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Entry Title Date
Hire More Heroes Act Of 2015 July 24, 2015
Orrin Hatch, R-UT
"President Roosevelt’s counsel applies today as the pace and degree of social and cultural change increase. Last month, for example, the Supreme Court held that laws defining marriage as it had been defined at all times and in all societies are now unconstitutional. A bill has just been introduced in this body that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in areas such as employment, public accommodations, housing, and education. Some are even calling for punitive measures, such as revocation of tax-exempt status, for religious institutions that do not accept such social and cultural changes."
Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions July 23, 2015
Harry Reid, D-NV
"At the same time we celebrate this historic bill, we must ensure that religious institutions have the right to their own views of marriage. As the Supreme Court noted in its decision, “it must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned.” I look forward to working with colleagues to address these issues as the bill advances through the legislative process."
Honoring Rabbi Melvin And Lenore Sirner June 1, 2015
Eliot Engel, D-NY
"Mr. Speaker, religious institutions and the men and women who lead them have the power to shape and bind communities in many incredible ways. For over forty years in New Rochelle, Rabbi Melvin Sirner and his wife, Lenore, have led Beth El Synagogue Center in New Rochelle with incredible grace, and as a result have left an indelible mark on the entire community."
Protecting Volunteer Firefighters And Emergency Responders Act April 27, 2015
Orrin Hatch, R-UT
"More often, government undermines and restricts the exercise of religion through indirect impact. General laws that on their face do not explicitly target religion can nonetheless have a profound impact when applied to particular religious practices. Zoning ordinances may restrict where churches can meet, whether they may expand their meeting place, and what services they may offer. Religious institutions may be forced to hire individuals who do not share their faith. Regulations may prohibit individuals from wearing items required by their faith or require employees to work on their Sabbath."
Concurrent Resolution On The Budget For Fiscal Year 2016 March 24, 2015
Keith Rothfus, R-PA
"Importantly, Mr. Chairman, this resolution sets the stage for us to pass real healthcare reform that will actually address cost and coverage and help American families in their healthcare choices with more freedom, more choice, and less bureaucracy. This budget respects the rights of conscience for our Nation’s doctors and religious institutions and people of faith."

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