Education and Labor Committee Republican Leader Virginia Foxx (R-NC) spoke in favor of her amendment to the Fiscal Year 2022 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. The amendment preserves a Department of Labor rule affirming the equal rights of religious organizations to contract with the federal government.
Foxx delivered the following remarks on the House Floor:
“Mr. Speaker, my amendment defends religious organizations under attack from the radical Left. Democrat politicians’ distrust of religious entities does not entitle them to ban them unconstitutionally from participating in federal programs and contracts.
“President Biden and other Democrat politicians continue to target faith-based entities despite repeated rebukes from the U.S. Supreme Court. Democrats’ unfounded fear of religious federal contractors is, in fact, a form of discrimination. Religious organizations that contract with the federal government must still abide by nondiscrimination laws.
“We must protect the valuable Department of Labor regulation that provides certainty and predictability for federal contractors and upholds the rights of all Americans.
“Religious freedom is a non-negotiable right. My amendment upholds the Constitution and supports the right of religious organizations to do business with the federal government.
“I urge all members to vote yes on Foxx Amendment 16.”