U.S./world – Focus on faith – Senate forecast, court action

The main Senate backer of a plan by President Bush to expand government support for religious groups that deliver social services says Congress is not likely to approve the measure this year, The Los Angeles Times reported Oct. 9.

“It’s always difficult to pass something, and this y ear there is especially heavy competition,” said Republican Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. “We are working on it, but time is short.”

At the same time, the U.S. Supreme Court without comment set aside an appeals court ruling that had upheld a fee that the city of Tuscon, Ariz., charged to a group holding a religious meeting, The New York Times reported Oct. 9.

The city had offered the same services free to other nonprofits groups holding events in city parks, the Times said.

For full story, go to The New York Times.

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