Tennessee Senator Co-Introduces Resolution to Protect Religious Liberty of Federal Contractors

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Citing the Biden administration's reversal of a rule issued by the Trump administration to protect faith-based contractors from discrimination, Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R) introduced a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act on the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) final rule. Blackburn introduces the resolution with fellow Senate Republicans North Carolina Sen. Ted Budd (R) and Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford (R).

“The Biden administration’s war on Americans with deeply held religious beliefs continues,” Sen. Blackburn said in an official statement. “Federal contractors should not be discriminated against because of their religious views, and the Trump administration’s rule ensured that employees of faith were protected. The Biden administration’s reversal of this rule is a slap in the face to faith-based organizations and Americans with sincerely held religious beliefs who want to partner with the federal government. I will always stand for the rights of Americans to express their religious views freely.”

Sen. Budd expressed his staunch support of religious liberty protections.

“President Trump’s rule was an important step to strengthen religious liberty protections for faith-based contractors,” Sen. Budd said. “The Biden Administration’s reversal of this rule needlessly targets faith-based organizations that simply want to serve our communities alongside their secular counterparts without violating their religious beliefs. I am pleased to join this effort to keep the appropriate protections in place to ensure employers of faith are able to operate within their values.”

The resoultion's co-sponsors include Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), JD Vance (R-Ohio), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Katie Britt (R-Ala.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Jim Risch (R-Ind.), Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), John Thune (R-S.D.), and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho).

The resolution is supported by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee for Religious Liberty, Scholars at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, America First Policy Institute, Advancing American Freedom, Independent Women’s Network, Family Research Council, Heritage, CatholicVote, Alliance Defending Freedom, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Family Policy Alliance.

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Matt O’Hern’s journalism experience includes political news reporting for various organizations and news publications in Florida since 2005. O’Hern graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, AL with a degree in journalism.

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