Government-Funded Religion in Federal Construction

Senate Roll Call No. 47
111th Congress, 1st Session

Rejected: 43-54 (see complete tally)
On February 5, 2009, the Senate defeated an amendment offered by Senator DeMint (R-SC) that would have removed religious liberty protections from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (H.R. 1) by a vote of 54-43. The ACLU opposed the DeMint Amendment because it was at stark odds with the Constitution's Establishment Clause, as well as Supreme Court precedent. It would have removed a provision from the economic stimulus bill that reinforces constitutional protections by prohibiting the government from providing "green-building" federal funds for the construction or repair of buildings used for worship or other religious purposes.

Vote Map: Senate Roll Call No. 47
Votes For : 43
Votes Against : 54
Not Voting : 2