Sen. Landrieu provision protects Young Marines program

Sen. Landrieu provision protects Young Marines program

A provision authored by U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu to protect programs, like the Young Marines in Bossier City, that permit voluntary prayer has been included in the final bill that funds the government for Fiscal Year 2014.
A provision authored by U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu to protect programs, like the Young Marines in Bossier City, that permit voluntary prayer has been included in the final bill that funds the government for Fiscal Year 2014.

Sen. Landrieu's provision will require the Department of Justice to review the Office of Justice Programs' grant guidelines and ensure those guidelines protect grant recipients' ability to voluntary exercise their right to express their religious beliefs.

Sen. Landrieu said, "Programs like the Young Marines in Bossier City will now have peace of mind knowing that they will not have their funding revoked because they offer voluntary prayer or other religious activities."

Sen. Landrieu also said, "The Department of Justice's overreach threatened not only the positive contributions of Young Marines to Bossier, but community enhancement programs like this across the country. I'm proud to have secured this provision that will help avoid the unnecessary conflict that the Young Marines experienced the last couple years with the Department of Justice."

Since June 2012, Sen. Landrieu has been working on this issue after she learned from a constituent email that the Young Marines program might lose federal investment from the DOJ because of voluntary prayer and the mention of God in the program.

In July 2012, Sen. Landrieu added the language to the FY2014 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill, which is part of the bill anticipated to pass the Senate and House this week before heading to the President for his expected signature.


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