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Hunter Voucher Amendment Defeated Again!

By Nate Hennagin

Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives once again defeated an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (H.R. 1540), which would have created a $10 million private school voucher program for military dependent children with special needs. Read more

State Legislative Victory: LA Senate Committee Strikes Down Ten Commandments Bill

By Nate Hennagin

Yesterday, the Louisiana Senate and Governmental Affairs committee rejected a bill that would have created a Ten Commandments monument on the capitol grounds. The bill, HB 277, was voted down 5-2 because of concerns that potential litigation over the display would be too costly for the state. Read more

Rep. Hunter Re-Introduces Military Voucher Amendment

By Nate Hennagin

Today, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) will try again to pass an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (H.R. 1540) that would create a $10 million private school voucher program for military dependent children with special education needs. This time he is offering the bill on the House floor. Hunter introduced a nearly identical amendment during the markup of the bill just two weeks ago, which was voted down 26-34. Read more

Rep. Scott Probes Top Administration Officials on Hiring Discrimination in the Faith-Based Initiative

By Nate Hennagin

Last Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing titled "Oversight Hearing on the Department of Justice," at which Attorney General Eric Holder was the sole witness. Committee members questioned him on the actions of the Department of Justice, ranging from homeland security and interrogation techniques, to gun control. Read more

Pennsylvania Voucher Stumbles in the Senate

Last week, the Pennsylvania Senate had scheduled a floor vote on SB 1, a bill to create a statewide, taxpayer-funded private school voucher program. The bill never made it to the floor, however, after hours of closed-door meetings among Republican leadership. Proponents of the bill claim that consideration was delayed because Senate leadership needs time to make minor changes to the bill, but other reports say the leadership is scrambling for votes due to concerns about the cost of the program. Last week's delay, however, is not permanent and the bill may move early this week.

Stoking Islamophobia: Rep. King to Hold Hearing on “Radicalization” of Muslims

By Nate Hennagin

On Thursday, March 10, the Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security, Representative Peter King (R-NY), will hold a hearing titled, "The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community's Response." AU has submitted testimony to oppose the structure and focus of this hearing, as we believe it presents a serious threat to religious liberty. Read more

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