FRIDAY
March 16, 2001
volume 12, no. 75

Bush Says No Plan to Slow Faith-Based Initiative



    WASHINGTON, DC, Mar. 14, 01 (CWNews.com) - President George W. Bush said today that he has no plans to delay proposing his faith-based charities initiative despite cautious comments from groups worried about the influence of government regulations on religious groups.

    "We're moving on a timetable that we're comfortable with," Bush told reporters as he toured an after-school program at Grace Episcopal Church in the New York City suburb of Plainfield, New Jersey. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pennsylvania, said he plans to split the proposal into several Senate bills which he will sponsor--delaying some of the more controversial parts while first advancing those likely to pass easily.

    Santorum said he would introduce the first part-- which would allow all taxpayers to take deductions for contributions to charities-- next week. The second part, allowing religious groups to receive government funding for social programs, would be introduced later.

    Bush said he was happy with what he said was bipartisan support his proposal was attracting. He said he was pleased by Democratic Sen. Joseph Lieberman's comments, reported in Wednesday's Washington Post, that the administration was handling the legislation in "the right way" by not hurrying it.


March 16, 2001
volume 12, no. 75
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