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US House passes budget bill threatening life, religious freedom, parental rights

Friday, Nov 19, 2021

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Zack Pruitt regarding the U.S. House of Representatives’ approval Friday of President Biden’s and congressional Democrats’ extreme legislation:

“Today, congressional Democrats once again made clear how aligned they are with the radical Left’s agenda by voting in favor of a bill that mandates taxpayer funding of abortion and may force faith-based childcare providers out of the system. For the second time this year, the House has passed budget language that fails to include the Hyde Amendment and other similar provisions that protect against taxpayer funding of abortion. In fact, the Build Back Better Act actively strives to ensure American tax dollars will be used to pay for abortions. The bill also contains funding provisions and new grant programs that are likely to exclude many faith-based childcare providers while cutting funding to existing childcare programs currently being utilized by many faith-based providers which jeopardizes the freedom of parents to send their children to childcare programs that align with their religious beliefs. We urge the Senate to reject these dangerous provisions and instead vote in favor of policies that protect life, religious freedom, and the right of parents to direct the upbringing of their children.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, and the sanctity of life.

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ABOUT Zack Pruitt

Zack Pruitt serves as senior counsel and federal government relations director at Alliance Defending Freedom. In this role, he promotes ADF's policy and legislative work at the federal level on behalf of the broader ADF legislative advocacy team. As a principal strategist, Pruitt oversees the federal government relations team and provides legal counsel regarding ADF’s core issues to members and staff of the U.S. Congress, the White House, and federal agencies. In addition, he manages ADF’s state legislative efforts involving the freedom of speech. Prior to joining ADF, Pruitt served as senior policy analyst at Americans for Prosperity and director of public policy for the Family Action Council of Tennessee. Pruitt earned his Juris Doctor with a certificate in International and Comparative Law from St. Louis University School of Law. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is member of the state bar in Tennessee and the District of Columbia.