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Oppose Taxpayer-Funded Discrimination in the NDAA

Every year, Congress passes the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets defense policy and funds the Department of Defense. The NDAA for FY 2017, which is currently under consideration, contains a deeply problematic provision – known as Sec. 1094, or the Russell Amendment – that would authorize employment discrimination on the basis of religion using money provided through government contracts and grants. This is taxpayer-funded discrimination, and must be removed from the final version of the NDAA. Take action today to urge your Senators to adopt the NDAA for FY 2017 without the Russell Amendment.

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    The Russell Amendment was added to the House version of the NDAA and the bill, was adopted by the House on May 18, 2016. It is now under consideration by the Senate. The final version of this bill must not include the Russell Amendment. Including this harmful provision would  allow for broad-sweeping government-funded employment discrimination. This provision goes against the longstanding principles that the government should not fund discrimination – no one should be disqualified from a taxpayer-funded job because of their faith or lack thereof.

    Jewish Values

    Too often in our history Jews have known the pain of religious discrimination. Tax dollars should never be used to discriminate; allowing a thriving plurality of religious practices and beliefs is a hallmark of American life.

    More Information

    You can email your Members of Congress through our form above, or you can call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to speak directly with their offices.

    For more information on this issue, visit the RAC’s Church-State issues page or contact Assistant Legislative Director Sarah Greenberg.