Washington D.C., Dec 19, 2019 / 15:51 pm America/Denver (CNA).
The Senate is set to re-authorize the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom for the next three years, in a compromise bill that has drawn charges of hampering its ability to do good work.
The re-authorization is found in an omnibus spending bill that was released Dec. 16.
The move was praised by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’s spokeswoman, who said, “The inclusion of provisions related to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) in the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2020 is vital for continuing to advance religious freedom worldwide.”
She praised the “bipartisan compromise” that will “enhance its credibility and transparency.”
But the new omnibus bill clarifies that commissioners of the USCIRF cannot accept travel expenses from any non-federal source.