House votes to reauthorize religious-tolerance commission
U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Dist. 14) recently voted with the majority in reauthorizing the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Reauthorization Act of 2015.
The USCIRF was created in 1998 by the International Religious Freedom Act as an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission that monitors freedom of religion abroad. The bill would reauthorize the commission until 2019.
"I rise today to support a commission which embodies the highest of our democratic principles: independence, bipartisanship, transparency and the defense of our fundamental freedoms," Hultgren said in remarks submitted to the congressional record. "One of the best ways to expose attacks on religious freedom is meticulous chronicling of such abuses and then proclaiming them loud and clear to a watching world."
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