U.S./world – Lieberman leaning – Might back bill

U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the Democratic vice presidential candidate in 2000 and a possible presidential candidate in 2004, could play a big role in championing plans by President Bush to boost government support of religious groups delivering social services, The Washington Post reported March 2.

Lieberman’s staff says he is considering co-sponsoring legislation with Republican Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania authorizing a big expansion of government grants to social service programs run by religious groups, the Post said.

Lieberman, an orthodox Jew, said in a speech to the Pew Forum on Religious and Public Life that groups such as the National of Islam and the Unification Church should be eligible for grants to deliver social services if they are kept separate from church religious activities.

For full story, go to The Washington Post.

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