FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 2021
Manisha Sunil, West End Strategy Team
[email protected]; Phone: 202-417-0171
Passage of Bipartisan Infrastructure Package a Crucial Step Toward a Fairer America
The long-awaited legislation ensures funding goes where it’s most needed, not to private religious groups
WASHINGTON—The Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (BIF) is critical to building more equitable communities and ensures funding goes where it is most needed. Following President Biden signing the legislation into law this afternoon, Rabbi Jack Moline, president of Interfaith Alliance, released the following statement:
“This afternoon’s signing of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (BIF) signals a historic and long-overdue shift in American priorities, strengthening much of the infrastructure on which all Americans depend and providing support for those who need it most.
“Critically, many of the legislation’s provisions will direct funding to America’s most vulnerable, correcting a lamentable error in the COVID-19 relief bills of last year which created new funding streams for private religious interests rather than directly addressing the needs of America’s most vulnerable.
“Interfaith Alliance welcomes the support BIF extends to the nation’s everyday people, those who rely on public transport to get to work or live with fear over the quality of the water their children drink. Much work remains to be done but this unprecedented legislation is a vital down payment on future investments.
“As the nation’s only interfaith organization focused on protecting the Constitutionally guaranteed freedom of (and from) religion, Interfaith Alliance is keenly aware that the impact of such funding, when directed to private religious organizations, can all too easily run counter to bedrock democratic principles. American democracy depends on a clear and inviolable line between religion and government; one way we reinforce that line is to give the necessary support to all Americans to live their lives free of religious coercion disguised as assistance.”
If you are interested in speaking further with Interfaith Alliance on this issue, please contact Manisha Sunil at (202) 417-0171 or [email protected].
Interfaith Alliance celebrates religious freedom by championing individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism. Founded in 1994, Interfaith Alliance brings together members from 75 faith traditions as well as those without a faith tradition to protect faith and freedom. For more information visit www.interfaithalliance.org.