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Lieberman to Write Own Religious Charity Bill

July 23, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.) said he is developing his own version of legislation passed by the House last week that would expand federal funds for religious charities.

The House bill, supported by President Bush, faces opposition from Lieberman and other Democrats because it would preempt state and local laws barring discrimination in hiring.

Lieberman said he would write his own initiative to encourage religious-based organizations to help solve society's problems "in a constitutionally appropriate way."

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