers of anti-poverty programs. 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 180-233, the Scott amendment was defeated and religious groups were not required to separate their religious activities from their anti-poverty programs.

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