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Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX-14) Statement on Supreme Court Decision - Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON D.C. – On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, U.S. Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX-14) issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court ruling on Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania

"The United States was founded on the principle of religious freedom, a promise that our government would never implement regulations that burden the exercise of our faith.  The First Amendment clearly states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”  With these fundamental guarantees in mind, this March, I joined  161 members of Congress in signing an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court of the United States to protect the constitutional rights of the Little Sisters of the Poor. 

"It is comforting when we see another branch of government answer the call during times of great uncertainty.  Today’s Supreme Court decision in favor of the Little Sisters of the Poor should be celebrated.  We welcome the clear majority (7-2) and the opinion of Associate Justice Clarence Thomas.  While government may be called upon in times of crisis, it should NOT make employers with sincerely held religious beliefs fund practices they fundamentally disagree with.  The Little Sisters of the Poor decision affirming religious freedom is a victory rooted in the founding principles of our great nation.

"Today is an historic moment for the relationship between church and state, employer and employee."