Sending Office: Honorable Joseph P. Kennedy III
Sent By:

Deadline Tuesday, February 25

Dear Colleague,

We invite you to join us in sending a letter to President Trump urging him to rescind nine proposed rules recently issued by his administration and to cease distorting the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) from its original purpose. The proposed rules
would roll back religious freedom protections for individuals seeking various government-funded social services and affect:

  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Housing and Urban Development
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Agency for International Development

Most notably, these rules would rescind requirements that taxpayer-funded religious social providers take reasonable steps to refer beneficiaries to alternative providers, if requested. In addition, these proposals would, among other adverse effects, strip
requirements that providers give beneficiaries written notice of their religious freedom rights.

The administration cites RFRA as one of its justifications, grossly distorting the congressional intent behind the law. RFRA was enacted in 1993 with overwhelming bipartisan support to protect, not undermine, civil rights. Unfortunately, RFRA has since been
misinterpreted from its original intent to allow the religious convictions of one to undermine the civil and legal rights of another.

The deadline to sign on is Tuesday, February 25. Please contact
Qais Roshan
(Kennedy) or
Theresa Thompson
(Scott) if you would like to add your boss or have additional questions.




  Joseph P. Kennedy, III                                                            Robert C. “Bobby” Scott
   Member of Congress                                                                Member of Congress