House Appropriations Committee, Nancy Pelosi, Dominic Holden House discussed on Biden's Briefing
This is Biden's briefing. I'm Joe Biden every week. I'll be bringing you stories and articles that piqued my interest, and I think might peak years as well. Thank you for joining. Republicans in congress, just advanced a Bill to protect anti-gay adoption agencies. The house appropriations committee approved the amendment Wednesday. Next, it goes to the full house from BuzzFeed by Dominic Holden House. Republicans passed an amendment out of committee, Wednesday that would protect adoption agencies that refuse services such as turning away gay couples based on their religious beliefs, putting the measure over an initial hurdle in congress and bringing a state level strategy to the national stage. The house appropriations committee advanced the amendment introduced by Alabama Representative. Robert Aderholt that says, adoption agencies, declining child welfare service based on sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions could not be punished. Specifically agencies that reject applicants, including gay couples in divorcees based on religious objections could not be denied, fell. Federal funding, nor could estate deny funding to agencies. If it receives federal funding for child welfare services under the social security act. Further, the measure would punish LGBT, friendly states. The department of health and human services would withhold fifteen percent of its annual adoption dispersals from states that don't meet the same standards for protecting religious adoption. Groups states could lose federal adoption funds. For instance, if they ban anti LGBT discrimination, thereby tilting federal adoption funding towards states that allow religious recusals, the amendment could have a strategic advantage. It will next be voted on by the full house of representatives along with other critical elements of the federal budget related to health education and labor priorities rather than as a standalone Bill opponents would need to vote against the entire package to kill the amendment. But democ. Kratz who oppose the Bill and moderate Republicans could still jettison the measure. The house rules committee could mix the language or potentially more likely it could be killed on the house floor or rejected by the Senate or hold celebrated his victory on Twitter saying today, my colleagues and I of the house appropriations GOP past my amendment, which prohibits discrimination of child welfare providers based on religious beliefs or moral convictions. The Alabama Republican added in his statement that several states and localities across the country are not allowing religious organizations such as Catholic charities and Bethany Christian services to operate child welfare agencies. The reason for this is simply because these organizations based on religious conviction choose not to place children with same sex couples as co, chairman of the house coalition on Dopp Shen. My goal was straightforward doing. States to include all experienced and licensed child welfare agencies so that children are placed in caring, loving homes where they can thrive. We need more support for these families and children in crisis, nod, less Representative. Mark PO can a gay Wisconsin democrat spoke against the Bill during the committee mark-up. Wednesday, I went defy anyone to say. I wouldn't be a good adoptive parent, but this amendment would allow someone who doesn't know me to say that based on the fact that it's my husband's birthday today. He said, state legislatures controlled by Republicans, have led the push for religious freedom. Laws reaching boil over a sweeping, Mississippi law and a dispute at the supreme court over a Baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Most recently, Kansas Republican governor, Jeff, co-leader signed a law that allows tax payer funded adoption agencies to reject applicants, including gay. Apples in divorcees based on the religious objections a week before that Oklahoma Republican governor, Mary Fallin signed a nearly identical law. Those laws reflect a November twenty fifteen measure passed in Michigan, which Christie and Dana Dumont sued over in federal court last fall because a publicly funded Catholic adoption agency allegedly refused to serve them for being gay house. Minority leader, Nancy Pelosi vowed to fight the amendment in a statement, Wednesday, saying, Republicans, moral bankruptcy, reaching his sickening, new low today. She said that the measure was an attempt to sacrifice the well being of little children to push bigoted anti LGBTQ agenda, potentially denying tens of thousands of vulnerable children. The opportunity to find a loving and safe home House. Democrats will fight this disgusting deeply immoral and profoundly offensive effort with all our. Strength. She said. That's it for today. If you liked today stories, share the region with a friend and let us know what you think on social media. Again, thanks for listening.